1996 Solheim Cup Results

This was the fourth time the Solheim Cup was played. After the American victory, the overall standings in the event's history were three wins for Team USA, one win for Team Europe.

Final Score: USA 17, Europe 11

Dates Played: September 20-22, 1996

Location: St. Pierre Hotel and Country Club, Chepstow, Wales

Team Captains: Judy Rankin (USA) and Mickey Walker (EUR)

Team Rosters:

  • Europe — Helen Alfredsson, Laura Davies, Marie-Laure de Lorenzi, Lisa Hackney, Trish Johnson, Kathryn Marshall, Joanne Morley, Liselotte Neumann, Alison Nicholas, Catrin Nilsmark, Dale Reid, Annika Sorenstam.
  • USA — Pat Bradley, Brandie Burton, Beth Daniel, Jane Geddes, Rosie Jones, Betsy King, Meg Mallon, Michelle McGann, Dottie Pepper, Kelly Robbins, Patty Sheehan, Val Skinner.

Match Notes: The format changed this year to adopt the Ryder Cup format: two sessions of foursomes, two sessions of fourballs, 12 singles matches, 28 total points at stake. With that change, the rosters also expanded from the 10 golfers in previous years to 12 players per team from this point forward.

At the end of the first day, the U.S. held a 5-3 lead. But Europe won the second day 6-2, producing an overall lead of 9-7 for Europe.

However, Team USA dominated the singles matches, winning 10 of the available 12 points. The only European player to win her singles match was Annika Sorenstam, who led off with a 2-and-1 victory over Pat Bradley. Liselotte Neumann halved with Beth Daniel and Alison Nicholas halved with Kelly Robbins. The other nine singles matches were all won by the Americans.

1996 Solheim Cup Match Scores

Day One

Foursomes

  • Kelly Robbins/Michelle McGann (USA) halved with Annika Sorenstam/Catrin Nilsmark (EUR)
  • Patty Sheehan/Rosie Jones (USA) defeated Laura Davies/Alison Nicholas (EUR), 1 up
  • Beth Daniel/Val Skinner (USA) defeated Marie-Laure de Lorenzi/Dale Reid (EUR), 1 up
  • Dottie Pepper/Brandie Burton (USA) defeated Helen Alfredsson/Liselotte Neumann (EUR), 2&1

Score of first session: USA 3.5, Europe 0.5

Four-Ball

  • Laura Davies/Trish Johnson (EUR) defeated Kelly Robbins/Pat Bradley (USA), 6&5
  • Annika Sorenstam/Kathryn Marshall (EUR) defeated Val Skinner/Jane Geddes (USA), 1 up
  • Dottie Pepper/Betsy King (USA) defeated Liselotte Neumann/Catrin Nilsmark (EUR), 1 up
  • Meg Mallon/Beth Daniel (USA) halved with Helen Alfredsson/Alison Nicholas (EUR)

Score of second session: Europe 2.5, USA 1.5
Overall score after Day 1: USA 5, Europe 3

Day Two

Foursomes

  • Laura Davies/Trish Johnson (EUR) defeated Patty Sheehan/Rosie Jones (USA), 4&3
  • Annika Sorenstam/Catrin Nilsmark (EUR) defeated Dottie Pepper/Brandie Burton (USA), 1 up
  • Meg Mallon/Jane Geddes (USA) halved with Liselotte Neumann/Kathryn Marshall (EUR)
  • Marie-Laure de Lorenzi/Helen Alfredsson (EUR) defeated Kelly Robbins/Michelle McGann (USA), 4&3

Score of first session: Europe 3.5, USA 0.5

Four-Ball

  • Laura Davies/Lisa Hackney (Hall) (EUR) defeated Beth Daniel/Val Skinner (USA), 6&5
  • Michelle McGann/Meg Mallon (USA) halved with Annika Sorenstam/Trish Johnson (EUR)
  • Kelly Robbins/Betsy King (USA) defeated Marie-Laure de Lorenzi/Joanne Morley (EUR), 2&1
  • Catrin Nilsmark/Liselotte Neumann (EUR) defeated Patty Sheehan/Jane Geddes (USA), 3&1

Score of second session: Europe 2.5, USA 1.5
Overall score after Day 2: Europe 9, USA 7

Day Three

Singles

  • Annika Sorenstam (EUR) defeated Pat Bradley (USA), 2&1
  • Val Skinner (USA) defeated Kathryn Marshall (EUR), 2&1
  • Michelle McGann (USA) defeated Laura Davies (EUR), 3&2
  • Beth Daniel (USA) halved with Liselotte Neumann (EUR)
  • Brandie Burton (USA) defeated Lisa Hackney (Hall) (EUR), 1 up
  • Dottie Pepper (USA) defeated Trish Johnson (EUR), 3&2
  • Kelly Robbins (USA) halved with Alison Nicholas (EUR)
  • Betsy King (USA) defeated Marie-Laure de Lorenzi (EUR), 5&4
  • Rosie Jones (USA) defeated Joanne Morley (EUR), 5&4
  • Jane Geddes (USA) defeated Dale Reid (EUR), 2 up
  • Patty Sheehan (USA) defeated Catrin Nilsmark (EUR), 2&1
  • Meg Mallon (USA) defeated Helen Alfredsson (EUR), 4&2

Score of singles session: USA 10, Europe 2
Overall and final score: USA 17, Europe 11

1996 Solheim Cup Player Records

Records are listed as wins-losses-halves.

Team USA
Pat Bradley, 0-2-0
Brandie Burton, 2-1-0
Beth Daniel, 1-1-2
Jane Geddes, 1-2-1
Rosie Jones, 2-1-0
Betsy King, 3-0-0
Meg Mallon, 1-0-3
Michelle McGann, 1-1-2
Dottie Pepper, 3-1-0
Kelly Robbins, 1-2-2
Patty Sheehan, 2-2-0
Val Skinner, 2-2-0

Team Europe
Helen Alfredsson, 1-2-1
Laura Davies, 3-2-0
Marie-Laure de Lorenzi, 1-3-0
Lisa Hackney, 1-1-0
Trish Johnson, 2-1-1
Kathryn Marshall, 1-1-1
Joanne Morley, 0-2-0
Liselotte Neumann, 1-2-2
Alison Nicholas, 0-1-2
Catrin Nilsmark, 2-2-1
Dale Reid, 0-2-0
Annika Sorenstam, 3-0-2

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