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The 2017 Solheim Cup was the 15th edition of the Solheim Cup matches, held August 18–20 at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Solheim Cup is a biennial team competition between the top women professional golfers from Europe and the United States. It is a three-day match play event between teams of twelve players with a similar format to the Ryder Cup. Juli Inkster captained the U.S. team for the second time and Annika Sörenstam captained the European team for the first time.[1]

2017 Solheim Cup
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DatesAugust 18–20, 2017
VenueDes Moines Golf and Country Club
LocationWest Des Moines, Iowa
Captains
United States 16½ 11½ Europe
United States wins the Solheim Cup
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The United States won by a score of 16½ to 11½, retaining the cup they won in 2015.[2]

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Course layoutEdit

The Solheim Cup did not use either of the venue's two courses, North and South, in the configurations played by club members. Instead, it used a composite course, made up of nine holes from each of the two courses, that played to 6,894 yards (6,304 m) par 73.[3] The average elevation is approximately 950 feet (290 m) above sea level.[4]

Hole Yards Par    Hole Yards Par
1 306 4 10 386 4
2 410 4 11 563 5
3 168 3 12 424 4
4 561 5 13 446 4
5 476 5 14 163 3
6 409 4 15 536 5
7 331 4 16 385 4
8 171 3 17 186 3
9 562 5 18 416 4
Out 3,394 37 In 3,500 36
Source:[3] Total 6,894 73

FormatEdit

The Solheim Cup is a match play event, with each match worth one point. The format is as follows:[5]

  • Day 1 (Friday): Four foursome (alternate shot) matches in a morning session and four fourball (better ball) matches in an afternoon session. A total of eight players from each team participate in each session.
  • Day 2 (Saturday): Four foursome (alternate shot) matches in a morning session and four fourball (better ball) matches in an afternoon session. A total of eight players from each team participate in each session.
  • Day 3 (Sunday): 12 singles matches. All 12 players from each team participate.

With a total of 28 points,[6] 14½ points are required to win the Cup, and 14 points are required for the defending champion to retain the Cup.[5] All matches are played to a maximum of 18 holes. If the score is even after 18 holes, each team earns one-half point.[7]

Team qualification and selectionEdit

Eligibility criteriaEdit

The United States and European teams have different eligibility criteria:

Team USA
Members of the United States team must be current members of the LPGA Tour and meet one of these three citizenship criteria:

  • U.S. citizens by birth, regardless of their birthplace.
  • Those who were naturalized as U.S. citizens before age 18.
  • Those who became U.S. citizens by adoption before age 13.[8]

Team Europe
Members of the European team must:

  1. be current members of the Ladies European Tour in any category or membership;
  2. have played in six Ranking Events during the Qualifying Period as a member of the LET, unless selected as a Captain's pick (provided she is otherwise eligible);
  3. must be a "European national". To be a "European national", the player must satisfy the criteria set out in the "Nationality Policy" issued by the International Golf Federation.[9]

Team selectionEdit

The United States and European teams are selected by different methods.

Team USA
Team USA consisted of the leading eight players from the LPGA Solheim Cup points rankings, the top two players in the Women's World Golf Rankings not already qualified via the points rankings and two chosen by the team captain. LPGA Solheim Cup points were earned for top-20 finishes on the LPGA Tour over a two-year period beginning with the 2015 Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic and ending with the 2017 Women's British Open. Points were doubled in major championships and top-20 finishes during the 2017 LPGA Tour season earn more points than those in 2015 and 2016.[10]

Team Europe
Team Europe consisted of the top four players from the LET Solheim Cup standings, followed by the top four LET members on the Women's World Golf Rankings who were not already qualified via the Solheim Cup standings, and four captain's selections.[11]

