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Solheim Cup Preview & Predictions

Updated: Sep 10, 2019


Solheim Cup



The 16th staging of the Soheim Cup begins this week, it was first staged in Florida in 1990 and named after club manufacturer Karsten Solheim, who was the driving force behind its inception, The Solheim Cup is contested between two teams of 12 players over three days. It follows the same format as The Ryder Cup, with 28 matches – eight foursomes and eight fourballs over the first two days and 12 singles on the final day.


Location: Gleneagles, Scotland (The PGA Centenary Course)


Schedule of events:

Thursday 12th Sept

The Solheim Cup Opening Ceremony


Fri 13th Sept

Foursomes Matches (4) 08:10 – 08:46

Fourball Matches (4) 12:40 – 13:25


Sat 14th Sept

Foursomes Matches (4) 08:10 – 08:46

Fourball Matches (4) 12:40 – 13:25


Sun 15th Sept

Singles Matches (12) 11:40 – 13:52

The Solheim Cup Closing Ceremony 18:00



Below we look at both teams below and give you a brief insight into each player and offer some predictions.


Team Europe

Solheim Cup Appearances: 31

Rolex ranking average: 152 108 (without Pettersen)

Average Age: 28


Team USA

Solheim Cup Appearances: 18

Rolex ranking average: 29

Average Age: 26



Europe



Carlota Ciganda (Spain)

Qualification: Solheim Cup points

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 17th (LET) 10th (LPGA)

Rolex Ranking: 12th

Solheim Cup appearances: 3

Wins: 2 (LET) 3 (LPGA)

Age: 29


Carlotta’s Solheim Cup record is good winning 5, losing 4 and halving 2 of her matches. This year she will be a player that a lot of the team look up to especially with the form she has shown this year. Carlota, is having what can be described as a very consistent season and is unlucky not to have picked up at least one victory.


In her 20 events on the LPGA she has had 8 top 10’s and 3 in her last 4 starts. This season on the LPGA she is 1st for Eagles and 3rd for birdies which could prove crucial in a match play format.



Anne Van Dam (Netherlands)


Qualification: Solheim Cup points

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 8th (LET) 74th (LPGA)

Rolex Ranking: 74th

Solheim Cup appearances: Rookie

Wins: 4 (LET)

Age: 23


The longest hitter on the LPGA this season with an average of 284 yards, which could be a key factor in foursomes. She had a season to remember last year on the LET winning 3 titles in 6 months, however, she is finding things a little tougher in her first season on the LPGA this year.


1 top 10 in 19 starts which was a few weeks ago back at the Scottish Open which could be a good sign for where this event is taking place.



Caroline Hedwall (Sweden)


Qualification: Solheim Cup points

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 4th (LET) 98th (LPGA)

Rolex Ranking: 124th

Solheim Cup appearances: 3

Wins: 6 (LET)

Age: 30


She has a good Solheim Cup record with 8 wins, 4 losses. In 2013 she became the first European to win five matches in a single Solheim Cup as her team secured a historic maiden win on American soil.


Caroline, has just made the 11 appearances on the LPGA this season and yet to register a top 10 finish. Her best result of 12th came at the DOW Great Lakes Championship.

She has had much more success back on the LET with 4 top 10s this year including a runner up spot at the Lalla Maryem Cup.


Capable of shooting very low on her given day if she is on it, would love to see her and Lizette Salas go head to head in the singles as it could be a birdie fest.



Charley Hull (England)


Qualification: World Rankings

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 12th (LET) 52nd (LPGA)

Rolex Ranking: 29th

Wins: 2 (LET) 1 (LPGA)

Solheim Cup appearances: 3

Age: 23



Charley, really rises to the occasion during the Solheim Cup and has 7 wins to her name from her 11 matches. Charley Hull became the youngest ever European at a Solheim Cup when she made her debut in 2013 aged just 17


Charley, started the year with a win on the LET at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Open. Back on the LPGA she has had 1 top 10 in her 16 starts. She has finished 30th, 24th and 24th in her last 3 starts, so her game is trending in the right direction.



