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Solheim Cup: Dates, schedule, history and odds

The Solheim Cup is the most prestigious team event in women's golf, with the best players from Europe taking on their counterparts from the USA every two years.

The three-day competition, featuring fourball, foursome and singles matches, is being held in Spain this year and Europe are 10/11 to make it three successes on the spin against the 11/10 USA.

What2023 Solheim Cup
WhereFinca Cortesin, Malaga, Spain
WhenFriday 22nd September - Sunday 24th September
How to watchbet365 Live Golf Tracker and Sky Sports Golf
OddsEurope 10/11, Tie 12/1, USA 11/10

When is the Solheim Cup?

The 2023 Solheim Cup starts on Friday 22nd September and finishes on Sunday 24th September.

What are the Solheim Cup teams?

Team Europe:

Captain: Suzann Pettersen

Assistant captains: Laura Davies, Caroline Martens, Anna Nordqvist (playing assistant captain)

Confirmed team:

Celine Boutier
Maja Stark
Carlota Ciganda
Linn Grant
Georgia Hall
Charley Hull
Leona Maguire
Anna Nordqvist
Gemma Dryburgh
Caroline Hedwall
Emily Pedersen
Madelene Sagstrom

Team USA:

Captain: Stacy Lewis

Assistant captains: Morgan Pressel, Natalie Gulbis, Angela Stanford

Confirmed team:

Lilia Vu
Nelly Korda
Allisen Corpuz
Megan Khang
Jennifer Kupcho
Danielle Kang
Andrea Lee
Lexi Thompson
Rose Zhang
Ally Ewing
Cheyenne Knight
Angel Yin

What is the format of the Solheim Cup?

Like the Ryder Cup, in which male golfers representing Europe and the USA compete, the Solheim Cup is a three-day match play event.

The first day features two sessions of play with four foursome (alternate shot) matches in the morning, followed by four fourball (better ball) matches in the afternoon.

On day two there are four foursome matches in the morning session and four fourball matches in the afternoon.

The Solheim Cup concludes on the third day with 12 singles matches, in which every player from the two teams is involved.

Who are the Solheim Cup captains?

Europe's 2023 Solheim Cup captain is the 42-year-old Norwegian Suzann Pettersen.

A former world number two, Pettersen has won two Major championships and played in nine Solheim Cups, most recently as part of the victorious European team in 2019.

The USA captain is Stacy Lewis, winner of the 2011 Chevron Championship and the Women's British Open in 2013.

The 38-year-old played for the USA in the 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 Solheim Cups, winning twice and losing twice.

Where is the Solheim Cup?

The biennial Solheim Cup match alternates between venues in Europe and the United States.

The 2021 event was held at Inverness Club in Ohio, so Europe will have home advantage in 2023, when the venue is Finca Cortesin Golf Club, near Malaga in the south of Spain.

Finca Cortesin, which hosted the Volvo World Match Play Championship in 2009, 2011 and 2012, is the first Spanish course to stage the Solheim Cup.

Can I watch the Solheim Cup?

Yes. You can follow the Solheim Cup on bet365's Live Golf Tracker and Sky Sports Golf will be providing live TV coverage for fans in the UK.

How many times has the Solheim Cup taken place?

The Solheim Cup first took place in 1990 and it is being held for the 18th time in 2023.

The USA won the inaugural event under the captaincy of Kathy Whitworth, but Europe are the defending champions after their 15-13 victory in 2021.

Who has won the Solheim Cup on the most occasions?

The USA have won 10 of the first 17 editions of the Solheim Cup, with Europe triumphing on seven occasions.

The Americans dominated the early years of the competition, winning eight of the first 11 stagings, but Europe have emerged victorious in four of the last six, including the two most recent contests in 2019 and 2021.

How does scoring work in the Solheim Cup?

A match play format is used throughout the three days of Solheim Cup competition with each hole worth one point.

If a team or player builds up a lead that cannot be overhauled - if, for example, they are '5up' with four holes left - then the match is over.

Each of the 28 matches is worth one point to the winner and the teams receive half a point each if a match is tied.

The first team to reach 14.5 points wins the Solheim Cup. A 14-14 tie is possible, although all 17 previous editions have produced a clear winner.

Who are the favourites to win the Solheim Cup?

Europe, bidding for a third straight Solheim Cup triumph, are 10/11 for victory in Spain, with the USA 11/10 and the tie 12/1.

In the Overall Correct Points Score betting, Europe are 11/1 for a repeat of their 15-13 victory margin of 2021 and 22/1 to win 18-10, as they did in 2013.

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