2009 Solheim Cup
|Dates||August 21–23, 2009|
|Venue||Rich Harvest Farms|
|Location||Sugar Grove, Illinois|
|United States wins the Solheim Cup|
The 11th Solheim Cup Matches were held August 21–23, 2009 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois, west of Chicago. The biennial matches are a three-day team competition for professional female golfers, pitting the 12 best players born in the United States against the 12 best players of European nationality.
The United States claimed the Cup for the third consecutive meeting, winning 16–12. Entering the final day, the competition was tied at 8 points each, but the U.S. won eight of the dozen singles matches to retain the Solheim Cup.
The United States and European teams were selected by different methods.
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 2007 State Farm Classic and concluding with the 2009 Women's British Open. The ten players with the highest points were automatically selected for Team USA. Two additional players were selected by captain Beth Daniel after the conclusion of the Women's British Open on August 2, 2009.
Team Europe was selected by taking the top five players from the LET Solheim Cup standings, followed by the top four European LET members on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings at the agreed cut off date who were not already qualified via The Solheim Cup standings, and three captain’s selections. Qualifying points for Team Europe were awarded weekly to the top-10 finishers at official LET events.
|Beth Daniel||52||Florida||non-playing captain|
|Kelly Robbins||39||Michigan||non-playing assistant captain|
|Meg Mallon||46||Florida||non-playing assistant captain|
|Kristy McPherson||28||South Carolina||4||321.0||18||Solheim Cup rookie|
|Brittany Lang||23||Texas||7||301.5||30||Solheim Cup rookie|
|Michelle Wie||19||Hawaii||13||166.5||24||captain's pick / Solheim Cup rookie|
|Juli Inkster||49||California||16||152.0||45||captain's pick|
*Residence/Hometown according to official 2009 Solheim Cup designation.
Rolex rankings as of August 2, 2009. Rolex ranking does not factor into US Team selection. Shown for comparison purposes only.
|Name||Age||Residence or Hometown*||LET
|Alison Nicholas||47||Birmingham, England||non-playing captain|
|Liselotte Neumann||43||Finspång, Sweden||non-playing assistant captain|
|Joanne Morley||42||Cheshire, England||non-playing assistant captain|
|Gwladys Nocera||34||Moulins, France||1||130|
|Tania Elosegui||27||San Sebastián, Spain||2||191||Solheim Cup rookie|
|Diana Luna||26||Cannes, Italy||3||218||Solheim Cup rookie|
|Laura Davies||45||Surrey, England||4||92|
|Sophie Gustafson||35||Varberg, Sweden||5||34|
|Suzann Pettersen||28||Oslo, Norway||7||6|
|Helen Alfredsson||44||Gothenburg, Sweden||10||10|
|Catriona Matthew||39||North Berwick, Scotland||13||14|
|Maria Hjorth||35||Falun, Sweden||14||35|
|Becky Brewerton||26||St Asaph, Wales||11||155||captain's pick|
|Anna Nordqvist||22||Eskilstuna, Sweden||20||22||captain's pick/Solheim Cup rookie|
|Janice Moodie||36||Glasgow, Scotland||67||88||captain's pick|
*Residence/Hometown according to official Solheim Cup designation.
LET rankings as of August 2, 2009
Rolex rankings as of August 2, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
|Davies/Brewerton||5 & 4||Lang/Lincicome|
|Gustafson/Pettersen||4 & 2||Kim/Gulbis|
|Brewerton/Nocera||3 & 1||Stanford/Castrale|
|Hjorth/Nordqvist||3 & 2||McPherson/Lincicome|
|Matthew/Moodie||2 & 1||Creamer/Inkster|
Sunday, August 22, 2009
|Alfredsson/Elosegui||5 & 4||Kim/Wie|
|Gustafson/Moodie||4 & 3||Creamer/Inkster|
|Brewerton/Nocera||5 & 4||Gulbis/Kim|
Sunday, August 23, 2009
|Suzann Pettersen||3 & 2||Paula Creamer|
|Becky Brewerton||5 & 4||Angela Stanford|
|Helen Alfredsson||1 up||Michelle Wie|
|Laura Davies||halved||Brittany Lang|
|Gwladys Nocera||halved||Juli Inkster|
|Catriona Matthew||3 & 2||Kristy McPherson|
|Sophie Gustafson||3 & 2||Brittany Lincicome|
|Diana Luna||3 & 2||Nicole Castrale|
|Tania Elosegui||2 up||Christina Kim|
|Maria Hjorth||halved||Cristie Kerr|
|Anna Nordqvist||3 & 2||Morgan Pressel|
|Janice Moodie||halved||Natalie Gulbis|