The top golfers from the United States and Europe are about to square off in one of the most exciting spectacles you’ll see all year, the Solheim Cup.
Which team will win the 2013 Solheim Cup?
The Solheim Cup is played every other year, and the United States has taken three of the last four titles—although Europe is the defending champion. Colorado Golf Club will play host to this year’s competition, which is set to commence on Friday morning and will conclude on Sunday.
There are 28 points up for grabs over the course of the next few days, and the team to reach 14.5 first will be crowned the champion. Will Europe raise the trophy for the second straight Solheim Cup, or will the United States win back what it has held so many times in recent memory?
The Solheim Cup is a competition that you cannot afford to miss. If you can’t make it out to Colorado for the next few days, make sure you set your television to The Golf Channel, as the network will be broadcasting all of the action. Below is a preview of this year’s Solheim Cup with all of the information you need to know.
When: Friday, Aug. 16, to Sunday, Aug. 18
Where: Colorado Golf Club, Parker, Colo.
Watch: The Golf Channel
Live Stream: The Golf Channel
|Friday, Aug. 16||9:30 a.m.||Foursome Matches (4)|
|Friday, Aug. 16||3 p.m.||Four-ball Matches (4)|
|Saturday, Aug. 17||9:30 a.m.||Foursome Matches (4)|
|Saturday, Aug. 17||3 p.m.||Four-ball Matches (4)|
|Sunday, Aug. 18||2:30 p.m.||Singles Matches (12)|
Solheim Cup USA
|Friday, Aug. 16||9:30 a.m.||The Golf Channel|
|Friday, Aug. 16||5 p.m.||The Golf Channel|
|Saturday, Aug. 17||9:30 a.m.||The Golf Channel|
|Sunday, Aug. 18||2:30 p.m.||The Golf Channel|
United States' Golfer to Watch: Stacey Lewis
Stacey Lewis is easily one of the top golfers on the LPGA Tour this season, as she ranks second in the Rolex Rankings behind Inbee Park. Lewis only has two major championship victories on her resume and hadn’t done so well at the bigger tournaments this year until the Women’s British Open.
At the British Open, Lewis was fantastic in the opening round, shooting five under to get her tournament underway. She shot even par in the second round and lowered her score even more on Saturday with a three-under 69. She shot even par on Sunday, birdieing the final two holes to win the championship by two strokes.
This is only the second time Lewis is playing in Solheim Cup, but the Americans will be hoping she continues her strong play. Captain Meg Mallon told David Krause of The Denver Post that Lewis has already played the course six or seven times and “that leadership in itself is invaluable to me.”
Europe's Golfer to Watch: Suzann Pettersen
Suzann Pettersen has had a fantastic year on the LPGA Tour and will play a huge role for the Europeans at the Solheim Cup. Pettersen hasn’t won a major championship since 2007, but almost always finishes toward the top of the leaderboard. This year, she has come so close to winning a major.
Pettersen finished tied for third at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the LPGA Championship. She failed to make the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open—a rarity for the Norwegian—but bounced back nicely with a strong performance at the Women’s British Open, finishing tied for fourth place.
The Europeans have a young team without much experience and will be looking for Pettersen to lead the way. Laura Davies, who has been a factor at the Solheim Cup in previous years but wasn’t selected to the European squad for 2013, told Lisa D. Mickey of The New York Times Pettersen “will be the natural leader now.”
All information in this article was obtained via LPGATour.com unless otherwise noted.