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The Solheim Cup Preview

Written by @Matt_Cee for @Hollywoodbets. Follow them both on Twitter and Facebook now!


The Solheim Cup | Friday 16 August – Sunday 18 August | Colorado Golf Club

solheimcupintroThe Solheim Cup is much like the Ryder Cup except in this one, Europe and America’s top female golfers compete for the prestigious trophy. The 2013 renewal will be hosted by the USA and take place at Colorado Golf Club, a fact that makes one confident that the Americans are set to continue their dominance in this tournament. They have won eight of the last twelve instalments of the Solheim Cup but last time around it was a quality team of European ladies who managed to steal the glory.


Each team will consist of 12 players and the format of the tournament is as follows:
Day 1: Four foursome matches (morning)
   Four fourball matches (afternoon)
Day 2: The same format as day 1.
Day 3: 12 singles matches.

By ladies standards, the course is playing fairly long this year and will suit the bigger hitters. Let’s have a look at this one and see how we can approach it from a betting angle.

To Win Outright

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This time around I simply can’t see the Americans missing out, but the problem is that there is no value to be had at 7/20. If you’re stringing together a weekend multiple and want to bump the price up a bit though, throw that one in there. Rather, the real value seems to be in the top nationality markets.

Top American
Paula Creamer  7/2
Stacy Lewis  4/1
Cristie Kerr  13/2

Paula Creamer is the obvious bet here because she comes into this with a fantastic record which she has managed to maintain throughout her career, and has more Solheim Cup experience than anyone else in the field. A lot of the younger ladies will be looking to her to lead the way and she’s never been one to shy away from such responsibility, so I can’t see that pressure hurting her chances of scoring the most points for her team. 7/2 isn’t the best price but to me you’ll be hard pressed to find much better.

Top European
solheimcup2Suzann Pettersen  7/2
Catriona Matthew  4/1
Anna Nordqvist  13/2

This one is a bit trickier because there are a host of talented golfers to choose from and none of them seem to jump out in the same way Creamer does. However, Anna Nordqvist is another golfer who comes into this with a lot of experience and she should relish the opportunity to compete against her American counterparts.

If you’re looking for a decent place bet though, look no further than Carlota Ciganda. She is a highly talented Spaniard who has earned her place in this team by showing her worth in a number of tournaments. If this wasn’t her maiden tournament, I reckon she would be a contender for the top spot but I’m going to play it safe and tip her to finish in the top 3 at 5/2.

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