Scotland's Gleneagles wins bid for 2019 Solheim Cup


Gleneagles will host the Solheim Cup in 2019, marking the third time Scotland will be home to the biennial women’s competition between the United States and Europe.

The Ladies European Tour made the announcement of its selection Thursday.

The Scottish bid won out in the final process over Sweden’s bid to host at the Bro Hof Slott Club outside Stockholm.

“It was an extremely close decision,” LET chief executive Ivan Khodabakhsh said.

The PGA Centenary Course at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire was also host to the Ryder Cup last year.

“The outstanding success of 2014 still looms large in the memory,” Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, said in a statement. “I am delighted that Gleneagles and Scotland will once again play host to a major international team golf event. It will help cement Scotland’s reputation as the home of golf and the perfect stage for major golf events and help inspire a new generation of children to take up the game invented in their home country.”

The news comes six weeks after Germany hosted the Solheim Cup. The Americans came from behind to defeat Europe 14½ to 13½ at St. Leon-Rot outside Heidelberg in one of the most dramatic finishes in the event’s history. The Solheim Cup is headed to Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa in 2017.

No European country has hosted the Solheim Cup more than Scotland. Dalmahoy Country Club was host to the Solheim Cup in 1992 and Loch Lomond in 2000. Sweden hosted in 2003 and ’07.