Everything you need to know about this week’s Solheim Cup

September 9, 2019

While the PGA Tour kicks off its 2019-20 season on Thursday at The Greenbrier, one of the best events in all of golf will be preparing to tee off across the Atlantic.

The Solheim Cup begins on Friday at Gleneagles in Scotland. Here’s what you need to know to follow along.

What is the Solheim Cup?

The Solheim Cup is a biennial event between the best female pros in the world from America and Europe — the women’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup. This year it’s held at Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland. Players on each team qualify via a points system throughout the season and the 12-player rosters are completed with captain’s picks.

Solheim Cup format

The Solheim Cup has changed its format several times, but it’s been consistent since 2002 (and is the same as the Ryder Cup). The first two days consist of four foursomes and four four-ball matches (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) while the final day is 12 singles matches.

Lexi Thompson tees off during the 2017 Solheim Cup in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Solheim Cup history

The first-ever Solheim Cup was played at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Florida in 1990, with the U.S. winning 11.5-4.5. The U.S. leads the all-time series 10-5 and has won three in a row twice. The Americans are looking for their third three-peat this year.

Solheim Cup rosters

U.S. PLAYER, OVERALL RECORD

Juli Inkster (team captain)
Lexi Thompson, 5-2-4
Nelly Korda, N/A
Danielle Kang, 3-1-0
Lizette Salas, 4-4-2
Jessica Korda, 1-2-1
Megan Khang, N/A
Marina Alex, N/A
Brittany Altomare, N/A
Angel Yin, 1-1-1
Annie Park, N/A
Morgan Pressel, 10-7-2 (Captain’s pick)
Stacy Lewis, 5-10-1 (Captain’s pick)

EUROPEAN PLAYER, OVERALL RECORD

Catriona Matthew (team captain)
Carlota Ciganda, 5-4-2
Anne van Dam, N/A
Caroline Hedwall, 7-3-1
Charley Hull, 7-3-1
Georgia Hall, 2-3-0
Azahara Munoz, 4-6-1
Caroline Masson, 3-6-2
Anna Nordqvist, 11-7-2
Bronte Law, N/A (Captain’s pick)
Celine Boutier, N/A (Captain’s pick)
Jodi Ewart Shadoff, 3-4-0 (Captain’s pick)
Suzann Pettersen, 16-11-6 (Captain’s pick)

Solheim Cup schedule (ET)

FRIDAY

Four morning foursomes matches: 3:10 a.m. to 3:46 a.m. tee times
Four afternoon four-ball matches: 7:40 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. tee times

SATURDAY

Four morning foursomes matches: 3:10 a.m. to 3:46 a.m. tee times
Four afternoon four-ball matches: 7:40 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. tee times

SUNDAY

Twelve singles matches: 6:40 a.m. to 1:52 p.m. tee times

How to watch the Solheim Cup (ET)

Friday: 3 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel)
Saturday: 3 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Golf Channel)
Sunday: 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Golf Channel)