With the AIG Women’s Open, the fifth and last Major 2021 of women’s golf won at the photo finish in Scotland by the Swedish Anna Nordqvist (in her third Grand Slam title in her career), the qualifications for the Solheim Cup scheduled from 4 to 6 have closed September in Toledo (USA), Ohio.
Solheim Cup, preview
The Europe team is already complete with 6 players who qualified autonomously and 6 others nominated as wild cards by captain Catriona Matthew. While there is expectation for the three choices of Put Hurst, captain of the USA, which will be announced this afternoon.
The United States will be able to count on the sisters Korda, Nelly (world number 1 and gold medalist at the Tokyo Games) and Jessica. And again: on Danielle Kang, Ally Ewing, Austin Ernst, Lexi Thompson, Megan Khan, Lizette Salas and on the debutante Jennifer Kupcho. To complete the roster will be precisely the three choices of Hurst.
On the other hand, the European expedition is already complete. Double joy for Nordqvist who, after the Major triumph, took off the pass for the Solheim Cup (for her it will be the seventh appearance in this event) together with the German Sophia Popov (first time for the Teutonic), the Danish Emily Kristin Pedersen, to the Spanish Carlota Ciganda and the British Georgia Hall and Charley Hull.
The Irish Leona Maguire, Matilda Castren (first Finnish in history to play a Solheim Cup), the Danish Nanna Koerstz Madsen – all three making their debut -, the Swedish Madelene Sagstrom, the French Celine Boutier and the English Mel Reid. These are the choices of Matthew who has thus extinguished the rumors about the indiscretions that indicated Annika Sorenstam among the possible wild cards. In America, the Europe team will defend the cup they won in 2019 with a comeback, 14.5-13.5, in Gleneagles, Scotland.
Solheim Cup organizers and BMW announced the creation of the BMW Celebrity Match during the week of the 2021 Solheim Cup, which will take place at Inverness Club from August 31 – September 6 in Toledo, Ohio. The celebrity match will be held on Thursday, September 2 at 2 p.m. at Inverness Club, with celebrities and players battling for the inaugural crown.
“We are excited to be able to bring the BMW Celebrity Match at the Solheim Cup to life during event week,” said Solheim Cup tournament director Becky Newell. “The match was designed with fans in mind as a way to elevate the experience for those attending the Solheim Cup, and we’re looking forward to watching these players try their hand at Inverness Club as a kickoff to one of women’s golf’s most distinguished team events.”
The celebrity match will have two teams teeing off No. 10 in a scramble format. Three-time U.S. Solheim Cup team captain and 31-time LPGA Tour winner, Juli Inkster, and six-time U.S. Team member and major champion Morgan Pressel are among the participants, as well as Radio Hall of Fame host and former NFL defensive lineman, Mike Golic.
One of the teams will also be captained by none other than multi-Platinum selling and three-time GRAMMY Award-winning country artist, Darius Rucker.
“The Solheim Cup is a prestigious event that I always enjoy watching as a fan of great golf,” said Rucker. “I’m honored to be on the same course as these talented players and can’t wait for some friendly competition in the celebrity match!”.