With the first two days of the competition at the Finca Cortesin in Andalusia, Spain, tied 8-8, two-time defending champion Europe completed the three-peat during Sunday’s 12 singles matches.
Captain Suzann Pettersen said: “I think it was meant to be. It came down to Carlota, in Spain, in her own hands.
“I walked with her down 16 and said, ‘Is this how you wanted it? Because it’s all in your hands in now.’ And she was like, ‘I’m up for it’.”
Ciganda added: “I’m so happy just to do this for Suzann, for Spain. I’m just so proud. I’m so happy to do this for everyone here of the family, the Spanish crowd, this is just amazing.”
When is the Solheim Cup?
This year’s Solheim Cup started on Friday, with the final day on Sunday.
The competition lasted three days, and comes after the major LPGA tournaments of the summer.
Where is it being held?
This year’s Solheim Cup was held in Spain, the first time the country has hosted the competition.
The cup took place at Finca Cortesin in Casares, a small town in Andalucia. The golf course is regarded as one of the best in Spain.
Ciganda was the only player from Team Europe to be playing on home soil this year.
How can I watch it on TV?
Sky Sports was showing the competition live. The day’s matches got under way at 8.10am local time (7.10am BST) on Friday and Saturday, whilst the singles matches commenced at 11.10am local time (10.10am BST) on Sunday, Sept 24.
What is the Solheim Cup?
The Solheim Cup is a team matchplay competition in women’s professional golf that happens once every two years and involves Europe and the United States.
The competition derives its name from Karsten Solheim, a Norwegian-American golf club manufacturer who pioneered the idea in women’s golf. The format of the competition mirrors the men’s Ryder Cup, which starts a week after the Solheim Cup.
Team Europe were looking to achieve their first three-peat in Solheim Cup history after Catriona Matthew of Scotland led the team to victories over the Americans in 2019 and 2021.
The Solheim Cup was first held in 1990 in Florida and the US have won 10 of the 17 competitions to date.
Who are the Solheim Cup captains?
Team US was led by Stacy Lewis. Her vice-captains were Morgan Pressel, Natalie Gulbis and Angela Stanford.
Who are the players?
Celine Boutier (France) and Maja Stark (Sweden) qualified automatically via the LET Solheim Cup points list while Anna Nordqvist (a playing vice-captain), Charley Hull (England), Leona Maguire (Ireland), Linn Grant (Sweden), Georgia Hall (England) and Carlota Ciganda (Spain) secured their spots via the world rankings.
Suzann Pettersen’s four captain’s picks were: Gemma Dryburgh (Scotland), Caroline Hedwall (Sweden), Emily Kristine Pedersen (Denmark) and Madelene Sagstrom (Sweden).
The automatic qualifiers via the world rankings were Lexi Thompson and Rose Zhang while Allisen Corpuz, Danielle Kang, Megan Khang, Nelly Korda, Jennifer Kupcho, Andrea Lee and Lilia Vu came through on the Solheim Cup points list.
Ally Ewing, Cheyenne Knight and Angel Yin were the captain’s picks for Stacy Lewis.
What is the Solheim Cup format?
Over three days, 28 matches are played with those matches falling into three categories: foursomes, fourballs and singles.
There are 12 players on each team, and they compete as pairs or individuals.
Four foursomes and four fourballs matches are played on both Friday and Saturday. Each of these matches will see one pair from Europe compete with a pair from team USA.
In a foursome match, each team will alternate between shots and will use one ball between two players. In a fourballs match, each competitor will get to use their own ball.
Points are awarded to the team that scores the lowest on each hole. The match is won when the advantage one team has is bigger than the number of holes left to play on the course. If the result is drawn by the end of the match, the match is halved.
The first of the foursomes matches begins at 8.10am local time (7.10am BST) on both Friday and Saturday. Fourballs matches will be played on Friday and Saturday afternoon, getting underway at 1.40pm local time (12.40pm BST).
On Sunday, all of the 24 competitors will get the chance to play in singles matches, with the first of these matches being played at 11.10am local time (10.10am BST).
There are 28 matches in total across the weekend, meaning 28 points are up for grabs. The team that reaches the 14-and-a-half point marker first will be victorious. Europe will retain the cup if the tournament ends in a draw.
What is the Solheim Cup schedule?
Sunday, Sept 24: 12 singles matches:
10.10am: Megan Khang (USA) vs. Linn Grant (Europe)
10.22am: Rose Zhang (USA) vs. Leona Maguire (Europe)
10.34am: Danielle Kang (USA) vs. Charley Hull (Europe)
10.46am: Jennifer Kupcho (USA) vs. Anna Nordqvist (Europe)
10.58am: Andrea Lee (USA) vs. Georgia Hall (Europe)
11.10am: Cheyenne Knight (USA) vs. Gemma Dryburgh (Europe)
11.22am: Angel Yin (USA) vs. Celine Boutier (Europe)
11.34am: Ally Ewing (USA) vs. Caroline Hedwall (Europe)
11.46am: Lilia Vu (USA) vs. Madelene Sagstrom (Europe)
11.58am: Allisen Corpuz (USA) vs. Maja Stark (Europe)
12.10pm: Nelly Korda (USA) vs. Carlota Ciganda (Europe)
12.22pm: Lexi Thompson (USA) vs. Emily Pedersen (Europe)
How can I buy tickets?
General admission tickets are available via the official website.
What are the best odds?
Europe to win: 21/20
USA to win: 13/10
Odds correct as of September 23