Georgia Hall (England)



Qualification: World Rankings

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 54th (LET) 69th (LPGA)

Rolex Ranking: 37th

Wins: 1 (LET) 1 (LPGA)

Solheim Cup appearances: 1

Age: 23



Georgia played in all 5 matches last time in her rookie appearance at the Solheim Cup where she won 2 and lost 3 of her matches. However, she took that belief into 2018 and had a fantastic season where she won the British Open.


This year as been a bit harder going, with only 1 top 10 in 19 starts on the LPGA and no top 20 in her last 5 starts.


Has the ability to be one of the best putters on her day and really needs to use this team competition to try to rediscover some of last years form.



Azhara Munoz (Spain)



Qualification: World Rankings

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 19th (LPGA)

Rolex Ranking: 36th

Wins: 5 (LET) 1 (LPGA)

Solheim Cup appearances: 3

Age: 31



Azhara, has 4 wins to her name from 11 matches with 6 losses in her previous Solheim Cup matches.


Her season has been much like fellow Spaniards Carlota, very consistent. She has had

6 top 10’s in her 20 starts on the LPGA this year and was runner up at the KIA Classic.


Azhara, is 9th this year in putts per GIR with 1.76



Caroline Masson (Germany)


Qualification: World Rankings

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 57th (LET) 34th (LPGA)

Rolex Ranking: 48th

Wins: 1 (LET) 1 (LPGA)

Solheim Cup appearances: 3

Age: 30


Caroline, has found her previous 3 appearances a little hard going with just the 3 wins from 11 starts. She has been an ever-present member since her debut in 2013.


Caroline, will look to keep her good form going from the CP women’s open where she finished 7th and she was 11th at the British Open, so has been playing well recently.


2 top 10’s in 20 appearances on the LPGA this year. 17th for GIR in 2019 with 71.64%



Anna Nordqvist (Sweden)


Qualification: World Rankings

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 28th (LET) 53rd (LPGA)

Rolex Ranking: 69th

Wins: 3 (LET) 8 (LPGA)

Solheim Cup appearances: 5

Age: 32



Anna, has made 5 Solheim Cup appearances and her experience will be much needed for Team Europe this year. She has a good record in the event with 11 wins from her 20 matches, 7 losses and 2 halves.


She has only had 1 top 10 in 20 starts this year on the LPGA and has missed her last 2 cuts but did play better when back in Europe at the British and Scottish open finishing 11th and 13th respectively.


16th in driving accuracy for 2019 with 77.31% and will look to take this form into the event.



Celine Boutier (France)



Qualification: Captains Pick

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 19th (LET) 22nd (LPGA)

Rolex Ranking: 60th

Wins: 1 (LET) 1 (LPGA)

Solheim Cup appearances: Rookie

Age: 25



Celine, picked up her first LPGA victory at the Handa Vic Open right at the beginning of the season. She is another player who has had a very consistent 2019 season.


For me she was a dead certain captains pick due to her form this year with her win and 4 top 10’s in her 22 starts. She finished 6th at the British Open and was 26th last time out in Portland.


Boutier was born in France to Thai parents



Jodi Ewart Shadoff (England)



Qualification: Captains Pick

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 74th (LET) 51st (LPGA)

Rolex Ranking: 82nd

Wins: 0

Solheim Cup appearances: 2

Age: 31



In Jodi’s 7 matches in her 2 previous appearances she has had 3 wins and 4 losses. She comes into this event as a captains pick after a good start to the 2019 season. She had 4 top 10’s in 16 starts on the LPGA with a best of 8th 4 times!


She missed the cut in her last event and needs to find the form from the beginning of the year to play well here.



Bronte Law (England)



Qualification: Captains Pick

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 41ST (LET) 23rd (LPGA)

Rolex Ranking: 26th

Wins: 1 (LPGA)

Solheim Cup appearances: Rookie

Age: 24



Bronte, was another player for me that was a must have in this team. She has probably been the best Brit on the LPGA this year where she claimed her first ever win at the the Pure Silk Championship back in May


As well as the victory she had had 2 top 10’s from 19 LPGA starts. Bronte, has bounced back well in recent weeks with a string of good results after a series of missed cuts.

