The Solheim Cup – also known as the ‘Female Ryder Cup – takes place this year at Gleneagles in Scotland and will run from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September.
The keenly-contested tournament is previewed here by David Norton.
As the golfing calendar curtains are set to be drawn, the Solheim Cup is up for grabs for the best of the European and American women golfers in the world.
With the Ryder Cup having been won by the European team back in 2018 and the Walker Cup confidently won by the States last weekend, it’s a showdown in the heart of Scotland to determine the golfing continent of the year.
The 16th edition of the Solheim Cup commences this Friday, 13th September. The prestigious ‘Female Ryder Cup’ will be lifted by the winning captain in Gleneagles, Scotland, one of the world’s great course which has recently seen entertaining golfing events such as the European Golf Team Championship in 2018 and the unforgettable 2014 Ryder Cup, which saw the European team win under the captaincy of Paul McGinley.
Since the format change in 2002, the Solheim Cup is battled for over three days. There is a total of 28 matches, which entails: eight foursomes, eight four-balls and twelve singles on the final day, which always provides an exciting Sunday evening.
The European team has a good history at this course but, unfortunately, I feel this run is going to end this weekend.
The Americans have managed to come out on top in both previous encounters, in 2015 and 2017, and I believe this year’s outcome will be the same.
The European side consists of some experienced players in Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Azahara Munoz although it only includes one golfer in the top 20 in the world LPGA rankings, Carlota Ciganda, who is ranked 12 in the world, in comparison to the Americans’ five.
Juli Inkster is selected as the American team captain for the third time, and has ended up on the winning side on both previous occasions.
The US team certainly seems to have the experience and skills to obtain their third-straight Solheim Cup, which is why USA is my NAP selection.
To Win Outright – USA – 4/7
This week sees the best LPGA tour golfers on the main stage and I believe one of these to watch is Lexi Thompson. The Florida golfer is only 24 years of age but is already playing in her 4th Solheim Cup, taking a total of 7 points from her three previous appearances, which give her a 63.6% win-rate heading into this week.
Thompson’s most recent win was in June 2019, taking home the ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey. Thompson is ranked 3rd in the world and she has both the capability and temperament to go well this week, which leads me to my second selection, which I believe is generously priced.
(USA) Top Team Points Scorer – Lexi Thompson – 4/1
Gleneagles, which is a perfect combination of both Scottish and American course design, will suit both the American and British players around the greens.
The course consists of four par 3s, all of which are rated above index 12. Hole 17, which is predicted to be playing approximately 160 yards, is rated the easiest hole on the course.
This gives me my final selection which is my outsider bet of the weekend.
Hole in One – Yes – 8/1