- 2019 Solheim Cup to be played on the world-famous PGA Centenary Course at The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, from Sept. 13-15, 2019
- European and U.S. Points Races to conclude at Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and CP Women’s Open respectively
LONDON, Jan. 7, 2019–With just eight months to go until The 2019 Solheim Cup, the battle for spots on Team Europe and Team USA will intensify with the 2019 Ladies European Tour (LET) and LPGA seasons about to commence.
The 2019 Ladies European Tour season tees off this week in Abu Dhabi, where the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open will be played on Jan. 10-13 at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, where a number of European players, including Charley Hull and Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, will be looking to earn Solheim Cup points.
The 2019 LPGA season will kick off Jan. 17-20 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. with the inaugural Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, which features nine Americans who have won an LPGA title in the past two seasons.
The prestigious biennial contest between Europe and USAreturns to Scotland for the first time since 2000, with The 2019 Solheim Cup being held at the world-famous PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles from Sept. 13-15.
Scotland’s own Catriona Matthew, a nine-time Solheim Cup participant, will make her debut as captain for Team Europe, alongside assistant captains Laura Davies, Suzann Pettersen and Kathryn Imrie.
The 2019 European Solheim Cup Team will consist of the top three players on the LET Solheim Cup points rankings, the top five eligible players from the Rolex Women’s World Rankings and four players selected by Team Europe Captain Catriona Matthew and European Solheim Cup points are doubled for 2019.
The cut-off to earn points for Team USA will be the 2019 CP Women’s Open, which will be held Aug. 22-25 at Magna Golf Club in Ontario, Canada. The 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, to be held at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland from Aug. 8-11, will serve as the cut-off for players to earn Solheim Cup points for Team Europe and the full team, including the captain’s picks, will be announced on Monday, Aug. 12, in Scotland.
With U.S. captain Juli Inkster set to be at the helm for a record third time, the Americans will head to Scotland as the two-time defending champions, having mounted a furious Singles comeback in Germany in 2015 to take a one-point win. Also returning for a third-straight Solheim Cup will be Inkster’s assistant captains Pat Hurst, Wendy Ward and Nancy Lopez.
Solheim Cup points, that determine eight of the 12 American golfers who make the team, will be worth one and a half times as much for the 2019 season as they were in 2018 and they will double for each of the five majors (ANA Inspiration, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open, AIG Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship).
The increase in awarded points means players can make big moves in a hurry by carding top-20 finishes during 2019. For example, a player who captured 40 points for an LPGA win in 2018 can earn 60 points for winning the same event in 2019.
Two other slots will be awarded to the top two Americans on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings who are not already among the top eight in Solheim Cup points. The final two players for Team USA will be selected by captain Juli Inkster.
Team Europe Solheim Cup Points
- Georgia Hall (ENG), 88.83
- Anne Van Dam (NED), 80.00
- Carlota Ciganda (ESP), 66.88
- Pernilla Lindberg (SWE), 65.00
- Caroline Hedwall (SWE), 50.00
- Azahara Munoz (ESP), 49.70
- Charley Hull (ENG), 46.00
- Anna Nordqvist (SWE), 41.25
- Celine Boutier (FRA), 35.00
- Becky Morgan (WAL), 30.00
- Olivia Cowan (GER), 24.38
- Felicity Johnson (ENG), 23.50
As it stands for Team Europe:
- Georgia Hall, Solheim Cup Points
- Anne Van Dam, Solheim Cup Points
- Carlota Ciganda, Solheim Cup Points
- Anna Nordqvist, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
- Charley Hull, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
- Caroline Masson, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
- Pernilla Lindberg, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
- Azahara Munoz, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
- Captain’s Pick
- Captain’s Pick
- Captain’s Pick
- Captain’s Pick
Team USA Solheim Cup Points
- Lexi Thompson, 265
- Jessica Korda, 232
- Danielle Kang, 227
- Lizette Salas, 220
- Nelly Korda, 218
- Marina Alex, 199
- Brittany Lincicome, 172
- Austin Ernst, 169
- Megan Khang, 167
- Angela Stanford, 161
- Cristie Kerr, 157
- Brittany Altomare, 154
As it stands for Team USA:
- Lexi Thompson, Solheim Cup Points
- Jessica Korda, Solheim Cup Points
- Danielle Kang, Solheim Cup Points
- Lizette Salas, Solheim Cup Points
- Nelly Korda, Solheim Cup Points
- Marina Alex, Solheim Cup Points
- Brittany Lincicome, Solheim Cup Points
- Austin Ernst, Solheim Cup Points
- Cristie Kerr, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
- Michelle Wie, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
- Captains Pick
- Captains Pick
About The Solheim Cup:
The Solheim Cup combines the tradition and prestige of the game of golf with passion for one’s country and continent. This biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition features the best European players from the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the best U.S. players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour. The Solheim Cup is named in honour of Karsten Solheim, the founder of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, which makes PING golf equipment. In 1990, the Solheim family, in conjunction with the LET and the LPGA, developed the concept and became the title sponsor for The Solheim Cup, professional golf’s international match-play competition for women. Today, the global partners of The Solheim Cup are PING, Scotland, The Home of Golf, and Rolex. Held every two years, the event has grown into the most prestigious international women’s professional golf team event. The Solheim Cup is the most highly coveted trophy in women’s professional golf team competition; some of the most memorable moments in the sport have happened during past Solheim Cups and berths on the European and U.S. teams are highly sought-after by players from both organisations. The 2017 Solheim Cup took place on August 14-20 at Des Moines Country Club in Iowa, United States. The U.S. Team retained the coveted Waterford Crystal prize by 16 ½ to 11 ½ points. For more information log on to www.solheimcup.com.
About the Ladies European Tour
The Ladies European Tour (LET) is headquartered at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club near London and celebrates women’s golf on a global stage. Since its formation 40 years ago, in 1978, the Ladies European Tour has crowned more than 250 different winners as players from 28 countries have lifted more than 730 championship trophies. The LET operates tournaments across six continents and The Solheim Cup, which has been played 15 times biannually since 1990, has become one of the biggest female sporting events in the world. The LET Access Series is the official developmental tour and bridges the gap from amateur to professional golf, giving young players the opportunity to gain valuable competitive experience and progress onto the main tour. Follow @LETgolf and ladieseuropeantour.com.