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Another tight Solheim Cup battle looming

(Photo: Ladies European Tour)
One of the most fiercely contended events in not only female golf but female sport generally takes place this week with the staging of the Solheim Cup at St Leon-Rot Golf Club in St Leon-Rot in Germany.

It is the 14th edition of the battle between Europe and the USA with the USA successful on eight occasions and Europe five.

Just as has been the case with their Ryder Cup counterparts, however, the Europeans have closed the gap in recent times, winning four of the last eight with the contest now a ferocious competition between two sides which may not necessarily be matched on paper but very much so on the golf course.

Five of the USA side are inside the top twenty in the world verses just two from the European side, six of the Europeans are outside the top 50 and yet the highest ranked American is 41st. Typically that is the way it has been but for some reason the Solheim Cup turns into a great battle.

Reflecting the relative strength of world golf and where this event now stands is that of all 24 players in this week’s event only three are inside the world top ten. The domination of Korean, Asian and Australasian golfers in recent years has swung the balance of female golf in the world and in fact twelve of the leading twenty world ranked players in world would make up an International side of players from anywhere other than Europe and the USA.

So for what it is worth the Americans are the classiest side but as has been shown in this contest over the years the relative strengths of the respective sides on paper is nearly irrelevant.

This has become a contest full of passion and emotion from not only the players but the local fans and in front of a German audience this week this week’s battle is expected to get very noisy.

The format consists of eight foursome matches on day one, eight four ball matches on day two and twelve singles on the final day.

Despite the European’s home-town advantage I might have to give this one to the Americans.

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