TeamsEdit

  Team USA
Player Age Points
rank[12]
Rolex
ranking
Previous
appearances
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Juli Inkster 57 Non-playing captain
Pat Hurst 48 Non-playing assistant captain
Wendy Ward 44 Non-playing assistant captain
Nancy Lopez 60 Non-playing assistant captain
Lexi Thompson 22 1 2 2 7 3–2–2 57.14
Stacy Lewis 32 2 19 3 12 4–7–1 37.50
Gerina Piller 32 3 24 2 7 3–2–2 57.14
Cristie Kerr 39 4 14 8 34 15–14–5 51.47
Danielle Kang 24 6 21 0 Rookie
Michelle Wie 27 7 29 4 15 7–7–1 50.00
Brittany Lang 31 8 41 4 14 5–6–3 46.43
Brittany Lincicome 31 9 45 5 18 5–11–2 33.33
Lizette Salas 28 12 46 2 6 1–3–2 33.33
Austin Ernst 25 11 57 0 Rookie
Angel Yin 18 22 51 0 Rookie
Paula Creamer 31 16 110 6 27 14–8–5 61.11

Creamer replaced Jessica Korda, who withdrew with a forearm injury after finishing fifth in points.[13]
Ages on first day of matches, August 18; Rolex rankings at team selection on August 7.
Captain's picks shown in yellow.

  Team Europe
Player Country Age Points
rank[14]
Rolex
ranking
Previous
appearances
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Annika Sörenstam   Sweden 46 Non-playing captain
Marta Figueras-Dotti   Spain 59 Non-playing assistant captain
Maria McBride   Sweden 43 Non-playing assistant captain
Suzann Pettersen   Norway 36  Non-playing assistant captain^
Georgia Hall   England 21 1 44 0 Rookie
Florentyna Parker   England 28 2 106 0 Rookie
Melissa Reid   England 29 3 97 2 8 4–3–1 56.25
Jodi Ewart Shadoff   England 29 4 28 1 3 2–1–0 66.67
Carlota Ciganda   Spain 27 5 20 2 7 4–1–2 71.43
Charley Hull   England 21 6 25 2 8 6–2–0 75.00
Karine Icher   France 38 23 42 3 10 5–4–1 55.00
Anna Nordqvist   Sweden 30 13 4 16 8–7–1 53.13
Caroline Masson   Germany 28 8 49 2 7 2–3–2 42.86
Emily Kristine Pedersen   Denmark 21 9 115 0 Rookie
Madelene Sagström   Sweden 24 33 70 0 Rookie
Catriona Matthew^   Scotland 47 28 98 8 33 15–10–8 57.58

^ Matthew, previously named an assistant captain, replaced Suzann Pettersen, who withdrew with a back injury after qualifying for the team by her Rolex ranking.[15]
Ages on first day of matches, August 18; Rolex rankings at team selection on August 7.
Captain's picks shown in yellow.

Day oneEdit

Friday, August 18, 2017

Morning foursomesEdit

In the opening match, Europe was dormie-2 before Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson won the last two holes to halve the match.[16] In the last match, the United States was two up after 12 holes until Karine Icher and Catriona Matthew won three of the next four holes and won the match by 1 hole.[17]

  Results[18]  
Reid/Hull halved Kerr/Thompson
Ciganda/Masson   1 up Kang/Salas
Nordqvist/Hall   3 & 1 Creamer/Ernst
Icher/Matthew   1 up Lewis/Piller
Session
Overall

Afternoon four-ballEdit

The United States won all four matches of the afternoon session. The Europe pairs never led at any stage in any of the matches. This was the first time United States swept a session in Solheim Cup history.[19]

  Results[18]  
Sagström/Ewart Shadoff   3 & 1 Wie/Kang
Ciganda/Pedersen   6 & 5 Yin/Salas
Parker/Masson   3 & 2 Lincicome/Lang
Hull/Hall   2 & 1 Lewis/Piller
0 Session 4
Overall

Day twoEdit

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Morning foursomesEdit

After heavy defeats in the first two matches, Europe recovered to level the session by winning the last two matches.[20] The two European pairings who had won their foursomes matches on the first day were also the winning pairs in the second foursomes session.[18] By winning her match, Kerr became the leading United States points scorer, with 19, passing the 18.5 of Juli Inkster.[21]

  Results[18]  
Ewart Shadoff/Masson   5 & 3 Kerr/Thompson
Reid/Pedersen   5 & 3 Creamer/Ernst
Nordqvist/Hall   2 & 1 Lewis/Piller
Matthew/Icher   2 & 1 Wie/Kang
2 Session 2
Overall

