Who Has Won The Most Solheim Cups?

We take a look at the Solheim Cup scoreline over the years

Europe and USA Solheim Cup golf bags
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The record of who has won the most Solheim Cups goes to the Americans, winning 10 to Europe's 7. It's fair to say, however, that in the early days the Americans were definitely the dominant force but the momentum has shifted back to Europe in recent times. We have won four out of the last six Cup clashes.

If European captain Suzann Petersen's team can complete the hat-trick at Finca Cortesin, Andalucia, Spain from 18-24 September 2023, then it will be the first time that the Europeans have ever won three consecutive Solheim Cups.

The Americans have done so twice, with a winning run from 1994-1998 and then again from 2005-2009, etched in the history books.

The Early Years - American Dominance

When the Solheim Cup first begun back in the early 90s the USA were dominant, winning four out of the first five matches spanning a decade, from 1990.

The margins of victory in those formative years was also quite considerable. Under Kathy Whitworth's captaincy the American side demolished the Europeans on home soil 11 1/2 - 4 1/2 in the inaugural Cup at Lake Nona, Florida in 1990. This still, to this day, stands as the biggest winning margin in Solheim Cup history.

Kathy Whitworth USA Solheim Cup Captain 1990

Kathy Whitworth captained the winning USA team in the inaugural Solheim Cup

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The Tightest Contests

The two closest Solheim Cup contests have happened in recent years, 2015 and 2019, showing just how evenly matched the talented pool of players in both teams has become.

On both occasions there was just a one-point margin of victory, with the Americans claiming the 14 1/2 - 13 1/2 victory at St. Leon Rot, Germany under the tenacious captaincy of Juli Inkster, and Europe taking the spoils with the same scoreline at Gleneagles, Scotland with Catriona Matthew at the helm.

Catriona Matthew European Solheim Cup captain

Catriona Matthew led the European team to victory in 2019 and 2021

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The Most Magical Winning Putt Ever

The pressure of having to sink a putt for your team’s victory in the Solheim Cup is immense. Knowing that every match on the course has finished and it's all down to you, on your final hole, with one putt left at 18 to seal the deal must be unbearable!

Yet that's the exact situation Suzann Pettersen was in at Gleneagles in Scotland in 2019.

The 42-year old Norwegian was no stranger to pressure. She had won 15 times on the LPGA Tour and seven times on the Ladies European Tour, including two Major championships.

Add to that an impressive Solheim Cup career record of 18-12-6 in an incredible nine appearances. Nevertheless, playing against American Marina Alex she faced, what was arguably, the toughest putt of her career.

Suzann Pettersen celebrates her winning putt at the 2019 Solheim Cup

Suzann Pettersen celebrates her winning putt at the 2019 Solheim Cup

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The two players were all-square on the 18th hole. The score was 13.5 -13.5 in the match. Pettersen faced a seven-foot left-to-right putt to win the Cup for Europe.

She drained it, giving Europe its first Solheim Cup win since 2013. To top it off she announced her retirement from playing professional golf shortly after, ending her competitive career on the highest of highs. 

Carly Frost
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Carly Frost is one of the golf industry’s best-known female writers, having worked for golf magazines for over 20 years. As a consistent three-handicapper who plays competitive club golf at Parkstone and the Isle of Purbeck courses in Dorset every week, Carly is well-versed in what lady golfers love. Her passion for golf and skill at writing combine to give her an unbeatable insight into the ladies game.  

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Carly’s current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Callaway Epic Max, 10.5° 

Fairway wood: TaylorMade SIM2, 15° 

Hybrids: Titleist TS2, 19°, 21°, 24° 

Irons: Mizuno JPX900, 5-PW 

Wedges: Cleveland RTX, 52°, 56° and 58° 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura X5

Ball: 2021 Callaway Ladies SuperSoft