She was one of “our 10 to watch for 2019” and she has really proved why this year.



Suzann Pettersen (Norway)



Qualification: Captains Pick

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 171st (LPGA)

Rolex Ranking: 635th

Wins: 7 (LET) 15 ( LPGA)

Solheim Cup appearances: 8

Age: 38



The most experienced player on team Europe and possible the most debatable of the captains picks.


Her record in the event is good with 16 wins (4th on the all-time list) from her 33 matches, 26 losses and 6 halves.


She earned a wildcard pick from Captain Catriona Matthew despite having limited playing time since the birth of her first child in 2018. her eight appearances, which would have been nine were it not for an injury in 2017 will be vital experience for Europe



USA



Lexi Thompson


Qualification: Solheim Cup points

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 6th

Rolex Ranking: 6th

Solheim Cup appearances: 3

Wins: 11

Age: 24



Lexi Thompson returns for Team USA for the fourth consecutive Solheim Cup. She has 5 wins from her 11 matches and only loosing 2.


Lexi won the Shoprite LPGA Classic in June and has had 3 runners up spots including the US Open where she narrowly lost out. As well as that she has had 7 top 10’s in 18 starts this year.


She has also been surrounded in controversy with her criticism of the Evian Championship and then passport gate on the way to the British Open. It’s hard to remember she is still only 24 sometimes.


4th in GIR this year on the LPGA with 76.27%



Nelly Korda


Qualification: Solheim Cup points

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 8th

Rolex Ranking: 8th

Solheim Cup appearances: Rookie

Wins: 2

Age: 21



Nelly joins her sister, Jessica, as the first pair of sisters to compete on the U.S. Solheim Cup team. Nelly has had a great season with 9 top 10’s in her 16 starts with a win at the ISPS Handa Australian Open


She is coming into this event in good form with 3 top 10’s in her last 6 starts including 9th at the British Open


2nd in GIR this year with 76.82%



Danielle Kang


Qualification: Solheim Cup points

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 17th

Rolex Ranking: 17th

Solheim Cup appearances: 1

Wins: 2

Age: 26


Danielle Kang made quite an impact in her debut for Team USA. The rookie won three points for her team, including an impressive 3&1 victory over Emily Pedersen in the critical anchor position during the Sunday Singles matches.


This year she has had 8 top 10’s in her 17 starts and was 13th in her last start at CP Open



Lizette Salas


Qualification: Solheim Cup points

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 21st

Rolex Ranking: 21st

Solheim Cup appearances: 3

Wins: 1

Age: 30


Lizette Salas returns for her fourth consecutive Solheim Cup. In 2017, she was a major contributor by winning three points for her team, including the clinching point to retain the Solheim Cup for Team USA. She has 8 wins to her name in the competition.


This year she has had 3 top 10’s in her 19 starts but it was her Runner Up spot at the British Open that was so impressive. She had a short putt that would have forced a playoff but saw it slip by. She then showed how mentally strong she is by finishing 3rd at the CP Women’s Open in her next event.


6th this year on driving accuracy with 80.79%, sure to be knocking in the birdies.



Jessica Korda


Qualification: Solheim Cup points

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 30th

Rolex Ranking: 18th

Solheim Cup appearances: 1

Wins: 5

Age: 26


Jessica joins sister Nelly and makes her 2nd appearance. She only won one of her matches last time out so will look for improvement this time. Jessica, returns to the Solheim Cup for the first time since 2013 she was due to compete on the 2017 team but was forced to withdraw ahead of the matches due to injury and was replaced by Paula Creamer.


This season she has had 4 top 10’s in 14 starts, Jessica did miss the cut last week but has been pretty consistent this year with some good finishes and a best of 2nd at the Bank of Hope Founders cup.


8th this year for driving distance with 275 yards.




