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Analyzing the 2021 Solheim Cup Rosters for Bettors

| September 1, 2021 1:26 pm PDT

It started with Solheim Cup odds for which team will lift the trophy. Now that rosters have been finalized, the top betting sites have flooded their lobbies with all sorts of ways to bet on the action.

You can bet on each of the five sessions individually, plus you can bet on who will be the top point scorer for each team and overall. Other props are on their way, now’s a great time to get acquainted with each roster.

Instead of betting blindly, refer to this page offering a bit of insight into each player.

Why Bettors Should Study the Solheim Cup Rosters

Successful bettors, regardless of what sport they’re betting on, study the teams and players involved. They research stats and look for any valuable tidbits they can find.

It’s part of the process when they’re betting on the Super Bowl or the World Series; it’s also part of the process when they’re betting on the Solheim Cup.

Identified as the Ryder Cup in women’s golf, the Solheim Cup is a pressure cooker that not everyone is cut out for. Knowing who’s been here before and who’s making their debut is information worth accounting for before you place any bets.

Reviewing recent form and the Rolex Rankings tells us who’s hot and who’s not, not to mention, a bunch of these women played this golf course at the 2020 LPGA Drive On Championship.

With that in mind, let’s get acquainted with 24 females set to compete.

Meet Team USA

Captained by Pat Hurst, Team USA strolls into Ohio with a star-studded lineup. Led by five of the top-14 players in the world, the Red, White, and Blue are indisputably the favorites to hoist the hardware.

Collage of Danielle Kang, Lexi Thompson, and Jessica Korda

Nelly Korda

  • Age: 23
  • World Rank: 1
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 1
  • Solheim Cup Record: 3-0-1

Nelly won the Meijer LPGA Classic, the Women’s PGA Championship, and a gold medal at the Summer Olympics. That’s just since the middle of June. She’s undeniably the top player in the sport.

Danielle Kang

  • Age: 28
  • World Rank: 8
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 2
  • Solheim Cup Record: 4-4-0

Danielle’s intense spirit on the golf course has carried her a long way in match play (two-time US Women’s Amateur champion). Kang also receives a boost this week due to her victory at Inverness Club last August at the 2020 LPGA Drive On Championship.

Ally Ewing

  • Age: 28
  • World Rank: 22
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 1
  • Solheim Cup Record: 1-3-0

The champ at the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play at Shadow Creek has sputtered as of late. Since winning in Vegas, Ewing has finished outside of the top-40 in four of her six starts.

Austin Ernst

  • Age: 29
  • World Rank: 27
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 1
  • Solheim Cup Record: 2-2-0

After not being selected to the 2019 squad, Austin Ernst is on the prowl for a new partner in Ohio. In Austin’s last Solheim Cup appearance (2017), the LSU product went 2-1 in the team sessions playing alongside Paula Creamer.

Lexi Thompson

  • Age: 26
  • World Rank: 12
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 4
  • Solheim Cup Record: 5-4-6

After failing to win a match at Gleneagles in 2019, Lexi Thompson will be ultra-motivated to make an impact at Inverness Club. The ball-striking wizard leads the LPGA Tour in GIR (78.1%) and sits 4th in driving distance (279.44 yards).

Jessica Korda

  • Age: 28
  • World Rank: 18
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 2
  • Solheim Cup Record: 4-2-2

Teaming up with her younger sister, Jessica raced through each of her foursome matches at the last Solheim Cup (6&4, 6&5). Expect the Korda’s to pair up together again and be massive betting favorites each time they get sent out.

Megan Khang

  • Age: 23
  • World Rank: 37
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 1
  • Solheim Cup Record: 0-2-1

Since qualifying for the US Women’s Open at 14 years old, Megan Khang has been a standout. Now 23, Khang is evolving as one of the bright young stars in the game. Six career top-10s in majors; including two in 2021.

Lizette Salas

  • Age: 32
  • World Rank: 14
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 4
  • Solheim Cup Record: 6-6-2

Fresh off a runner-up showing at the Women’s British Open, Lizette Salas will lean on precision and putting to assist Team USA. Salas, who also finished 2nd at the 2021 Women’s PGA Championship, is the oldest member of Pat Hurst’s squad.

Jennifer Kupcho

  • Age: 24
  • World Rank: 28
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 0
  • Solheim Cup Record: 0-0-0

One of three rookies on the United States team, Kupcho is a tee-to-green specialist who qualified for this team via her Rolex Ranking. With a hot putter, Jennifer has the ability to steam past her opponents.

Brittany Altomare

  • Age: 30
  • World Rank: 54
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 1
  • Solheim Cup Record: 2-1-1

Earning 2.5 points at the 2019 Solheim Cup was likely the deciding factor that led captain Hurst to select Altomare as a captain’s pick. The 30-year-old has never won before and has just two top-10s in her last 21 starts.

Yealimi Noh

  • Age: 20
  • World Rank: 31
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 0
  • Solheim Cup Record: 0-0-0

The youngest competitor in the 2021 Solheim Cup has also been one of the most dependable golfers of late. Noh arrives on a 3rd-14th-7th-13th burst and could wind up as the X-factor for the American squad.

Mina Harigae

  • Age: 31
  • World Rank: 62
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 0
  • Solheim Cup Record: 0-0-0

One of the best putters on the LPGA Tour, this 31-year-old is making her long-awaited debut at the Solheim Cup. It’s fitting she’s finally here considering she’s played on the Junior Solheim Cup, as well as the Junior Ryder Cup and Curtis Cup. Two top-5s in her last four starts.

