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2023 SOLHEIM CUP

List of Solheim Cup captains for Team USA and Europe: past and present

Since its beginning, the Solheim Cup has become a prestigious golf event, with the captains playing a crucial role in guiding their teams to victory.

Since its beginning, the Solheim Cup has become a prestigious golf event, with the captains playing a crucial role in guiding their teams to victory.
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The Solheim Cup is a biennial women’s golf tournament first played in 1990 to provide the finest female golfers in the world with a competition modeled after the Ryder Cup. This tournament features teams representing Europe and the United States.

The Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour are responsible for selecting the captains for Team Europe and Team USA, respectively. The team captains have a range of duties, including setting players for their teams, known as “captains’ picks,” and choosing their assistants. Additionally, they must decide how to pair off their players for the doubles formats, such as foursomes and fourballs, and determine their players’ play order.

Since its inception, the Solheim Cup has become a prestigious event, with the captains playing a crucial role in guiding their teams to victory. Overall, this tournament has become a highlight of the golfing calendar, allowing fans to witness some of the world’s best golfers competing in a thrilling and exciting event.

List of Solheim Cup captains

YearEuropeUSA
2023Suzann PettersenStacy Lewis
2021Catriona MatthewPat Hurst
2019Catriona MatthewJuli Inkster
2017Annika SorenstamJuli Inkster
2015Carin KochJuli Inkster
2013Liselotte NeumannMeg Mallon
2011Alison NicholasRosie Jones
2009Alison NicholasBeth Daniel
2007Helen AlfredssonBetsy King
2005Catrin NilsmarkNancy Lopez
2003Catrin NilsmarkPatty Sheehan
2002Dale ReidPatty Sheehan
2000Dale ReidPat Bradley
1998Pia NilssonJudy Rankin
1996Mickey WalkerJudy Rankin
1994Mickey WalkerJoAnne Carner
1992Mickey WalkerKathy Whitworth
1990Mickey WalkerKathy Whitworth

Captains’ Assistants

At the Solheim Cup, the captains’ assistants are Assistant Captains in Team USA and Vice Captains in Team Europe. The number of assistants is not limited, and each captain is responsible for selecting their team. While there are no formal roles for others, captains may invite them to serve in informal roles during the competition. Only those officially listed as assistants are considered part of the team.

  • 2023: Europe — Anna Nordqvist, Laura Davies, Caroline Martens. United States — Morgan Pressel, Natalie Gulbis, Angela Stanford.
  • 2021: Europe — Laura Davies, Kathryn Imrie, Suzann Pettersen. United States — Stacy Lewis, Angela Stanford, Michelle Wie.
  • 2019: Europe — Laura Davies, Kathryn Imrie, Mel Reid. United States — Pat Hurst, Nancy Lopez, Wendy Ward
  • 2017: Europe — Marta Figueras-Dotti, Maria Hjorth, Suzann Pettersen. United States — Pat Hurst, Nancy Lopez, Wendy Ward
  • 2015: Europe — Sophie Gustafson, Maria Hjorth, Annika Sorenstam. United States — Pat Hurst, Wendy Ward
  • 2013: Europe — Carin Koch, Annika Sorenstam. United States — Laura Diaz, Dottie Pepper
  • 2011: Europe — Joanne Morley, Annika Sorenstam. United States — Juli Inkster, Sherri Steinhauer
  • 2009: Europe — Joanne Morley, Liselotte Neumann. United States — Meg Mallon, Kelly Robbins
  • 2007: Europe — Marie-Laure de Lorenzi. United States — Beth Daniel
  • 2005: Europe — Alison Nicholas. United States — Donna Caponi
  • 2003: Europe — Alison Nicholas. United States — Jane Geddes
  • 2002: Europe — Pamela Wright. United States — Jane Geddes
  • 2000: Europe — Pamela Wright. United States — Debbie Massey