2015 Solheim Cup

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2015 Solheim Cup
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Dates18–20 September 2015
VenueGolf Club St. Leon-Rot,
St. Leon Course
LocationSt. Leon-Rot, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Captains
Europe 13½ 14½ United States
United States wins the Solheim Cup
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Golf Club St. Leon-Rot is located in Germany
Golf Club St. Leon-Rot
Golf Club
St. Leon-Rot
Location in Germany

The 2015 Solheim Cup was the 14th edition of the Solheim Cup matches, held 18–20 September at the St. Leon course of Golf Club St. Leon-Rot, St. Leon-Rot, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. 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.

The United States won by a score of 14½ to 13½; the closest score in the history of the Cup.[1][2]

Course layout[edit]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 419 451 167 430 184 492 347 399 424 3,313 388 485 158 262 380 162 602 427 415 3,279 6,592
Par 4 5 3 4 3 5 4 4 4 36 4 5 3 4 4 3 5 4 4 36 72

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 in each session.
  • Day 2 (Saturday): Four foursome matches in a morning session and four fourball 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, 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.

Team qualification and selection[edit]

Eligibility criteria[edit]

The European and United States teams had different eligibility criteria:

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", defined by Solheim Cup rules as someone:[3]

Either:
(i) born in a European country; and
(ii) holding a current passport of that European country;
Or:
(i) having been naturalised as a citizen of a European country;
(ii) having held a current passport of that European country for the immediately preceding four consecutive years;
(iii) having resided in that European country for the immediately preceding four 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 LET in each of 2013 and 2014 whether she wishes to be eligible for selection for the 2015 European Solheim Cup Team.

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.[4]

Team selection[edit]

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

Team Europe
Team Europe consists 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 as of 24 August who 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.[3]

Team USA
Team USA qualifies 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 2013 CN Canadian Women's Open (25 August) and concluding with the 2015 Canadian Pacific Women's Open (23 August). Points were increased in 2015 and doubled in the five major championships. The eight players with the highest points are automatically selected for Team USA. Two additional players will qualify based on their position in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings and two were selected as wildcards by the team captain from among all eligible players.[5]

Teams[edit]

Europe Team Europe
Player Country Age Points
rank[6]
Rolex
ranking
Previous
appearances
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Carin Koch  Sweden 44 Non-playing captain
Sophie Gustafson  Sweden 41 Non-playing assistant captain
Maria McBride  Sweden 41 Non-playing assistant captain
Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 46 Non-playing assistant captain
Suzann Pettersen  Norway 34 1 7 7 29 14–9–6 58.62
Gwladys Nocera  France 40 2 63 3 10 5–3–2 60.00
Charley Hull  England 19 3 45 1 3 2–1–0 66.67
Melissa Reid  England 27 4 77 1 4 1–3–0 25.00
Anna Nordqvist  Sweden 28 5 10 3 12 6–5–1 54.17
Azahara Muñoz  Spain 27 10 23 2 8 4–3–1 56.25
Sandra Gal  Germany 30 34 43 1 3 0–2–1 16.67
Carlota Ciganda  Spain 25 6 52 1 3 3–0–0 100.00
Catriona Matthew  Scotland 46 18 53 7 29 12–9–8 55.17
Karine Icher  France 36 24 57 2 7 3–3–1 50.00
Caroline Masson  Germany 26 17 71 1 4 2–1–1 62.50
Caroline Hedwall  Sweden 26 47 107 2 9 7–1–1 83.33

Age at the start of the 2015 Solheim Cup matches on 18 September 2015. Reid had her 28th birthday on the second day.
Rolex rankings as of the date of team selection on 25 August 2015.
Maria McBride played in the Solheim Cup as Maria Hjorth.

United States Team USA
Player Age Points
rank[7]
Rolex
ranking
Previous
appearances
Matches W–L–H Winning
percentage
Juli Inkster 55 Non-playing captain
Pat Hurst 46 Non-playing assistant captain
Wendy Ward 42 Non-playing assistant captain
Nancy Lopez 58 Non-playing assistant captain
Stacy Lewis 30 1 3 2 8 2–5–1 31.25
Lexi Thompson 20 2 8 1 3 1–2–0 33.33
Cristie Kerr 37 3 14 7 30 12–14–4 46.67
Michelle Wie 25 4 20 3 12 6–5–1 54.17
Brittany Lincicome 29 5 13 4 14 5–7–2 42.86
Morgan Pressel 27 6 24 4 15 8–5–2 60.00
Angela Stanford 37 7 33 5 17 3–11–3 26.47
Gerina Piller 30 8 38 1 3 0–2–1 16.67
Alison Lee 20 15 29 0 Rookie
Lizette Salas 26 9 32 1 3 0–1–2 33.33
Brittany Lang 30 10 42 3 11 5–4–2 54.55
Paula Creamer 29 11 40 5 23 12–6–5 63.04

Age at the start of the 2015 Solheim Cup matches on 18 September 2015. Lincicome turned 30 on 19 September.
Rolex rankings as of the date of team selection on 25 August 2015.

