Solheim Cup At Gleneagles, Scotland Sept. 13-15

Solheim Cup to Highlight 2019 LPGA and Ladies European Tour Schedules

2019 Solheim Cup to be played on the world-famous PGA Centenary Course at The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, from Sept. 13-15, 2019

U.S. and European Points Races to conclude at CP Women’s Open and Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open respectively

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 7, 2019 – With just eight months to go until The 2019 Solheim Cup, the battle for spots on Team USA and Team Europe will intensify with the 2019 LPGA and Ladies European Tour (LET) seasons on the horizon.

The 2019 LPGA season will kick off Jan. 17-20 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. with the inaugural Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, which features nine Americans who have won an LPGA title in the past two seasons. The season-opening event for the LET, the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, tees off Jan. 10-13 at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, where a number of European players, including Charley Hull and Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, will be looking to earn Solheim Cup points.

The prestigious biennial contest between Europe and USA returns to Scotland for the first time since 2000, with the 2019 Solheim Cup being held at the world-famous PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles from Sept. 13-15.

With U.S. captain Juli Inkster set to be at the helm for a record third time, the Americans will head to Scotland as the two-time defending champions, having mounted a furious Singles comeback in Germany in 2015 to take a one-point win. Also returning for a third-straight Solheim Cup will be Inkster’s assistant captains Pat Hurst, Wendy Ward and Nancy Lopez.

Scotland’s own Catriona Matthew, a nine-time Solheim Cup participant, will make her debut as captain for Team Europe, alongside assistant captains Laura Davies, Suzann Pettersen and Kathryn Imrie.

Solheim Cup points, that determine eight of the 12 American golfers who make the team, will be worth one and a half times as much for the 2019 season as they were in 2018 and they will double for each of the five majors (ANA Inspiration, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open, AIG Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship).

The increase in awarded points means players can make big moves in a hurry by carding top-20 finishes during 2019. For example, a player who captured 40 points for an LPGA win in 2018 can earn 60 points for winning the same event in 2019.

Two other slots will be awarded to the top two Americans on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings who are not already among the top eight in Solheim Cup points. The final two players for Team USA will be selected by captain Juli Inkster.

The 2019 Solheim Cup European Team will consist of the top three players on the LET Solheim Cup points rankings, the top five eligible players from the Rolex Women’s World Rankings and four players selected by Team Europe Captain Catriona Matthew and European Solheim Cup points are doubled for 2019.

The cutoff to earn points for Team USA will be the 2019 CP Women’s Open, which will be held Aug. 22-25 at Magna Golf Club in Ontario, Canada. The 2019 Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, to be held at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland from Aug. 8-11, will serve as the cutoff for players to earn Solheim Cup points for Team Europe and the full team, including the captain’s picks, will be announced on Monday, Aug. 12, in Scotland.

Below are the top 12 players in the Team USA and Team Europe Solheim Cup points standings as of Jan. 7, 2019.

Team USA Solheim Cup Points
1.Lexi Thompson, 265
2.Jessica Korda, 232
3.Danielle Kang, 227
4.Lizette Salas, 220
5.Nelly Korda, 218
6.Marina Alex, 199
7.Brittany Lincicome, 172
8.Austin Ernst, 169
9.Megan Khang, 167
10.Angela Stanford, 161
11.Cristie Kerr, 157
12.Brittany Altomare, 154

As it stands for Team USA:
1.Lexi Thompson, Solheim Cup Points
2.Jessica Korda, Solheim Cup Points
3.Danielle Kang, Solheim Cup Points
4.Lizette Salas, Solheim Cup Points
5.Nelly Korda, Solheim Cup Points
6.Marina Alex, Solheim Cup Points
7.Brittany Lincicome, Solheim Cup Points
8.Austin Ernst, Solheim Cup Points
9.Cristie Kerr, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
10.Michelle Wie, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
11.Captains Pick
12.Captains Pick

Team Europe Solheim Cup Points
1.Georgia Hall (ENG), 88.83
2.Anne Van Dam (NED), 80.00
3.Carlota Ciganda (ESP), 66.88
4.Pernilla Lindberg (SWE), 65.00
5.Caroline Hedwall (SWE), 50.00
6.Azahara Munoz (ESP), 49.70
7.Charley Hull (ENG), 46.00
8.Anna Nordqvist (SWE), 41.25
9.Celine Boutier (FRA), 35.00
10.Becky Morgan (WAL), 30.00
11.Olivia Cowan (GER), 24.38
12.Felicity Johnson (ENG), 23.50

As it stands for Team Europe:
1.Georgia Hall, Solheim Cup Points
2.Anne Van Dam, Solheim Cup Points
3.Carlota Ciganda, Solheim Cup Points
4.Anna Nordqvist, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
5.Charley Hull, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
6.Caroline Masson, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
7.Pernilla Lindberg, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
8.Azahara Munoz, Rolex Women’s World Rankings
9.Captains Pick
10.Captains Pick
11.Captains Pick
12.Captains Pick

About The Solheim Cup:

The Solheim Cup combines the tradition and prestige of the game of golf with passion for one’s country and continent. This biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition features the best European players from the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the best U.S. players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour. The Solheim Cup is named in honour of Karsten Solheim, the founder of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, which makes PING golf equipment. In 1990, the Solheim family, in conjunction with the LET and the LPGA, developed the concept and became the title sponsor for The Solheim Cup, professional golf’s international match-play competition for women. Today, the global partners of The Solheim Cup are PING, Scotland, The Home of Golf, and Rolex. Held every two years, the event has grown into the most prestigious international women’s professional golf team event. The Solheim Cup is the most highly coveted trophy in women’s professional golf team competition; some of the most memorable moments in the sport have happened during past Solheim Cups and berths on the European and U.S. teams are highly sought-after by players from both organisations. The 2017 Solheim Cup took place on August 14-20 at Des Moines Country Club in Iowa, United States.  The U.S. Team retained the coveted Waterford Crystal prize by 16 ½ to 11 ½ points. For more information log on to www.solheimcup.com.

About the LPGA

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.

The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental, humanitarian and golf community initiatives, including LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the LPGA Women’s Network and the LPGA Amateur Golf Association.

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