2011 Solheim Cup

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2011 Solheim Cup
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Dates   23-25 September 2011
Venue   Killeen Castle
Location   County Meath, Ireland
Captains   Alison Nicholas (Europe)
Rosie Jones (USA)
Europe   15    13   United States
Europe wins the Solheim Cup

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Killeen Castle is located in Ireland
Killeen Castle
Killeen Castle
Location in Ireland

The 2011 Solheim Cup was the 12th Solheim Cup matches, held 23-25 September at Killeen Castle in County Meath, Ireland, northwest of Dublin. The biennial matches are a three-day contest for professional female golfers, between teams of 12 top players from the United States and Europe. Entering the 2011 matches, the U.S. had won the three recent competitions, with Europe's last victory coming eight years earlier in 2003 in Sweden.

After the first two days of team play, the competition was tied at 8-all. Europe went 7–5 in singles on Sunday and regained the Cup, 15–13. [1][2][3] It was Europe's fourth win, all won on home soil.

Format[edit]

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Day 3 (Sunday): 12 singles matches. All 12 players from each team participate.

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

Teams[edit]

Eligibility criteria[edit]

The European and United States teams have different eligibility criteria.

Members of the European Tour must be current members of the Ladies European Tour and must be "a European national," defined by Solheim Cup rules as someone:[4]

Either:
(i) born in a European country; and
(ii) holds a current passport of that European country;
Or:
(i) has been naturalised as a citizen of a European country;
(ii) has held a current passport of that European country for the immediately preceding four (4) consecutive years;
(iii) has resided in that European country for the immediately preceding four (4) consecutive years.

A European country is a nation situated in the continent of Europe and is recognised as an independent state by the United Nations.

Any player who holds dual nationality (of which one shall be the nationality of a European country) shall elect on joining the Ladies European Tour in each of 2010 and 2011 whether she wishes to be eligible for selection for the 2011 European Solheim Cup Team.

Members of the United States team must be current members of the LPGA Tour and be born in the United States.

Team selection[edit]

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

Team Europe was selected by taking the top four players from the LET Solheim Cup standings, followed by the top four Ladies European Tour members on the Women's World Golf Rankings as if 29 August 2011, were not already qualified via the Solheim Cup standings, and four captain’s selections. Qualifying points for Team Europe were awarded weekly to the top-10 finishers at official LET events.

Team USA qualified by earning points for wins and for top-20 finishes on the LPGA Tour over a two-year period. Points were earned beginning with the 2009 Safeway Classic and concluding with the 2011 Women's British Open. Points were increased in 2011 and doubled in the four major tournaments. The ten players with the highest points were automatically selected for Team USA. Two additional players were selected by captain Rosie Jones before the start of the Matches.

Team Europe[edit]

Europe    Team Europe
Name Age1 Residence or Hometown2 LET
ranking
Rolex
ranking
Solheim
experience
England Alison Nicholas
Non-playing captain
49 Birmingham, England 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2009-Captain
England Joanne Morley
Non-playing assistant captain
44 Cheshire, England 1996, 2009-Asst. captain
Sweden Annika Sörenstam
Non-playing assistant captain
40 Stockholm, Sweden 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007
England Melissa Reid 24 Derby, England 1 38 Rookie
England Laura Davies 47 Coventry, England 2 78 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
Norway Suzann Pettersen 30 Oslo, Norway 3 2 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
Netherlands Christel Boeljon 24 Beverwijk, Netherlands 4 54 Rookie
Sweden Maria Hjorth 35 Falun, Sweden 16 19 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009
Sweden Anna Nordqvist 24 Eskilstuna, Sweden 9 28 2009
Scotland Catriona Matthew 42 North Berwick, Scotland 19 30 1998, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
Sweden Sophie Gustafson 37 Varberg, Sweden 14 37 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
Spain Azahara Muñoz
Captain's pick
23 Málaga, Spain 20 42 Rookie
Sweden Caroline Hedwall
Captain's pick
22 Täby, Sweden 8 48 Rookie
England Karen Stupples
Captain's pick
38 Dover, Kent, England 32 22 2005
Germany Sandra Gal
Captain's pick
26 Düsseldorf, Germany 72 43 Rookie

1Age at the start of the 2011 Solheim Cup matches on 23 September 2011.
2Residence/Hometown according to official Solheim Cup designation.
LET rankings as of 20 August 2011
Rolex rankings as of 29 August 2011

Team USA[edit]

Juli Inkster was a player and assistant captain, the first time in Solheim Cup history that an assistant captain was also a player.

