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An Early Look at the 2021 Solheim Cup at Inverness Club
If the thrilling finish at Gleneagles is any indication of what to expect in September, buckle up for the action at Inverness Club. The European Team narrowly emerged in a hard-fought battle that went all the way down to the wire, and there’s no doubt the Americans are seeking revenge.
Here are some details about the 2021 Solheim Cup.
When and Where is the 2021 Solheim Cup?
- When: September 4-6
- Where: Inverness Golf Club – Toledo, OH
- United States Captain: Pat Hurst
- European Captain: Catriona Matthew
Catriona Matthew returns to lead Team Europe after guiding them to victory in 2019. Matthew’s resume in this event (as a player) is bettered only by Laura Davies, as the Scotswoman ranks 2nd all-time in points (22), matches played (37), and Solheim Cup appearances (9).
Juli Inkster’s reign as the US captain comes to an end after three successive runs heading the charge. Pat Hurst takes over and has already named two assistants. Angela Stanford got the call in early June, while Michele Wie West found out she’d be part of the squad in late July.
"I just feel extremely honored when I actually got that phone call when she picked me as assistant captain. I was just ecstatic.”— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) July 24, 2020
Michelle Wie West will serve as a 2021 Solheim Cup assistant captain: https://t.co/hVpQ8bp4yn pic.twitter.com/6I1P1BBisU
2021 Solheim Cup Odds
Not all of the top golf betting sites have installed odds for the 2021 Solheim Cup. However, BetOnline has, and the way they have priced this event is fairly telling about which side they believe has the early edge.
No arguments here.
On paper, the United States Team is going to look a lot stronger, simply due to having much more horsepower at the top. Nothing against the likes of Carlota Ciganda or Charley Hull, but Danielle Kang and Nelly Korda are two of the top four players in the world. Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda are also proven commodities in this event, as is Lizette Salas.
Past Championships Hosted at Inverness Club
The 2020 LPGA Drive On Championship was hosted at Inverness Club this summer and proved to be among the more difficult venues on the circuit. Danielle Kang’s three-day total of 209 (-7) was enough to fend off Celine Boutier by a shot and claim the title.
Danielle Kang held off Celine Boutier to win the LPGA's return to action at the Drive On Championship at Inverness Club in Ohio.— Golf Central (@GolfCentral) August 3, 2020
How the day played out in Ohio: https://t.co/eEQptPlYGA pic.twitter.com/yPAqbkp5Of
As far as the men’s side goes, the quaint Donald Ross layout has hosted some of the most prestigious events in the world.
Among that group are: four US Opens (1920, 1931, 1957, 1979) and two PGA Championships (1986, 1993), as well as a couple of US Senior Opens (2003, 2011) and a US Amateur (1973). More recently, Preston Summerhays won the 2019 US Junior Amateur at the acclaimed track in Toledo, OH.
A Sneak Peek At the United States Team
We can pencil in a handful of names right off the bat. Danielle Kang is an obvious choice, as are the Korda sisters and Lexi Thompson. Jennifer Kupcho has come on strong since turning professional in the summer of 2019 and appears to be a cinch to make the team.
Who has the best stats on TOUR? The Korda sisters @NellyKorda and @Thejessicakorda go head-to-head in our quiz to find out.— GOLFTV (@GOLFTV) December 5, 2020
Get to know the @Cisco athletes more – https://t.co/OBJHWPG1yF pic.twitter.com/HbANtGDa87
Veterans Lizette Salas and Stacy Lewis are likely to be included, which would push Pat Hurst’s roster to seven women. As for who else could fill in and play a role, Brittany Altomare, Marina Alex, and Austin Ernst have been on previous teams and should garner plenty of interest from captain Hurst. A couple of potential Solheim Cup rookies to watch out for are Kristen Gillman and Mina Harigae.
Who Will Represent Team European?
Let’s get straight to the “slam dunks.”
Carlota Ciganda is going to make the team, that much we know. Celine Boutier played beautifully at the 2019 Solheim Cup (4-0) and finished runner-up to Danielle Kang at Inverness Club in August. Georgia Hall also sported an unblemished 4-0 mark at the 2019 edition and has represented the European Team in each of the last two Cups.
That’s three for sure, and a win at the 2020 Women’s British Open should be enough to thrust Sophia Popov onto the team bus. Charley Hull and Melissa Reid are next in line if you go by the Rolex Rankings.
Other familiar names we could see helping Captain Matthew during Labor Day Weekend are Caroline Masson, Anne Van Dam, Anna Nordqvist. Emily Kristine Pederson fared poorly in her Solheim Cup debut in 2017 but ripped off three straight wins in the Ladies European Tour in November. The 24-year-old Danish golfer is firmly in the mix.
From Solheim Cup odds to what each team could look like, this 2021 Solheim Cup preview sets the stage for the biggest team event in women’s professional golf.
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