Afternoon four-ballEdit

The United States won three of the four matches to take a commanding lead, needing just 3½ points in the singles to retain the Solheim Cup.[22] Kerr and Thompson were paired together for the sixth time (3 in 2015 and 3 in 2017), and remained undefeated as a pair, with four wins and two draws. In 16 holes, the two posted a combined score of 12 under par.[23]

  Results[18]  
Reid/Ciganda   2 up Lang/Lincicome
Nordqvist/Ewart Shadoff   4 & 2 Salas/Yin
Icher/Sagström   2 & 1 Creamer/Ernst
Matthew/Hall   4 & 2 Kerr/Thompson
1 Session 3
Overall 10½

Day threeEdit

Sunday, August 20, 2017

SinglesEdit

In the opening singles matchup, Anna Nordqvist won the first four holes against Thompson and held a four-hole advantage with nine holes remaining. Thompson rallied to take a late 1-up lead, shooting eight under par over the following seven holes. Her run included eagles at the 11th and 15th holes. On the 18th hole, Nordqvist hit her approach shot within a foot of the hole for a birdie that earned Europe a half-point.[24] In the next two matches, Paula Creamer defeated Georgia Hall by a 1-up margin and Kerr concluded an undefeated week with a 2 and 1 victory over Melissa Reid.[18] Americans Lizette Salas and Angel Yin went dormie in their matches, ensuring that the U.S. would win the 14 points necessary to retain the Solheim Cup. Yin and Karine Icher went on to halve their match, while Salas won against Jodi Ewart Shadoff to clinch an outright victory for the U.S.[25]

  Results[18]  
Anna Nordqvist halved Lexi Thompson
Georgia Hall   1 up Paula Creamer
Melissa Reid   2 & 1 Cristie Kerr
Catriona Matthew   1 up Stacy Lewis
Karine Icher halved Angel Yin
Caroline Masson   4 & 2 Michelle Wie
Jodi Ewart Shadoff   1 up Lizette Salas
Charley Hull   1 up Brittany Lang
Carlota Ciganda   4 & 3 Brittany Lincicome
Florentyna Parker   4 & 2 Gerina Piller
Madelene Sagström   3 & 2 Austin Ernst
Emily Kristine Pedersen   3 & 1 Danielle Kang
6 Session 6
11½ Overall 16½

Individual player recordsEdit

Each entry refers to the Win–Loss–Half record of the player.

United StatesEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Paula Creamer 3 3–1–0 1–0–0 1–1–0 1–0–0
Austin Ernst 2 2–2–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 1–0–0
Danielle Kang 3 3–1–0 1–0–0 1–1–0 1–0–0
Cristie Kerr 3.5 3–0–1 1–0–0 1–0–1 1–0–0
Brittany Lang 2 2–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 2–0–0
Stacy Lewis 1 1–3–0 0–1–0 0–2–0 1–0–0
Brittany Lincicome 2 2–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 2–0–0
Gerina Piller 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 0–2–0 1–0–0
Lizette Salas 3 3–1–0 1–0–0 1–0–0 1–1–0
Lexi Thompson 3 2–0–2 0–0–1 1–0–1 1–0–0
Michelle Wie 1 1–2–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Angel Yin 1.5 1–1–1 0–0–1 0–0–0 1–1–0

EuropeEdit

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Carlota Ciganda 1 1–3–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–2–0
Jodi Ewart Shadoff 1 1–3–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 1–1–0
Georgia Hall 2 2–3–0 0–1–0 2–0–0 0–2–0
Charley Hull 1.5 1–1–1 1–0–0 0–0–1 0–1–0
Karine Icher 2.5 2–1–1 0–0–1 2–0–0 0–1–0
Caroline Masson 1 1–3–0 1–0–0 0–2–0 0–1–0
Catriona Matthew 3 3–1–0 1–0–0 2–0–0 0–1–0
Anna Nordqvist 3.5 3–0–1 0–0–1 2–0–0 1–0–0
Florentyna Parker 0 0–2–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–0
Emily Kristine Pedersen 0 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Melissa Reid 0.5 0–3–1 0–1–0 0–1–1 0–1–0
Madelene Sagström 1 1–2–0 1–0–0 0–0–0 0–2–0

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