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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Finally! Let's Talk Solheim Cup

The Solheim Cup is finally here! Consider this an introductory guide, in case you've missed some of the beginning info.

Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio

Let's get the basics -- i.e., first the venue. The Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio is no stranger to big events. In fact, it's the only club to have hosted the US Open, US Amateur, US Senior Open, and US Junior Amateur Championships. And it's hosted four US Opens and two PGA Championships. This is a big time venue!

As best I can find, although the Donald Ross course measures over 7730 yards at par-71, it appears it will play around 6430 yards for the Solheim Cup. (I'm guessing that's still par-71 but I couldn't find out for sure.)

Golf Monthly has more course info at this link.

Next we have the players. We'll start with Team Europe:

  • Emily Kristine Pedersen
  • Georgia Hall
  • Anna Nordqvist
  • Sophia Popov
  • Charley Hull
  • Carlota Ciganda
  • Leona Maguire
  • Madelene Sagstrom
  • Matilda Castren
  • Nanna Koerstz Madsen
  • Mel Reid
  • Celine Boutier

And then we've got Team USA:

  • Nelly Korda
  • Jessica Korda
  • Danielle Kang
  • Lexi Thompson
  • Ally Ewing
  • Austin Ernst
  • Megan Khang
  • Lizette Salas
  • Jennifer Kupcho
  • Brittany Altomare
  • Mina Harigae
  • Yealimi Noh

I'm not going to say one team or the other is "the strongest on paper." The players all qualified through rankings that are based on medal play scoring and, as I'm sure you all know, the Solheim Cup is match play. Scores that didn't move a player up the rankings could easily win a match at Inverness since the score you post on any given hole may not be as important as the circumstances under which you posted it -- for example, losing a hole with double-bogey is no worse than losing it with par or even birdie. Likewise, winning a hole by three shots is no better than winning it by a single shot.

In both of the above situations, one team went one-up and the other one-down. That kind of scoring is NOT reflected in the rankings... which is why I suppose captains get to choose some team members with no reference to the rankings.

Speaking of which, I guess I should mention the Captains and their squads.

Team Europe:

  • Captain Catriona Matthew
  • Laura Davies
  • Kathryn Imrie
  • Suzann Pettersen

Team USA:

  • Captain Pat Hurst
  • Angela Stanford
  • Michelle Wie West
  • Stacy Lewis

And the BMW Celebrity Match is scheduled for Thursday, September 2. It's supposed to start at 2pm ET but I haven't found TV times listed. You can find the information on those teams here.

The matches themselves are running Saturday-Monday, which means they won't be overshadowed by the Tour Championship on the final day. The Saturday TV times on GC run in two sessions, from 7am-12:30pm ET and then again from 2:30pm-6pm ET. We've been waiting all year for this so LET"S GO!

1 comment:

  1. The last time the team golf rotation was altered was of course 20 years ago when the 9/11 attacks postponed the Ryder Cup, just as last year's COVID-19 outbreak did. Now as then it set up the scenario of both the Solheim and Ryder Cups being held in the same year (in '02 they were back to back weeks), after which the Ryder remained in even numbered years and the Solheim, after a bonus edition in '03, went odd. They'll switch back to their pre-9/11 slots, but not until 2024.