Solheim Cup preview: meet Team USA before next week’s big face-off against Europe

Solheim Cup

 

From September 18-20, the best women’s golf players across America and Europe will descend on St Leon-Rot in Germany for the Solheim Cup. The teams are announced, the players are ready, and with just over a week to go before they clash, what better time to take a look at the 12 players who make up each side?

We’ll be starting with Team USA, who will be hoping to win back the title they lost two years ago. The Americans hold the lead historically, with an overall record of eight wins to five losses. But in 2013, the European Team etched their names into the record books by becoming the first team ever to win the title on American soil.

On that fateful day, Caroline Hedwall of Sweden slotted home a birdie putt on the final hole at Colorado Golf Club to claim victory over Michelle Wie. The shot allowed Team Europe to retain the Cup for the first time since the biennial event began in 1990.

How do the matches work?


  • Day 1 - Four foursome matches will take place in the morning session, with four fourball matches in the afternoon session. Eight players from each team will participate in the sessions.
  • Day 2 - The following day mirrors the first, with four foursome matches in the morning and four fourball matches in the afternoon session.
  • Day 3 - On the final day of the competition, 12 singles matches take place with all 12 players from each team participating.

Solheim Cup

 

The golf course at St Leon-Rot is a tricky one, with water hazards on plenty of holes. You can see just by looking at the map how much of an impact they’ll have as the teams play their way around the course.

So who has been chosen to lead Team USA to victory? There is plenty of experience among the 12 players chosen, with many of them in their fourth outing for the squad. The LPGA have done a fantastic job with coverage in the buildup to the Solheim Cup, including a host of videos that you can check out.

One such clip is this one, which I’m including for you here so you can see the team for yourself. For more on the Solheim Cup, check back in with Birdieable next week, because the focus will turn to the defending champions. For now, though, say hello to the women wanting to get their hands back on the Cup:

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