2023 LPGA Picks: Solheim Cup Odds and Expert Betting Predictions
Golf fans are elated with The Ryder Cup next week, but before we get to that, the women will be facing off in the Solheim Cup. The rules are exactly the same as The Ryder Cup, with teams of 12 golfers representing the United States and Europe. They will play against each other in two days of fourballs and foursomes and then a final day of 12 head-to-head singles matches. The United States holds the advantage in the all-time record at 10-7, but Europe has won the last two matches. The latest saw Europe winning 15-13 at Inverness Club in Ohio in 2021. Doc’s Sports will look at the rosters below and I will break down which side I am betting on.
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Solheim Cup Rosters
Lilia Vu – Nelly Korda – Allisen Corpuz – Megan Khang – Jennifer Kupcho – Danielle Kang
Andrea Lee – Lexi Thompson – Rose Zhang – Angel Yin – Ally Ewing – Cheyenne Knight
Celine Boutier (France) – Maja Stark (Sweden) – Charley Hull (England) – Leona Maguire (Ireland)
Georgia Hall (England) – Linn Grant (Sweden) – Carlota Ciganda (Spain) – Anna Nordqvist (Sweden)
Madelene Sagstrom (Sweden) – Gemma Dryburgh (Scotland) – Emily Pedersen (Denmark)
Caroline Hedwall (Sweden)
Solheim Cup Odds
Team USA +105
Team Europe +100
Solheim Cup Prediction
In my opinion, The Solheim Cup is going to come down to the final three players on Team Europe. Experts agree that Team Europe has the advantage when it comes to the top half of each team, but there is a massive drop off when analyzing the last three names on the roster; Gemma Dryburgh, Emily Pedersen, and Carolina Hedwall. The lowest ranked player on Team USA is Cheyenne Knight, who comes in at 49th on the Women’s World Golf Rankings. Dryburgh, Pedersen, and Hedwall come in at 55th, 121st, and 122nd. That much of a drop off could end up hurting Team Europe, especially if it comes down to the wire during Sunday’s singles.
Europe will definitely be leaning on Celine Boutier, who has had an amazing season. The French golfer won the Evian, one of women’s golf’s majors, and followed that by claiming the Scottish Open the following week. She also won the ShopRite LPGA Classic in March, beating teammate Georgia Hall in a playoff. Boutier has a solid Solheim Cup record, winning five of her seven matches, losing one and halving the other.
The American side will be leaning on Lilia Vu to bring home the hardware. After contemplating walking away from the game of golf a few years ago, she became the first American since 1999 to win multiple majors in the same season. She claimed the Chevron Championship and AIG Women’s Open while rising to No. 1 in the world. Lexi Thompson and Nelly Korda also bring a lot to the table in this event after posting stelar seasons.
Team Europe may have some sort of a home field advantage with the event taking place in Spain, but that has not made a huge difference in the history of this event like it has at the Ryder Cup for the men. Team USA has won in Europe three of the last four times it was hosted there. Team USA also must be extremely excited to welcome Rose Zhang to the squad this year. She took the LPGA by storm this season, winning her professional debut after dominating the college scene. For me the deciding factor is the depth chart for Europe. Take Team USA for the victory.
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To win: Team USA +105