Names have now been confirmed for the 2021 Solheim Cup, the most prestigious international women’s professional golf team event, with Europe captain Catriona Matthew finalising her selection this week ahead of the competition in Toledo, Ohio on 4th-6th September. Her line-up contains a combination of new names and experienced players.
The qualification window for the Solheim Cup officially closed following the conclusion of the AIG Women’s Open, which was won by Golf Saudi and Aramco Team Series ambassador Anna Nordqvist. The Swede secured her seventh consecutive appearance in style by winning her third major title at Carnoustie, ending her four-year winless run. Nordqvist claimed a crucial victory over Morgan Pressel in the Sunday singles in 2019, with the 34-year-old part of the last three winning European Solheim Cup teams.
Other familiar names joining the fore include Dane Emily Kristine Pedersen who is well known to Saudi golf fans following her supreme performance in King Abdullah Economic City back in 2020, as she swept to back-to-back titles, winning both the Aramco Saudi Ladies International and the Saudi Ladies Team International. Pedersen has been a shoo-in for the Solheim Cup ever since her dominant finish to the 2020 season, where she won the Order of Merit title. Pedersen, who recently claimed a share of fifth place at the Olympics will be looking for a major improvement this time round having lost all three of her matches during her 2017 debut.
Some new faces to watch out for include Ireland’s Leona Maguire, Finland’s Matilda Castren and Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen all rookies who have been chosen by Catriona Matthew for the first time. England’s Georgia Hall, who finished runner-up at the recent AIG Women’s Open qualified on Solheim Cup points and Germany’s Sophia Popov, England’s Charley Hull and Spain’s Carlota Ciganda all secured their spots through the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.
The U.S. team will also see a stellar line-up with an array of household names set to star. Headline names and automatic qualifiers include Nelly Korda, a three-time LPGA Tour winner in 2021 and gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics. Danielle Kang, Ally Ewing, Austin Ernst, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda and Megan Khang. Lizette Salas and Jennifer Kupcho will also represent the USA as the two highest Americans in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings not among the seven qualifiers from the USA Solheim Cup Team Standings.
Despite Team Europe being the current holders they will be looking to close the overall competition gap, as Team USA leads Team Europe, 10-6, all-time in Solheim Cup competitions.