Record interest in 2019 Solheim Cup hosting rights

The Ladies European Tour (LET) has received expressions of interest from 10 countries in relation to hosting golf’s 2019 Solheim Cup.

In 2019, the biennial matchplay team contest against the United States will take place in Europe and Denmark, England, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Wales are all keen to enter the running as potential hosts.

A bidding seminar will take place tomorrow (Wednesday) at the LET’s Buckinghamshire Golf Club headquarters in London. The 2019 Solheim Cup host is set to be announced at the end of this year after the 14th edition is staged at Golf Club St Leon-Rot in Germany from September 18-20.

Mark Casey, the LET’s European Solheim Cup director, said: “We are delighted with the response from the interested nations all across Europe which shows the tremendous appetite for watching Europe take on the USA at golf. We look forward to working closely with all interested parties over the coming months to provide each country with the opportunity to present their strongest possible bid.”

The most recent Solheim Cup took place in 2013 at the Colorado Golf Club in the US state of Colorado. After the next edition at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot the 2017 tournament will be hosted at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in the US state of Iowa, a venue that previously staged the 1999 US Senior Open men’s event.

Ivan Khodabakhsh, LET chief executive, added: “With the European team’s victory at the past two editions of the Solheim Cup in Ireland and Colorado and the growth in women’s golf across the world, the Solheim Cup is developing into a unique women’s sport brand globally. We are therefore very confident of a strong host for the 2019 Solheim Cup.”