Solheim Cup

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The 2013 Solheim Cup

Colorado Golf Club is proud to serve as host of The 2013 Solheim Cup, the world’s most prestigious women’s team golf event.

The Solheim Cup pits the top U.S. players against their European counterparts in three days of exciting matches.

  • Competition
    • The Solheim Cup combines the tradition and prestige of the game of golf with passion for one’s country. This biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition features the best U.S.-born players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour and the best European members from the Ladies European Tour (LET). The U.S. Team leads the competition, 8-4, with Europe having won the 2011 Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle, just outside Dublin, Ireland. In 2013, the Americans look to defend their unblemished record in home matches and regain the Cup.

  • Dates
    • August 13 – 18, 2013
  • Site
    • Colorado Golf Club, Parker, CO
  • Format
    • Three-day, match-play competition. The first two days of competition feature two sessions each day, with a total of eight foursomes and eight four-ball matches over the two days. The final day consists of 12 singles matches.

      The foursomes format features two-member teams, with players hitting alternate shots using the same ball. At the end of the hole, one score is recorded for the team. In contrast, a four-ball match has each player playing her own ball throughout the entire match. At the end of each hole, the best score of the two teammates is recorded; only one score from each team is recorded for each hole.

      For the singles competition, one U.S. and one European player compete against one another. Each plays her own ball throughout the round and records her own score.
  • Scoring
    • Scoring is based on a points system, with 28 total points available over the three days of competition. One point is awarded for each match won, and half a point is given to each team for matches that end in a tie. The defending champion needs 14 points to retain the Cup, while the other team would require 14-1/2 points to win the event.
  • Team Selection
    • U.S. Team

      The 12-player U.S. Team will be made up of the top 8 U.S. born players on the LPGA Solheim Cup points list, the next 2 highest ranked eligible players from the Rolex Rankings and 2 Captain’s Picks.

      European Team
      The European Team is selected by taking the top four (4) players from the LET points standings, followed by the next top four (4) European LET members appearing on the Rolex Rankings at an agreed cut-off date, plus four Captain’s Selections.