Meet Team Europe

After leading Europe to an upset victory on her home soil in 2019, Catriona Matthew returns as the head honcho of the European team. While Pat Hurst made three captain’s picks for 2021 festivities, Matthew was allowed to hand-pick six members of her roster.

First, meet the six women who qualified via points.

Collage of Georgia Hall, Carlotta Ciganda, and Anna Nordqvist

Emily Kristine Pedersen

  • Age: 25
  • World Rank: 67
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 1
  • Solheim Cup Record: 0-3-0

Looking to avenge her winless showing at the 2017 Solheim Cup, Emily Kristine Pedersen is a much more mature player than she was four years ago. The 25-year-old Danish golfer placed 5th at the Tokyo Olympics.

Georgia Hall

  • Age: 25
  • World Rank: 29
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 2
  • Solheim Cup Record: 6-3-0

Georgia Hall went 4-0 at Gleneagles in 2019 and just tied for second at the Women’s Open. Hall’s one of the few players I could see playing in all five matches.

Anna Nordqvist

  • Age: 34
  • World Rank: 16
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 6
  • Solheim Cup Record: 12-9-2

Anna’s 23 matches played at the Solheim Cup are seven more than anyone else participating in 2021. On August 22nd, Nordqvist picked up her first victory in four years at the 2021 Women’s British Open.

Sophia Popov

  • Age: 28
  • World Rank: 30
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 0
  • Solheim Cup Record: 0-0-0

It’s been an unforgettable season for Sophia one year after triumphing at Royal Troon. The saving grace is Popov’s lone top-10 this year was a runner-up showing at the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play.

Charley Hull

  • Age: 25
  • World Rank: 38
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 4
  • Solheim Cup Record: 9-3-3

Charley’s sporty record at the Solheim Cup is a big reason she’s among the betting favorites to score the most points. Also aiding her cause is the fact that she’s notched top-5s in two of her last three starts.

Carlota Ciganda

  • Age: 31
  • World Rank: 41
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 4
  • Solheim Cup Record: 6-6-4

Making her fifth straight appearance at the Solheim Cup, Carlota Ciganda is especially dangerous in singles play. The 31-year-old Spaniard boasts a 3-0-1 record in mano-a-mano showdowns, including taking down Danielle Kang (1 up) in 2019.

Celine Boutier

  • Age: 27
  • World Rank: 66
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 1
  • Solheim Cup Record: 4-0-0

Celine finished 2nd at Inverness Club last August and went 4-0 during her Solheim Cup debut. This Frenchwoman is being counted on to deliver in a big way over Labor Day Weekend.

Matilda Castren

  • Age: 26
  • World Rank: 47
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 0
  • Solheim Cup Record: 0-0-0

Unheralded at the start of 2021, Matilda Castren was slotted #220 in the Rolex Rankings at the start of 2021. Fast forward to today after wins on the LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour (LET) and Castren is comfortably inside the top 50.

Nanna Koerstz Madsen

  • Age: 26
  • World Rank: 49
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 0
  • Solheim Cup Record: 0-0-0

The longest hitter on Team Europe, per LPGA driving distance statistics this season, Nanna Koerstz Madsen is enjoying a breakout season. The 26-year-old Dane finished 3rd at the ANA Inspiration and 5th at the Women’s British Open. Nanna had never tallied a top-10 in a major heading into 2021.

Leona Maguire

  • Age: 26
  • World Rank:45
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 0
  • Solheim Cup Record: 0-0-0

And yet another 26-year-old rookie. The first Irishwomen to play in the Solheim Cup, Leona Maguire has been balling out this season. Clocking in 4th on the LPGA Tour in scoring average, Maguire made headlines in late July when she carded a final round 61 in the Evian Championship.

Mel Reid

  • Age: 33
  • World Rank: 53
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 3
  • Solheim Cup Record: 4-6-2

Unless she catches fire in the Midwest, this soon-to-be 34-year-old Englishwomen is unlikely to play more than three matches. Among her last seven starts worldwide, Reid has withdrawn, missed two cuts, and failed to register a finish better than T34.

Madelene Sagstrom

  • Age: 28
  • World Rank: 48
  • Solheim Cup Appearances: 1
  • Solheim Cup Record: 1-2-0

One of two European team members who average north of 270 yards per poke, Madelene Sagstrom should be a big part of Catriona Matthew’s 2021 plans. I anticipate Matthew pairing the confident Swede with fellow countrywoman Anna Nordqvist for at least a couple of matches.

Key Takeaways for Solheim Cup Bettors

Team USA has three rookies, Team Europe has four. Eight others are playing in just their second Solheim Cup.

There are fundamental golf betting strategies you can follow, but be sure to check for the official pairings for each session before you bet on the Solheim Cup. As for some specific tips for 2021 Solheim Cup betting, here are a couple of initial thoughts.

  • Look to invest in the Korda sisters in foursomes.
  • Find ways to back Danielle Kang on a golf course she’s succeeded at before.

This Solheim Cup guide was written in mid-June but offers details on the format and some background information about the venue.

More Betting Tips for the Solheim Cup

There’s a lot to unpack to get prepped to take full advantage of Solheim Cup betting opportunities. Perusing that link will explain how and where to bet on the Solheim Cup, as well as discuss what kind of Solheim Cup bets you can place.

I alluded to the props related to the top point scorer overall and for each team, now I’ll direct you to a link that dives into the markets.

Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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