The Solheim Cup will land in Spain for the first time in 2023

Finca Cortesín, in Malaga, is the route chosen to host the biennial women's confrontation between Europe and the United States. Ryder was already in Valderrama in 1997.

The Ladies European Tour announced this Tuesday that Spain will host the 2023 Solheim Cup in the spectacular Finca Cortesín route, Andalusia, and that the scheduled dates for the competition will shortly be specified. The United States and Europe will face each other in Spain for the first time in the history of the tournament, a milestone that once again places our country in the forefront of sport and adds to the long list of major top-level events (World Cup 1982 football, 1986 Basketball World Cup, Barcelona 92 JJ. OO., Ryder Cup 97, Copa América 2007 and 2010, etc.) held in our country.

Although it makes its debut in the organization of this prestigious international women's team competition, Spain has a long history as a host country for high-level golf events, such as the 1997 Ryder Cup or the 75 LET tournaments and the LET Access Series that have took place in their fields. To these figures must be added the test that will serve as the culmination of the 2020 calendar of the LET, the Andalusia Costa del Sol Open in Spain, which will also culminate this year's order of merit, the Race to Costa del Sol. Spain becomes the 6th European country to host this competition after Scotland, the most recent venue on European soil, Wales, Sweden, Ireland and Germany.

Located on the Costa del Sol, in the heart of Andalusia, Finca Cortesín is a world-famous golf destination that hosted three editions of the Volvo World Match Play Championship of the European Tour and that appears regularly among the five best Spanish courses on the lists Golf World and Golf Digest, two of the most reputable trade publications. The course, whose greens underwent a profound remodeling in 2017, is known for its magnificent conditioning and for the challenge posed by its design, an ideal complement to its careful aesthetics.

"We are delighted to announce that Spain will be the organizing country of the Solheim Cup in 2023 when the competition returns to European soil for the eighteenth edition of this great international team tournament. Spain is a country passionate about golf, its fans they know this sport in depth and generations and generations of great players have come out of their inexhaustible quarry. Furthermore, the Andalusian cultural legacy will make the players, guests and fans live a unique experience ", said Alexandra Armas, Executive Director of Ladies European Tour. "The tournament not only reinforces Spain's reputation as an elite golf country, but also that of the Costa del Sol and Andalusia as essential destinations, something that will undoubtedly inspire future generations to play golf" .

The Spanish women have had a notable weight in the Solheim Cup since the inaugural edition was held in 1990, and seven compatriots have defended the colors of Europe throughout the history of the competition, a figure that is only behind the players contributed by England and Sweden. Carlota Ciganda, one of the local heroines, has participated in the last four editions, while the Marbella-born Azahara Muñoz also has four appearances to her credit since she debuted in 2011. Both have been decisive in the recent history of the competition, in the that Europe has achieved three victories in the last five editions, including a memorable triumph at the 2019 edition held in Gleneagles (Scotland) .

Costa del Sol joins the family of global partners for the 2023 edition and joins PING and Rolex, historical sponsors of the Solheim Cup. Sports & Business will organize the event and will be in charge of all aspects of the tournament together with the Ladies European Tour .

"It is a pride to have managed to bring the Solheim Cup to Spain. Without a doubt, the key has been the good understanding that has existed between all the institutions involved: Andalusia, Costa del Sol, Acosol, the Marbella City Council, the Marbella City Council. Benahavís and the Royal Spanish Golf Federation have known how to work in unison to achieve this milestone that will promote quality tourism in Andalusia, and which catapults the Costa del Sol as an indisputable destination for women's golf ", declared Íñigo Aramburu, general director of Sport & Business. “I want to thank the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour for the trust placed in the Spanish proposal. We are going to try to organize the best Solheim Cup in history and the most fun. The Costa del Sol is a unique destination in the world and we are going to show it through this tournament. I also want to highlight that the chosen field, Finca Cortesín, is one of the best in Europe and its hotel has been considered the best in Spain and Portugal, so the hospitality that the teams will receive here in Spain is going to be the most high level. ”

The next 2021 Solheim Cup will take place in Toledo, Ohio, from September 4-6 and the American team intends to snatch the trophy from Europe, which took the 2019 edition with a spectacular putt on the last green of the last match of individual.

The Solheim Cup was first played in Florida in 1990 and is named after Karsten Solheim, the businessman and golf club designer who pioneered its creation. Two teams of 12 players compete in the Solheim Cup over three days with the same format as the Ryder Cup and 28 games in total (eight foursomes and eight fourballs on the first two days and 12 singles on the final day) .

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