Mission to recover the Solheim for the Europe of Ciganda and Muñoz

After two consecutive losses, including one in Germany, the European team, with the two Spaniards on the payroll, aims to leave the trophy at home.


In the cold and flirtatious complex of Gleneagles, north of Glasgow and Edinburgh (Scotland), the great world duel of women's golf is settled today: the Solheim Cup, Europe vs. United States. 2 In the 16th edition of the tournament, which so far has resulted in five victories of the Old Continent by ten North Americans, will again take part two Spaniards, Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Muñoz.

Both have entered in their own right in the European team commanded by the Scottish Catriona Matthew. Carlota, through the ranking of points established every year Solheim and Azahara, through the world ranking. Two Swedes, Caroline Hedwall and Anna Nordqvist; four English, Charley Hull, Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, Georgia Hall and the debutant Bronte Law, plus the Dutch Anne Van Dam, the Norwegian Suzann Pettersen, the French Celine Boutier and the German Caroline Masson complete the payroll. His mission, to leave at home a trophy that has been in the United States for four years. There he traveled in 2015 from Germany and there he stayed in 2017.

In favor of the Europeans, who are not favorites (in the bets their victory is paid close to double than their defeat), they have more experience (three Europeans debut by six Americans) and field preparation, by the local team. "We all like it. It is very long and the greens are not very hard, but they are firm. We are going to play long irons, that will be the challenge," Azahara said these days.

Against, an American team that has more players in the top-20 of the ranking (five against one) and Julie Inkster, a leader with a special aura and an enviable medal winners (44 victories in the LPGA, including seven majors) that aspires to make history being the first captain with three straight wins. Under his baton will be Lexi Thompson, the Korda sisters (Jessica and Nelly), Lizette Salas, Danielle Kang, Marina Alex, Megan Khang, Angel Yin, Brittany Altomare, Annie Park, Ally McDonald (substitute for the injured Stacy Lewis) and Morgan Pressel .

In the background, the classic dichotomy shared with the Ryder: American individualism against the European seamless herd. 2 Azahara also commented on these days: "We have grown up with a more team vision and we do more things in a group, while they have a more individual lifestyle. When they ask us what you do to function as a team, I always say the same thing: nothing, it comes naturally to us ".

The format

As in the male version, the three days of action (from Friday to Sunday) They are divided into three modalities. Four foursomes will be played on Friday and Saturday morning: two players per team face in the same game, with one ball for each couple, and the duo that completes it in fewer strokes wins the hole. In the afternoon it will be the turn of the fourballs, another four each day: in this case it is also played in pairs but with four balls, one per player, and for the score of each hole it counts the best result of the pair.

Twelve individual matches will be played on Sunday. 222222 Unlike the fourballs and foursomes, where the captains share the game based on several factors, all players from each team participate in the face-to-face. Totally there are 28 points in play, so you have to add a minimum of 14.5 to raise the cup. In case of a tie, the last champion retains it. So, it is only worth winning for the Europe of Ciganda and Muñoz.

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