Megan Khang


Qualification: Solheim Cup points

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 39th

Rolex Ranking: 45th

Solheim Cup appearances: Rookie

Wins: 0

Age: 21


Megan, makes her debut on the Solheim Cup team this year. She has a strong pedigree in team events and went undefeated as a member of the Junior Solheim Cup in 2015


It's been a good year for Megan with 5 top 10’s in 18 starts. She has found some good form recently with an 8th place finish at the Evian Championship which backed up a strong finish at the Dow Great Lakes where she finished 6th.


7th in driving accuracy this year with 80.24%




Marina Alex


Qualification: Solheim Cup points

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 41st

Rolex Ranking: 32nd

Solheim Cup appearances: Rookie

Wins: 1

Age: 29


Marina, picked up her first win on the LPGA last year at the Portland Classic which really helped her earn Solheim Cup points. This year she has had 4 top 10’s in her 19 starts.


She is coming int the event in good form with 4 top 20’s in last 4 starts including a good British Open where she came 16th, 7th last time out at the Cambia Portland Classic trying to defend her title.


15th in driving accuracy this year with 77.63%



Brittany Altomare


Qualification: Solheim Cup points

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 24th

Rolex Ranking: 33rd

Solheim Cup appearances: Rookie

Wins: 0

Age: 29



Brittany is really playing well this season with 3 top 10's in her 20 starts which has seen her rise to 24th on the Order of Merit. Her best finish came in June where she finished runner up at the Meijer LPGA.


Brittany, was 3rd last time out at the Cambia Portland Classic so is coming into the event in good form.


7th this year for putts per GIR with 1.76 and 4th for Eagles with 10




Angel Yin


Qualification: Solheim Cup points

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 31st

Rolex Ranking: 31st

Solheim Cup appearances: 1

Wins: 1 (LET)

Age: 20



Angel Yin was selected as a captain’s pick in 2017 where she formed a strong partnership with Lizette Salas last year, will they repeat the team this year. One of the biggest personalities on tour and the Americans will look to her to bring positive vibes to the team.

This season she has had 3 top 10’s in 18 appearances with her best finish at the US Open where she finished runner up.


2nd longest hitter on the LPGA behind Anne Van Dam with 282 yards.




Annie Park


Qualification: Solheim Cup points

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 40th

Rolex Ranking: 42nd

Solheim Cup appearances: Rookie

Wins: 1

Age: 24


Annie, is making her debut at the Solheim Cup and was a victorious member of the victorious U.S. Curtis Cup team in 2014.


This season she has had 3 top 20’s in her 20 starts with a best of 3rd at the LA Open. She has not missed a cut since the beginning of June so is coming into the event in good form.


18th this year for eagles with 7, could be handy this week.




Ally Mcdonald


Qualification: Called up to replace injured Stacy Lewis

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 38th

Rolex Ranking: 51st

Solheim Cup appearances: Rookie

Wins: 0

Age: 26


On Tuesday Ally Mcdonald was called into replace the injured Stacy Lewis to make her Solheim Cup debut.


Ally, has had a 3 top 10's in her 19 starts this year on the LPGA with a best finish of 3rd at the Shoprite Classic. Been very consistent in the last few months not missing a cut with some good finishes.


She only just missed out on qualifying for the event so probably is the best pick for the team.






Morgan Pressel


Qualification: Solheim Cup points

Order of Merit 2019 ranking: 42nd

Rolex Ranking: 55th

Solheim Cup appearances: 5

Wins: 2

Age: 31



Morgan, has played in 5 previous Solheim Cups winning 10 points. Since joining the Tour in 2006, Pressel has missed playing in just one Solheim Cup, the 2017 matches. Pressel has excelled in the Singles matches with a record of 4-1-0.


Since her impressive 4th at the British Open she has gone on to miss 3 cuts in a row. She has 4 top 10's in her 20 starts this year.



Predictions

Winner: Europe very narrowly

Top Scorer Europe: Carlota Cignada

Top Scorer USA: Lizette Salas



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