Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup to be played in ‘two-week festival of golf’

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On Monday, it was announced that Finca Cortesin in Spain will host the Solheim Cup between September 22-24 before Italy’s Marco Simone Golf & Country Club hosts the Ryder Cup between September 29 to October 1.
The two competitions are usually scheduled in alternate years but due to the postponement of the 2020 Ryder Cup because of the coronavirus pandemic, fans will be treated to two weeks in which the best golfers from Europe and the US will be pitched against one another.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to be part of a two-week festival of golf,” Ladies European Tour CEO Alexandra Armas said.

“The Solheim Cup is truly one of the most dramatic and interesting golf events on the global sporting calendar and it has the ability to transcend golf to new audiences and, if the 2023 edition is anything like 2019, fans will be left wanting more and they will be lucky enough go straight onto The Ryder Cup in Italy where the men’s version of Team Europe and Team USA will go head-to-head.”

The next edition of the Solheim Cup is scheduled for September 4-6, 2021 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. The postponed 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits will be played between September 25-27, 2021.

Team Europe celebrate after winning the Ryder Cup in 2018.

Team Europe are the reigning champions in both the men’s and women’s editions. At the 2019 Solheim Cup, they prevailed 14½–13½ at Gleneagles, Scotland while at the most recent Ryder Cup, Team Europe dominated their American counterparts 17½-10½ at Le Golf National, France.

“Match play golf between Europe and the USA brings a totally unique perspective and atmosphere to our sport and it is tremendous for fans in Europe that our continent will play host to The Solheim Cup and The Ryder Cup in consecutive weeks in 2023,” Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said.

Suzann Pettersen of Team Europe lifts the trophy with her teammates after winning the Solheim Cup.

“The fact it is also a first for both hosting nations — Spain and Italy — simply adds to the anticipation and if we can recreate the excitement generated at Le Golf National in 2018 and at Gleneagles in 2019, the whole world of golf will be in for a truly fabulous fortnight.”

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