LPGA - Women's Solheim Cup Preview
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DATES: Friday, August 16th through Sunday, August 18th
SITE: Colorado Golf Club, Parker, Colorado
COURSE ARCHITECT: Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw (2007)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7.066
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 635 yds10 - Par 4 444 yds
2 - Par 3 154 yds11 - Par 3 197 yds
3 - Par 4 428 yds12 - Par 5 531 yds
4 - Par 4 440 yds13 - Par 4 400 Yds
5 - Par 4 390 yds14 - Par 4 293 yds
6 - Par 3 222 yds15 - Par 5 595 yds
7 - Par 4 448 yds16 - Par 5 532 yds
8 - Par 4 311 yds17 - Par 3 180 yds
9 - Par 4 431 yds18 - Par 4 435 yds
35 3,459 yds37 3,607 yds
Biennial:  13th
Television (ET) Golf Channel
Thursday:  7-8 p.m. (Opening Ceremonies)
Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday:  5-9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday:  2:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday:  8:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Closing Ceremonies)
Tournament Format:   
Friday/Saturday4 Foursome/Alternate Shot Matches
Friday/Saturday4 Fourball/Betterball Matches
Sunday12 Individual Match Play Matches
Defending Champion:  Europe defeated USA, 15-13
Series Record:  USA 8-4
United StatesMeg Mallon
EuropeanLiselotte Neumann
United StatesDottie Pepper & Laura Diaz
EuropeanCarin Koch & Annika Sorenstram
Past Solheim Cup Winners and Sites
YearWinner (Score)
2011Europe (15-13)
(Kileen Castle County, Meath, Ireland)
2009United States (16-12
(Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove, Illinois
2007United States (16-12)
(Halmstad Golfkklub (North Course), Sweden
2005United States (15 1/2-12 1/2)
(Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Indiana
2003Europe (17 1/2 - 10 1/2)
(Barseback Golf & Country Club, Sweden
2002United States (15 1/2 - 12 1/2)
(Interlachen Country Club, Edina, Minnesota
2000Europe (14 1/2-11 1/2)
(Loch Lomond Golf Club, Luss, Scotland
1998United States (16-12)
(Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio
1996United States (17-11)
(Marriott st. Pierre Hotel & CC, Wales
1994United States (13-7)
(Greenbrier, Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
1992Europe (11 1/2-6 1/2)
(Dalmahoy Hotel G&CC, Edinburgh, Scotland
1990United States (11 1/2-4 1/2)
(Lake Nona GC, Orlando, Florida

Players in the Tournament
Team USATeam Europe
Paula CreamerCarlota Ciganda (Spain)
Cristie KerrJodi Ewart-Shadoff (England)
Jessica KordaCaroline Hedwall (Sweden)
Brittany LangCharley Huff (England)
Stacy LewisKarine Icher (France)
Brittany LincicomeCatriona Matthew (Scotland)
Gerina PillerCarolien Masson (Germany)
Morgan PresselAzahara Munoz (Spain)
Lizette SalasAnna Nordqvist (Sweden)
Angela SanfordSuzann Pettersen (Norway)
Lexi ThompsonBeatriz Recari (Spain)
Michelle WieGiulia Sergas (Italy)
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - United States
Darkhorse - Not applicable
Last Week's Pick to Win (Paula Creamer) - Finished T-11th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jodi Ewart-Shadoff) - Missed the cut
The biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition features the best players of the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour. The United States leads the all-time series, 8-4, and has won three of the last four meetings. In fact, the United States is a perfect 6-0 on American soil in this competition. This year's event will take place at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado.

The United States has four Solheim Cup rookies on their team (Jessica Korda, Lexi Thompson, Lizette Salas, Gerina Piller), while the Europeans have six (Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, Giulia Sergas, Carlota Ciganda, Caroline Masson, Beatriz Recari, Charley Hull). Europe's Laura Davies was the only player to have competed in all of the Solheim competitions, but she failed to make the squad. The European team needs just 14 points to retain the Cup, while the United States team must reach 14 1/2 points to reclaim the Cup. Meg Mallon will lead the 2013 U.S. contingent, while Liselotte Neumann will serve as captain forthe Europeans.

