Friday, September 29, 2023

Solheim Cup 2023: Dates, schedule, location, competition format and team news as Spain hosts showpiece event

The 2023 Solheim Cup starts later this month as Team Europe look to make it three consecutive wins over rivals Team USA.

The Europeans secured a narrow 15-13 victory at the Inverness Club in Ohio in 2021.

Team Europe sealed a narrow victory in 2021

This time, Europe are captained by legend Suzann Pettersen, who sunk the winning putt as a wildcard in 2019’s edition at Gleneagles before announcing her retirement.

Meanwhile, the US are captained by Stacy Lewis, who will become the youngest to fill the role in the USA’s Solheim Cup history.

The last two tournaments have been thrillers, so we are all set for another fascinating week.

Solheim Cup 2023: Dates and start time

The 18th edition of the Solheim Cup will be held from Friday, September 22 to Sunday, September 24.

It is being held at the Finca Cortesin Golf Club in Andalucia, Spain.

Play is scheduled to get underway at 7:10am UK time.

Solheim Cup: How to follow

All three days are set to be broadcast across the Sky Sports network.

The action will be on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf.

Sky Go customers will be able to follow all the action on their mobile devices and tablets.

Alternatively, fans can purchase a one-day NOW TV membership for £11.99 or a monthly one for £34.99 a month.

Plus, will have all of the reaction from Spain as Europe and the USA battle it out once more.

Pettersen is back to captain Team Europe after her 2019 heroics

Solheim Cup 2023: The format

There are a total of 28 points up for grabs, and the current champions, Europe, need to win 14 of those to claim victory, while the USA need 14.5.

The competition is held over three days and is split into different sections, the foursomes, the fourballs and the singles.

The first two days consist of a mixture between the foursomes and the fourballs and 16 points are up for grabs.

The foursomes see teams of two play alternate shot while the fourballs see each player play her own ball with the best score winning the hole.

And on the final day, there will be 12 singles matches.

Every player will be involved in the singles but the captain will pick and choose the pairs.

Lewis is the youngest Solheim Cup US captain in history

Solheim Cup 2023: Teams

Team Europe

Captain: Suzann Pettersen

Vice captains: Laura Davies, Caroline Martens, Anna Nordqvist

Celine Boutier (Q)Maja Stark (Q)Charley Hull (Q)Leona Maguire (Q)Georgia Hall (Q)Linn Grant (Q)Carlota Ciganda (Q)Anna Nordqvist (Q)Madelene Sagstrom (WC)Gemma Dryburgh (WC)Emily Kristine Petersen (WC)Caroline Hedwall (WC)

Team USA

Captain: Stacy Lewis

Vice captains: Angela Stanford, Morgan Pressel, Natalie Gulbis

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

What a place to play golf

Solheim Cup 2023: What has been said?

Team Europe captain Pettersen is already very nervous about the action getting underway.

She said: “I can definitely feel it’s getting closer because I’m having nightmares about it.

“My head’s spinning at night. It’s been at a bit of an arm’s length distance until now but, yeah, with the clock ticking and the team starting to shape up, there are obviously a lot of challenges I have to rise to and questions I have to answer.

“They’re good problems to have but I’m starting to feel it, which is nice.

“The one thing that I really want is for the players to know that I’ll have their back, no matter what, through thick and thin. That’s really important to me. That’s probably my most important role.”

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