Day one[edit]

Friday, 18 September – Saturday, 19 September, 2015

Morning foursomes[edit]

The opening match was all square after six holes. The USA team of Pressel and Creamer then won four of the next seven holes and went on to win the match 3 & 2. The second match alternated between all-square and 1-up for the European team of Hull and Reid through 16 holes. A birdie on the 17th sealed Europe's 2 & 1 win. The USA team of Kerr and Thompson led the third match throughout, extending the lead to 4-up by the sixth hole. Three birdies in a row on holes 13-15 by the European team of Icher and Muñoz closed the gap to 1-up before the USA team birdied the 17th hole to secure a 2 & 1 win. In the fourth match, the USA team of Lewis and Salas got off to a 1-up lead after two holes but the European team of Gal and Matthew pulled ahead, winning six of the next 14 holes to the USA team's two to win the match 3 & 2.[8]

United States Results Europe
Pressel/Creamer United States 3 & 2 Nordqvist/Pettersen
Wie/Lincicome Europe 2 & 1 Hull/Reid
Kerr/Thompson United States 2 & 1 Icher/Muñoz
Lewis/Salas Europe 3 & 2 Gal/Matthew
2 Session 2
2 Overall 2

Afternoon four-ball[edit]

Europe's Nordqvist and Hedwall led the first match from the second hole on the way to a 4 & 3 victory; The USA team of Pressel and Creamer won only one hole in the match. Europe's Hull and Nocera were never behind in their match. A run of four birdies in five holes saw them take a 4-hole lead on the 12th. They closed out the match by a 3 & 2 margin on the 16th hole having been dormie three. Play had been suspended at about 4:30 pm CET because of a thunderstorm and, although play resumed an hour later at 5:30 pm, there was not enough daylight to complete the final two matches.[1] Play was suspended 7:47 pm and resumed the following day at 7:45 am. After resuming Melissa Reid and Lexi Thompson both had birdies on the 18th to ensure that the third match was halved.[2] In the anchor match Gerina Piller and Brittany Lang fought from a one-hole deficit back to secure a half a point.[3]

United States Results Europe
Pressel/Creamer Europe 4 & 3 Nordqvist/Hedwall
Lee/Stanford Europe 3 & 2 Hull/Nocera
Kerr/Thompson halved Reid/Ciganda
Piller/Lang halved Masson/Gal
1 Session 3
3 Overall 5

Day two[edit]

Saturday, 19 – Sunday, 20 September 2015

Morning foursomes[edit]

Because of the delay the previous day, the foursomes did not start until 9:15 am. Reid and Ciganda were never behind in their match and closed it out 4 & 3 on the 15th hole. In the second match Hull and Pettersen were 4 down to Creamer and Pressel before a run of birdies from the 12th hole saw the European team make the match all-square on the 17th hole. Pettersen holed the putt for the win on the 18th. Gal and Matthew always had a lead in the third match but it became a very tight affair and Stanford and Lincicome brought them to the 18th hole with Europe 1-up. The teams halved the 18th with fours to give Europe the win. In the anchor match, the American pairing of Lewis and Piller regained a one-hole lead at the 7th hole and eventually defeated the all-Swedish duo of Nordqvist and Hedwall by a 5 & 4 margin on the 14th hole.[4]

United States Results Europe
Lee/Wie Europe 4 & 3 Reid/Ciganda
Creamer/Pressel Europe 1 up Hull/Pettersen
Stanford/Lincicome Europe 1 up Gal/Matthew
Lewis/Piller United States 5 & 4 Nordqvist/Hedwall
1 Session 3
4 Overall 8

Afternoon four-ball[edit]

Match 4 (Lewis/Piller v. Masson/Hedwall) started before Matches 2 and 3. The table below reflects the official order. Play was suspended at 7:40 pm because of darkness and resumed on Sunday.[9]

The match between Pettersen/Hull and Lee/Lincicome generated some controversy. On the 17th green, with the match all square, Lee missed a putt to win the hole. Thinking the next 18-inch putt had been conceded, she picked up her ball. However, Pettersen insisted that it was not conceded, and the Europeans won the hole and eventually won the match. Europe took a 10–6 lead going into singles. Pettersen, criticized as unsportsmanlike by USA captain Inkster and European golfer Laura Davies, among others, initially refused to back down from her decision.[10] The following day, Pettersen posted an apology for her actions on Instagram, saying "I've never felt more gutted and truly sad about what went down Sunday on the 17th at the Solheim Cup."[11]

United States Results Europe
Thompson/Kerr United States 3 & 2 Muñoz/Ciganda
Salas/Lang Europe 2 & 1 Icher/Matthew
Lee/Lincicome Europe 2 up Pettersen/Hull
Lewis/Piller United States 1 up Masson/Hedwall
2 Session 2
6 Overall 10

Day three[edit]

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Singles[edit]

The start of the singles matches was delayed until 10:40 am.

