The Solheim Cup is a competition between teams of female professional golfers representing Europe and the United States. It is played every other year (originally in even-numbered years, but since 2003 in odd-numbered years).
Golfers on Team USA must be born in the United States and be members of the LPGA Tour; golfers on Team EUrope must be born in a European nation and have membership on the Ladies European Tour (LET). Each side has 12 golfers. Each team is led by a team captain, usually an older (40s or 50s), retired or semi-retired player of achievement; each team captain selects one or more assistant captains to assist her.
The Solheim Cup rotates between American sites and European sites. The team captains are selected by the LPGA and LET, respectively; and each tour decides on the location when the Solheim Cup is played in its respective home territory.
Solheim Cup Scores
Here are the results of every Solheim Cup yet played (click on the final score to view location, team captains, team rosters, and all matches):
Both sides in the Solheim Cup, Europe and USA, are comprised of 12 golfers. And both teams are based predominantly on points lists compiled by the LPGA and LET tours over a 2-year period.
USA: As of 2013, Team USA takes the Top 8 players on the LPGA Tour's Solheim Cup points list; adds the two highest-ranked players in the Women's World Rankings not already on the team; and reserves two selections for the team captain to make.
Europe: As of 2013, Team Europe takes the Top 4 players on the LET's points list, and then the four highest-ranked players in the Women's World Rankings not already on the team. Four more selections are reserved for the captain to make.
Solheim Cup Format
The Solheim Cup currently uses the same competition schedule in use at the Ryder Cup:
First day: Morning session followed by afternoon session; four foursomes matches and four four-ball matches. (The order in which the two formats are played - foursomes or four-balls first - is decided by the captain of the host team.)
Second day: Morning session followed by afternoon session; four foursomes matches and four four-ball matches. (The order in which the two formats are played - foursomes or four-balls first - is decided by the captain of the host team.)
Third day: Singles match play, 12 matches (all players on both teams must play).