USA More Likely to Win Solheim Cup 2019
Date Posted: September 10, 2019
The best female golfers from the USA and Europe will go head-to-head starting September 13th to 15th, 2019 at the Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course in Scotland. Will Team USA win for the third consecutive time since 2015? Or will Team Europe prove the sportsbook predictions wrong?
On average, USA’s chance of winning is at -175 odds, way bigger than Europe’s +175. This means that in order for a player to win $100 on a USA bet, he has to wager $175. Meanwhile, a bet of $100 on Europe wins a player $175.
The format of the Solheim Cup is the same as that of the Ryder Cup, the men’s golf tournament counterpart of Solheim. Every two years, the venue of the competition alternates between the United States of America and Europe. There are 28 matches in total held over a period of three days, always from a Friday to a Sunday. Each match gives one point to the team of that match’s winner.
During Day 1, four foursome and four fourball matches happen in the morning and afternoon sessions, respectively. Here, eight players from each team participate. On Day 2, Another set of four foursome and four fourball matches takes place participated in by eight players from each team. On Day 3, 12 singles matches are fought with all players from both teams participating.
This year, the USA’s captain is Juli Inkster who is marking her third time to head the team for Solheim. Europe, on the other hand, will have Catriona Matthew as the captain for the first time. Both captains are non-playing, meaning they will not be part of any of the matches in the event.
On record, the Americans have already won a total of 10 championships all throughout the history of Solheim Cup. The 2 most recent of these, 2015 and 2017, were times when Inkster stood as the captain. This is one big reason sportsbooks predict that USA will win this year for a three-peat championship.
However, Inkster has some reservations. When asked what she thinks lies ahead for her team in Gleneagles, she said told Golfweek:
“We’ve won the last two. There’s no doubt about that. But playing overseas, and they have a very veteran team, just three rookies — I’d say right now it’s up for grabs. I would say them just because we’re playing on their soil, and we’ve never won in Scotland. So I would say they’re probably the favorites, but I don’t discount my team whatsoever.”
What lies ahead for the 2019 U.S. Solheim Cup team?
Juli Inkster and Morgan Pressell discuss. pic.twitter.com/4GtygdDdpN
— Golfweek (@golfweek) August 31, 2019
A lot of pressure is now on Juli Inkster as she looks to set new records as captain. LPGA Media tweeted:
“Juli Inkster can become the first captain to win the Solheim Cup three times and the first to win twice on European soil.”
It’s @2019solheimcup week!
Juli Inkster can become the first captain to win the Solheim Cup three times and the first to win twice on European soil.
First-time captain Catriona Matthew, looks to become the 6th winning European captain and first since Liselotte Neumann in 2013. pic.twitter.com/IQZMUTScUU
— LPGA Media (@LPGAMedia) September 9, 2019
But if Europe wins, it’s going to leave a huge mark under Matthew’s belt. LPGA Media added:
“First-time captain Catriona Matthew, looks to become the 6th winning European captain and first since Liselotte Neumann in 2013.”
Kathryn Imrie, Europe’s vice-captain has nothing but huge admiration to and confidence in Matthew. Imrie said:
“Catriona is a natural leader. She is very unassuming and quietly confident about what she does. She is super smart and makes the right decisions in a calm way. She is just going to demand respect. She reminds me a lot of Lotta Neumann [the decorated Swede and 2013 captain]. The players loved playing for her and I think it’s going to be the same with Catriona.”
Catriona’s team is composed of the players Carlota Ciganda, Anne Van Dam, Caroline Hedwall, Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Azahara Munoz, Caroline Masson, Anna Nordqvist, Celine Boutier, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Bronte Law, and Suzann Pettersen.
To play head-to-head against them are the American golfers Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang, LizetteSalas, Jessica Korda, Megan Khang, Marina Alex, Britanny Altomare, Angel Yin, Annie Park, Stacy Lewis, and Morgan Pressel.