Europe “loses three in a row,” U.S. “fights back”…women’s golf’s Solheim Cup kicks off

The Solheim Cup, a women’s golf tournament between Europe and the United States, will kick off today (Aug. 22) at Finca Cortesin Golf Course in Casares, Málaga, Spain. This is the 18th edition of the tournament, which was founded in 1990. It was held in even-numbered years until 2002, when it switched to odd-numbered years in 2003. The next edition will be held a year later in 2024, and from then on, it will be held in even years again. This is to avoid overlapping with the Ryder Cup, the men’s golf competition between the United States and Europe.

Europe has continued its dominance in recent Solheim Cups. They stopped the United States’ three-game winning streak in 2019 in Scotland, and then won again in 2021 in the U.S. to make it two in a row. They also improved their head-to-head record to 7-10, after previously being 5-10.

Europe and the United States each fielded 12 players for the tournament. The Europeans selected the top two European Ladies European Tour (LET) Order of Merit, the top six women’s golf world rankings and four captain’s picks from among the LET members. The United States, on the other hand, has selected 12 players, including the top seven qualifying points earned for each event on the Ladies Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour, plus the top two world rankings and three captain’s picks.

Europe, led by Norway’s Susanne Pettersen, will be spearheaded by Celine Boutier (FRA), with Georgia Hall, Charley Hull (GBR) and Carlota Zarzada (SPA), and five Swedes – Maya Stark, Lynn Grand, Anna Nordqvist, Caroline Hedvall and Madeleine Sachström.안전놀이터

The United States, led by Stacy Lewis, will be anchored by Lilia Vu, Nelly Koda, and Allison Kopuz. Vu, the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 2. The field also includes seasoned veterans of the LPGA Tour, including Danielle Kang and Lexi Thompson.

The Solheim Cup will be played over three days. On the first and second days, foursomes and four-ball matches are played, and on the final day, all players compete head-to-head in singles matches. Each match is worth one point for a win and half a point for a tie.

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