The Solheim Cup offers variety, not just in viewing and competition but also in the betting. Here are some of the interesting bets catching Joe Hughes' eye this week
If you like a bet on a slightly unusual market, then the Solheim Cup offers the ideal opportunity to do just that.
Any event that strays away from the week-in-week-out norm of strokeplay has an added element of interest and excitement, so with the two teams battling it out over matchplay this week, there are plenty of tasty markets and odds available.
Venue: Gleneagles, PGA Centenary Course, Scotland
Date: September 13-15, 2019
Course summary: Jack Nicklaus worked his magic on this layout to create a wonderful championship course which was also the host of the Ryder Cup as recently as 2014. The longest inland course in Scotland requires accuracy on approach shots with much of the trouble coming short of the greens.
Defending champion: USA
Thursday September 12:
5.30pm: Opening ceremony
Friday September 13:
7.30am: Solheim Cup day one, Sky Sports Main Event, Golf & Mix
Saturday September 14:
7.30am: Solheim Cup day two, Sky Sports Golf & Mix
Sunday September 15:
10.30am: Sky Sports Golf & Mix
- Solheim Cup format
- European Solheim Cup team
- American Solheim Cup team
- How to qualify for the Solheim Cup
So, let’s get into it, here’s what I like the look of.
Solheim Cup betting specials: Day 1 fourballs winner
As America are pretty much favourites in every market, it’s no surprise that Europe’s price is a little more attractive.
At the time of writing, odds of 9/5 are available for Europe to win the opening session of the week – Friday morning fourballs.
This is one of the bets that I will definitely be sticking a nice a mount on myself as I think there is a good chance this will come true.
In the last five Solheim Cups, Europe have been ahead after the opening day on three of those occasions which shows they haven’t had too much trouble on the first day.
Even more encouragingly, you’d have to look all the way back to 2009 to find the last time USA got the better of Europe in the opening session of the week.
Solheim Cup betting specials: Europe’s top points scorer
Charley Hull would be one of the obvious choices here with her Solheim Cup experience and her return of 7 1/2 points from her 11 matches played.
She is available at 11/2 but I’m inclined to look elsewhere here as we will see Bronte Law tee it up for in the Solheim cup for the first time.
The Englishwoman has been part of three Curtis Cup teams and in 2016 became the first GB&I player to have a perfect 5-0-0 record so she clearly knows how to get the job done in matchplay.
Furthermore, she’s been playing on the LPGA Tour where she claimed her first victory earlier this year, so she will know her opponents well and could use this knowledge to expose weaknesses and ultimately gain points.
At odds of 10/1, she offers great value and is definitely worth some serious consideration.
Solheim Cup betting specials: USA’s top points scorer
The 26-year-old dropped just one point in her debut Solheim Cup appearance two years ago, winning her three other matches, one of which alongside Lizette Salas who is also in the team once again.
Aside from her previous performance in this event, she has also enjoyed one of her best seasons on the LPGA in 2019.
Eight top 10 finishes in 17 starts see her sit 16th in the season’s money list and I expect her to bring this good form with her.
Solheim Cup betting specials: Hole-in-one scored
Finally, this one is a little less predictable as you may expect.
There has only been a single hole-in-one recorded in Solheim Cup history and this came at the 2013 edition in Colorado when Anna Nordqvist holed-out from the tee.
If the history books are to be trusted then the 1/33 odds for there to be no aces is about right, but perhaps a small stake should be spared for the ‘yes’ side of this bet.
10/1 is being offered for any of the 24 players to find the cup in one and for nothing more than a little added interest on the par-3s a couple of quid will find it’s way on to this bet for me, but it is about as far away from a banker as you could get.