Juli Inkster has been named as the US Team Captain for The 2019 Solheim Cup. Inkster will go head to head with Scotland’s Catriona Matthew who will captain the European side for first time when the matches are held at Gleneagles next September.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “We would like to congratulate Juli Inkster on her appointment as US Team Captain for The 2019 Solheim Cup matches. Juli is a fierce competitor with a fantastic record in the Solheim Cup so it will be a great match-up between her and Scotland’s own Catriona Matthew, who will lead the European Team. We look forward to welcoming Juli, her team and thousands of American fans to Scotland, the Home of Golf in September 2019 when we plan on hosting the best Solheim Cup ever.”
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The 31-time LPGA Tour winner and seven-time major champion will become the first three-time Team USA captain at the 2019 Solheim Cup to be played on the world-famous PGA Centenary Course at The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, from Sept. 13-15, 2019. The U.S. will head to Scotland leading Europe 10-5 all-time in Solheim Cup competition.
“This is an unbelievable honor and one I do not take lightly,” Inkster said. “I’m so stoked to be able to take the U.S. Team to Scotland, the home of golf, to compete in the 2019 Solheim Cup. We can’t wait to get started.”
Inkster, 57, and the U.S. squad will look to successfully defend their title on European soil, pitted against hometown legend and first-time Team Europe captain Catriona Matthew.
Matthew said: “Congratulations to Juli on this announcement. She’s done an amazing job in the last two Solheim Cups, and throughout her Solheim career, and will certainly be a formidable opponent at Gleneagles. Juli is someone who I have admired very much over the years in all that she has achieved both on and off the golf course, and I am delighted she will be my opposite number for the 2019 match. I’ve definitely picked up some valuable insights into Juli’s captaincy style over the last two matches, so I am excited we are both now in place and are ready to get down to business. Game on!”
The last time the Solheim Cup was held in Europe, in 2015 in St. Leon-Rot, Germany, Inkster led the U.S. Team to the largest comeback win in Solheim Cup history. The Americans trailed by four points entering Sunday’s singles matches before staging a comeback for the ages, winning 8.5 points en route to a 14.5-13.5 victory.