Qualifying points for the U.S. team were awarded weekly to the top-10 finishers and ties at official LPGA events...Qualifying points for the European team are awarded weekly to the top-10 finishers at official Ladies European Tour events...The 2013 team was selected by choosing the top-4 players from the European Solheim Cup standings, the top-4 players from the Rolex Women's World Rankings not otherwise qualified, and Liselotte Neumann's four captains picks...The U.S. golfers started collecting points towards the 2013 Solheim Cup at the 2011 Canadian Women's Open...Starting with the 2013 team, the top eight players on the American Solheim Cup points list will make the squad, then the next two highest players in the Rolex Rankings, not otherwise qualified, will round out the automatic qualifiers. Meg Mallon completed the team with two captain's picks.

Scoring at the Solheim Cup is based on a points system, with 28 total points available over the three days of competition. One point is awarded for each match won, and half a point is awarded to each team for matches that end in a tie. Using the foursomes format, each 2-member team hits alternate shots with the same ball. At the end of the hole, one score is recorded for the team. In contrast, a four-ball match features each player playing her own ball throughout the entire match. At the end of each hole, the best score of the two teammates is recorded; only one score from each team is recorded for each hole. For the singles competition, one U.S. and one European player compete against one another. Each plays her own ball throughout the round and records her own score.

In 2011, the European team defeated the United States, 15-13 at Killeen Castle in Ireland. Tied at seven points each after the first two days, the European team captured six of the 12 singles matches on Sunday with two halves to snap the American streak of three consecutive Solheim Cup titles.

Coming down the stretch with only two matches remaining, the United States, despite trailing by a point, seemed to be in control, as Ryann O'Toole held a 2-up lead with two holes remaining, however she posted back-to-back bogeys to halve the match.

The American hopes rested on Angela Stanford, who was tied with Azahara Munoz with two holes remaining. Munoz went on to birdie the 17th hole and clinch the Cup for Europe. Munoz won the final match 1-up to make the final margin 15-13 in favor of Europe.

In 2009, the United States won eight out of 12 points in the singles to cruise to a 16-12 victory at Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois. It was the eighth time in 11 tries that the Americans won the singles. When Christina Kim went 1-up against Tania Elosegui with one to play, that guaranteed a half-point for the American side. Morgan Pressel won the par-three 16th to polish off a 3 & 2 win over Anna Nordqvist that got the U.S. to 14 1/2 points, which was enough for a third straight victory.

In 2007, the American team dominated the Europeans in the singles, capturing 8 1/2 points in the 12 matches to successfully defend the Solheim Cup. The U.S. won by a final score of 16-12 at Halmstad Golfclub in Sweden. Back in 2003, the European team crushed the United States, 17 1/2 to 10 1/2, as they led from start to finish. All three of the European wins have come on their home soil.

Trailing 9-7 heading into the Sunday singles matches in 2002, the United States won 8 1/2 of a possible 12 points to reclaim the Solheim Cup by a count of 15 1/2 - 12 1/2. The singles action at Interlachen Country Club took some unexpected turns and perhaps the most surprising was American Wendy Ward halving her match with Annika Sorenstam.

In the most controversial Solheim Cup back in 2000, the European squad snapped the American win streak at three with a decisive 14 1/2 to 11 1/2 win in Scotland. The final match of day two featured Kelly Robbins and Pat Hurst for the United States versus Annika Sorenstam and Janice Moodie. Due to bad weather and darkness, the completion of the match was pushed back. Needing to finish her fourball match Sunday morning, Sorenstam holed a 25-foot chip for birdie on the 13th hole, her first of the morning. The American team then asked Sorenstam to replay her shot because they felt Robbins was farther away. She hit again and missed, but Hurst rolled home a birdie to win the hole. The Americans went onto a 2 & 1 victory, visually shaking up Sorenstam. She then lost her singles match to Juli Inkster, 5 & 4.

The LPGA Tour returns to action next week in Canada for the CN Canadian Women's Open, as amateur Lydia Ko defends her title from a year ago.

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