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Solheim Cup dates to be switched to avoid Ryder Cup clash

The Solheim Cup, the women’s golf competition held between Europe and the USA, will be moved to even years from 2024 to avoid running in the same year as the men’s Ryder Cup.

The competitions that are set to take place in 2021 and 2023 will still go ahead at the original, scheduled dates and locations of Ohio and Spain respectively.

The 2020 Ryder Cup was postponed after it became clear the competition would not be allowed to go ahead as planned due to the Covid-19 crisis, therefore forcing it into an odd-year schedule. The postponement means that in 2023, there will be a clash between the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup, with the latter due to take place from the 22nd to 24th September, just a week before Ryder Cup tees off in Italy.

Dennis Baggett, the executive director of the Solheim Cup said: “With the world sporting schedule changing so much due to current difficulties, we felt it was in the best interest of the Solheim Cup to return to an off-year rotation with the Ryder Cup.

“When the competition returns to the United States in 2024, I have no doubt fans will have an incredible opportunity to celebrate the best women golfers from the United States and Europe as they represent their home countries.”

Last year’s Solheim Cup saw Europe run out as victors at Gleneagles, where they will look to retain their title at the Inverness Club in Toledo next year.

Author: Jake Wilkin