Europe and the USA go head to head once again in women’s golf premier team tournament with Europe aiming for revenge after suffering defeat last time out on home soil.
Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa will have the eyes of the golfing world descend upon it for the three-day event with American Juli Inkster continuing her role as captain following success two years ago.
The Europeans could not have a more experienced captain if they tried as 10-time major winner Annika Sörenstam steps into the captain’s chair as her side aim to prevent Team USA from winning a 5th Solheim Cup since 2005.
The Americans certainly have the advantage in terms of player world rankings in their side. Key player and world number two Lexi Thompson will be making her third appearance in the Solheim Cup and has won three of her seven matches in the tournament to date.
Stacey Lewis, Christie Kerr and Danielle Kang are all inside the world’s top twenty ranked female players and the Americans will look to use that talent and experience to their advantage.
Michelle Wie and Gerina Piller are also notable names to watch out for with the pair having enjoyed success on the course over the last 18 months.
Five English players feature in the European side, star attraction Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Florentyna Parker, Melissa Reid and Jodi Ewart Shadoff make up the English quintuplet adding additional pressure for the Brits to perform.
Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist is Europe’s highest ranked player coming into the tournament as world number 13 but Spain’s Carlota Ciganda is one to watch out for and has won twice on the LPGA Tour since the last Solheim Cup.
The Course Des Moines Golf and Country Club
Located in Iowa, the course has a rich history of hosting high profile events after having hosted the 1999 US Senior Open which saw record crowds of over 200,000 show up for the event.
This year. The course will play a par 73 at 6,894 yards and will feature a mixture of holes from the clubs two courses, the North and South.
14.5 points is the magic winning number but the Americans as holders only need to make it to fourteen points in order to retain the trophy.
However, with a plethora of highly ranked players, the Americans are rightly deemed favourites for back to back titles at 10/19 with comeon.com.
Europe’s price of 37/20 with us makes them appealing as they do have form and did lift the cup last time it was on American soil at the Colorado Golf Club.
Two years ago, the Americans just edged it 14.5 to 13.5. That would suggest another close tournament could be on the cards.
Much like the European men, when the going gets tough, they appear to rise to the occasion. If the match ends a draw then the Americans retain the cup but that would still represent a strong performance from Sörenstam’s ladies and can be backed at a tempting 11/1 with us.