What Happens If the Solheim Cup Ends in a Tie?

Every two years, there are 28 points up for grabs by the two teams playing the Solheim Cup. And that presents the possibility the two teams will tie, 14-14. What happens in the event such a tie happens? Who gets the Cup?

In the event of a tie score at the end, 14-14, the Solheim Cup remains with the defending champion.

The Solheim Cup is a biennial tournament, one of the biggest events in women's professional golf. It is contested between a team of American golfers representing the LPGA Tour, and a team of European golfers representing the Ladies European Tour.

The team holding the trophy entering a new Solheim Cup (the defending champion, in other words) needs only achieve a tie to keep the cup.

But the other side, the side trying to win back the cup from the defending champion, must win the tournament outright. A 14-14 tie does that team no good — it must earn 14.5 of the 28 available points to win the tournament and gain ownership of the Solheim Cup.

Or, to put it another way, a tie goes to the defending champ.

A 14-14 tie score is always a possibility when the tournament is played. But through the 2017 Solheim Cup (the event began in 1990), no final tie score has yet happened.

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