United States    Team USA
Name Age1 From2 Points
rank
Points
Rolex
ranking
Solheim
experience
Rosie Jones
Non-playing captain
51 Georgia 1990, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005
Juli Inkster
Playing assistant captain
51 California 9 188.5 45 1992, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
Sherri Steinhauer
Non-playing assistant captain
48 Wisconsin 1994, 1998, 2000, 2007
Cristie Kerr 33 Florida 1 750.0 2 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
Stacy Lewis 26 Texas 2 467.5 11 Rookie
Morgan Pressel 23 Florida 3 447.5 12 2007, 2009
Angela Stanford 33 Texas 4 438.5 18 2003, 2007, 2009
Paula Creamer 25 California 5 434.5 9 2005, 2007, 2009
Michelle Wie 21 Hawaii 6 358.0 14 2009
Brittany Lincicome 26 Florida 7 356.5 15 2007, 2009
Brittany Lang 26 Texas 8 293.0 33 2009
Christina Kim 27 California 10 150.5 75 2005, 2009
Vicky Hurst
Captain's pick
21 Florida 11 138.0 76 Rookie
Ryann O'Toole
Captain's pick
24 California 18 64.5 125 Rookie

1Age at the start of the 2011 Solheim Cup matches on 23 September 2011.
2Residence/Hometown according to official 2011 Solheim Cup designation.
Rolex rankings as of 21 August 2011. Rolex ranking does not factor into US Team selection. Shown for comparison purposes only.

Day one[edit]

Friday, 23 September 2011[5][6]

Morning foursomes[edit]

Europe Results United States
Hjorth/Nordqvist United States 2 & 1 Wie/Kerr
Stupples/Reid United States 1 up Creamer/Lincicome
Matthew/Muñoz Europe 3 & 2 Lewis/Stanford
Pettersen/Gustafson Europe 1 up Lang/Inkster
2 Session 2
2 Overall 2

Afternoon fourball[edit]

Europe Results United States
Davies/Reid United States 1 up Creamer/Pressel
Matthew/Gal halved Kim/O'Toole
Gustafson/Hedwall Europe 5 & 4 Hurst/Lincicome
Pettersen/Nordqvist Europe 2 up Wie/Kerr
Session
Overall

Day two[edit]

Saturday, 24 September 2011[7][8]

Morning foursomes[edit]

Europe Results United States
Hedwall/Gustafson Europe 6 & 5 Stanford/Lewis
Stupples/Boeljon United States 3 & 2 Pressel/O'Toole
Hjorth/Nordqvist Europe 3 & 2 Lang/Inkster
Matthew/Muñoz halved Kerr/Creamer
Session
7 Overall 5

Afternoon fourball[edit]

By winning her match Laura Davies became the leading points scorer in the Solheim Cup with 24.5, passing Annika Sörenstam's record of 24.

Europe Results United States
Davies/Reid Europe 4 & 3 Wie/Lang
Pettersen/Hedwall United States 1 up Pressel/Kerr
Gal/Boeljon United States 2 & 1 Lewis/O'Toole
Hjorth/Muñoz United States 3 & 1 Creamer/Lincicome
1 Session 3
8 Overall 8

Day three[edit]

Sunday, 25 September 2011[9]

Singles[edit]

Europe Results United States
Catriona Matthew Europe 6 & 5 Paula Creamer
Sophie Gustafson Europe 2 up Stacy Lewis
Anna Nordqvist United States 2 & 1 Morgan Pressel
Laura Davies halved Juli Inkster
Melissa Reid United States 2 up Vicky Hurst
Christel Boeljon Europe 2 up Brittany Lincicome
Sandra Gal United States 6 & 5 Brittany Lang
Maria Hjorth United States 4 & 2 Christina Kim
Suzann Pettersen Europe 1 up Michelle Wie
Caroline Hedwall halved Ryann O'Toole
Azahara Muñoz Europe 1 up Angela Stanford
Karen Stupples Europe 10 & 8 1 Cristie Kerr
7 Session 5
15 Overall 13

1 Kerr conceded the match at its start, because of injury.[10] Following Solheim Cup rules, this was a 10 and 8 win for Europe.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Europe seal dramatic Solheim Cup win over United States". BBC Sport. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Europe hold their nerve to defeat the United States in a nerve-racking finish". Daily Telegraph. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Europe secure dramatic Solheim Cup victory over America". Guardian. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Solheim Cup, Solheim Cup Team Info Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  5. ^ LPGA.com, Friday Foursomes Results 23 September 2011.
  6. ^ LPGA.com, Friday Fourball Results 23 September 2011.
  7. ^ LPGA.com, Saturday Foursomes Results 24 September 2011.
  8. ^ LPGA.com, Saturday Fourball Results 24 September 2011.
  9. ^ LPGA.com, Sunday Singles Results 25 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Rosie Jones defends Cristie Kerr choice". ESPN. Associated Press. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 

External links[edit]

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