Another year, another heated USA vs. Europe duel in golf. This time on the lady’s side of things. Last week was the 15th Solheim Cup, and it did not disappoint.
This event wasn’t every hyped up before hand, I did not hear much about it personally. But I do have to say one thing about the event and the USA winning by the biggest margin since 1996.
The golf world watched, and liked it.
I was curious to see if the many people I follow on Twitter in the industry of golf, would give this event much love. I was blown away. My feed was loaded with duded rooting for Michelle Wie and talking about how cool the event was. But this years USA team was stacked, and no one was stopping them.
The team was made up of Wie, Cristie Kerr, Lexi Thompson and many more great golfers. Cristie Kerr was the USA’s workhorse going 3-0-1 to fuel the victory.
During the week the two teams battle in different formats. They include foursomes, fourball and singles. Like the Ryder Cup, they save the singles for Sunday when all the drama happens.
Lexi Thompson was trying to do her best Patrick Reed impression during the singles when the world number 2 was once down four, pulled some Captain America magic. She played holes 10-16 at 8 under!
That included a hole out eagle on 11 that got all of the gallery on their feet. The funniest moment of the day was captured on accident, and Twitter did not let it slip.
USA’s captain was Juli Inkster and she would follow certain girls around all week. Well Sunday, when it was all but over, she had a Styrofoam cup with her. Probably a water who cares.
Nope, when people paused it, in black pen on the side of the cup read “Vodka Tonic”.
Safe to say the celebrating got started early and the USA defended the trophy to keep it on this side of the pond.
Golf Will Continue to Remain in the Olympics
Last year was the first time in a while that golf was a sport in the Olympics.
Like everything, it had its critics. But for the most part the tournament and the golfwas a success and a lot of people enjoyed watching Justin Rose capture the gold.
The International Olympic Committee must have agreed because last week they announced that golf would be in the Olympics through 2024.
The 2024 Olympics will be held in either Los Angeles or Paris.
The next Olympics will be held in Tokyo in 2020, where they will be playing at Kasumigaseki Country Club. This club has two courses and the 2020 Olympics will be played on their East course.
A big discussion happening in Japan right now is how the golfers will play that course. Many traditional Japanese designs have two greens, one for summer one for winter.
So instead of a temporary green, you have a whole separate one. A genius idea, but people are debating whether to leave them there to keep the integrity of the Japanese style or to switch it up.
For the next few summer Olympics, the golf is in good hands.
BBC reported that it seems like the IOC is going to pick Paris as the host of the 2024 Olympics, so golf would be played at Le Golf National.
Le Golf National, host of the 2018 Ryder Cup, is a gorgeous course in the south-western outskirts of Paris.
And then for the 2028 Olympics, if they are to vote for it to stay in, as reported by BBC, would be in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles would host the golf portion of the Olympics at the famed Riviera Country Club.
Riviera is a private club in the Pacific Palisades that has endless great moments over the many tournaments it has hosted.
Golf seems to be a great sport for the Olympics, the only improvement may be making it a team event like the Ryder Cup.
But other than that, good job IOC, you did something right.