For the first time in their history, the Netherlands are preparing to host the Solheim Cup. In 2026, the women’s version of the Ryder will be played at Bernardus Golf in Cromvoirt, near Eindhoven.
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First the 2023 edition in Spain, then the 2024 edition in the United States. Therefore, in 2026, the challenge between the US team and the Europe team will be staged in the Netherlands. The nomination of which was supported by the Royal Dutch Golf Federation (NGF), with the aim of offering the country a world-class event that can become a reference point for women’s sporting events and leave a legacy for the entire nation.
The Solheim Cup (in English: Solheim Cup) is a biennial golf tournament that pits women’s teams of professional players from Europe and the USA, and is played in the same format as the Ryder Cup. The initiative for this competition was born from Karsten Solheim, founder of the American brand PING, which manufactures golf articles.
The first tournament was held in 1990, and then it was played in various locations in even-numbered years until 2002. After the Ryder Cup schedule was changed, it has been held in odd-numbered years since 2003 to avoid date conflicts.
The tournament is played over three days with a total of twenty-eight matches: eight foursomes, eight fourballs and twelve singles on the last day. This is exactly equivalent to the format of the Ryder.
For Team USA, players are selected based on a scoring system based on their results on the LPGA Tour.
The European team selects only seven participants on the basis of the Ladies European Tour (LET), while the other five are chosen from among the best European players who also participate in the LPGA Tour. Since 2007, five LET qualifiers have been chosen and another four according to the world list. This change was due to the dominance of prize money in the US.
In addition, the two captains have “captain’s picks”, that is, they can choose players from their respective regions as they see fit.