Going into singles, the United States trailed 10–6 and needed 8½ more points to win back the Cup. The Americans did just that, with Creamer winning the final match to give the USA a one-point victory. It was the biggest comeback in the history of the Solheim Cup.[12]

United States Results Europe
Lexi Thompson halved Carlota Ciganda
Morgan Pressel United States 2 up Catriona Matthew
Brittany Lincicome Europe 3 & 2 Karine Icher
Brittany Lang Europe 2 & 1 Melissa Reid
Alison Lee United States 3 & 1 Gwladys Nocera
Gerina Piller United States 1 up Caroline Masson
Stacy Lewis Europe 2 & 1 Anna Nordqvist
Lizette Salas United States 3 & 1 Azahara Muñoz
Angela Stanford United States 2 & 1 Suzann Pettersen
Cristie Kerr United States 3 & 2 Charley Hull
Michelle Wie United States 6 & 4 Caroline Hedwall
Paula Creamer United States 4 & 3 Sandra Gal
Session
14½ Overall 13½

Individual player records[edit]

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

Europe[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Carlota Ciganda 2 1–1–2 0–0–1 1–0–0 0–1–1
Sandra Gal 2.5 2–1–1 0–1–0 2–0–0 0–0–1
Caroline Hedwall 1 1–3–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 1–1–0
Charley Hull 4 4–1–0 0–1–0 2–0–0 2–0–0
Karine Icher 2 2–1–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 1–0–0
Caroline Masson 0.5 0–2–1 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–1
Catriona Matthew 3 3–1–0 0–1–0 2–0–0 1–0–0
Azahara Muñoz 0 0–3–0 0–1–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Gwladys Nocera 1 1–1–0 0–1–0 0–0–0 1–0–0
Anna Nordqvist 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 0–2–0 1–0–0
Suzann Pettersen 2 2–2–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 1–0–0
Melissa Reid 3.5 3–0–1 1–0–0 2–0–0 0–0–1

United States[edit]

Player Points Overall Singles Foursomes Fourballs
Paula Creamer 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 1–1–0 0–1–0
Cristie Kerr 3.5 3–0–1 1–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–1
Brittany Lang 0.5 0–2–1 0–1–0 0–0–0 0–1–1
Alison Lee 1 1–3–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–2–0
Stacy Lewis 2 2–2–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 1–0–0
Brittany Lincicome 0 0–4–0 0–1–0 0–2–0 0–1–0
Gerina Piller 3.5 3–0–1 1–0–0 1–0–0 1–0–1
Morgan Pressel 2 2–2–0 1–0–0 1–1–0 0–1–0
Lizette Salas 1 1–2–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Angela Stanford 1 1–2–0 1–0–0 0–1–0 0–1–0
Lexi Thompson 3 2–0–2 0–0–1 1–0–0 1–0–1
Michelle Wie 1 1–2–0 1–0–0 0–2–0 0–0–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Solheim Cup 2015: USA roar back to win after bitter row on 17th green". The Guardian. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Fired Up by Disputed Call, U.S. Rallies for Solheim Cup". The New York Times. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Team Qualification Criteria". Solheim Cup. Archived from the original on 27 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Solheim eligibility criteria changing for U.S. team". Golf Channel. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
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  6. ^ "2015 Solhiem Cup – Team Europe – Rankings". Solheim Cup Europe. Archived from the original on 21 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  7. ^ "2015 Solheim Cup Team USA Standings". U.S. Solheim Cup. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Solheim Cup 2015 Leaderboard". LPGA.
  9. ^ Europe lead going into final day of Solheim Cup
  10. ^ Coffin, Jay (20 September 2015). "U.S. rises above controversy to win Solheim Cup". Golf Channel. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  11. ^ Rice, Simon (21 September 2015). "Solheim Cup 2015: Suzann Pettersen says sorry for controversial incident, hopes Alison Lee and US team will forgive her". The Independent. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  12. ^ Tays, Al (20 September 2015). "U.S. rallies to win Solheim Cup". Golf Channel. Retrieved 21 September 2015.

External links[edit]

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