Qualifying for a Solheim Cup team is often a huge goal for many female professional golfers. Here's how Europeans and Americans can do so
The Solheim Cup is returning to European soil this September as Gleneagles hosts one of the sport’s biggest events.
Teams from Europe and the USA will battle it out over three days, with the visitors looking to retain the trophy that they won in 2017.
Following the conclusion of the Ladies Scottish Open in August, the full teams were announced and we now know exactly who will be heading to Scotland.
But how did the captains end up with these specific sets of players?
How to qualify for the Solheim Cup: Europe
There are three ways through which a European player can qualify for the team.
- Be inside the top three on the LET Solheim Cup points standings – Points are awarded to players in LET events with the number of points available depending on the status of the tournament and the prize fund available. The qualification period ran from the end of the 2017 edition of the Solheim Cup until the end of the Ladies Scottish Open.
- Be one of the top five Europeans on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings not already qualified – The top five ranked players who are not already in the team through points will automatically qualify.
- Get a captain’s pick – The remaining four spaces in the twelve-woman team are always filled by captain’s picks.
- What is the Solheim Cup format?
- European Solheim Cup team
- American Solheim Cup team
- Solheim Cup TV coverage
How to qualify for the Solheim Cup: America
The qualification process for the Americans is slightly different but there are still three ways through which a player can qualify.
- Finish inside the top eight on the LPGA Solheim Cup points standings – The top eight players in the standings at the end of the qualification period automatically qualify. For this year, the final qualifying event was the CP Women’s Open in August.
- Be one of the two highest ranked players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf rankings not already qualified – After the first eight players are decided through the LPGA Solheim Cup points list, the two highest ranked players in the world rankings will be given spots.
- Get a captain’s pick – The captain fills the remaining two places with players of her choice.