1998 Solheim Cup Results

This was the fifth time the Solheim Cup was played. After the American victory, the overall standings in the event's history were four wins for the United States, one win for Europe.

Final Score: USA 16, Europe 12

Dates Played: September 18-20, 1998

Location: Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio

Team Captains: Pia Nilsson for Team Europe, Judy Rankin for Team USA

Team Rosters:

  • Europe — Helen Alfredsson, Laura Davies, Marie-Laure de Lorenzi, Alison Nicholas, Trish Johnson, Catriona Matthew, Annika Sorenstam, Sophie Gustafson, Lisa Hackney, Liselotte Neumann, Catrin Nilsmark, Charlotta Sorenstam
  • United States — Donna Andrews, Brandie Burton, Tammie Green, Pat Hurst, Juli Inkster, Christa Johnson, Kelly Robbins, Betsy King, Meg Mallon, Dottie Pepper, Rosie Jones, Sherri Steinhauer
Match Notes: At the previous two Solheim Cups, Europe led going into the singles, only to see the USA dominate the final day. At the 1998 Solheim Cup, the USA took a lead into the final day, then held off a European rally in singles. Following Day 1, the U.S. led 5.5 to 2.5, and after Day 2 the U.S. lead was 10.5 to 5.5.

But Europe won the first four singles matches of the final day until Dottie Pepper (who led Team USA with a 4-0-0 record) stemmed the tide by beating Trish Johnson in Game 5. Although Europe won the singles session, it wasn't enough to overcome the USA's lead built in foursomes and four-balls.

For Team Europe, Annika Sorenstam and Charlotta Sorenstam were both on the squad, the first time sisters played in a Solheim Cup. It was Charlotta's only Solheim Cup appearance. The sisters did not partner one another, however, in any of the team match play sessions.

1998 Solheim Cup Match Scores

Day One


  • Dottie Pepper/Juli Inkster (USA) defeated Laura Davies/Trish Johnson (EUR), 3&1
  • Meg Mallon/Brandie Burton (USA) defeated Helen Alfredsson/Alison Nicholas (EUR), 3&1
  • Kelly Robbins/Pat Hurst (USA) defeated Lisa Hackney/Liselotte Neumann (EUR), 1 up
  • Annika Sorenstam/Catriona Matthew (EUR) defeated Donna Andrews/Tammie Green (USA), 3&2

Score of first session: USA 3, Europe 1


  • Betsy King/Chris Johnson (USA) halved with Laura Davies/Charlotta Sorenstam (EUR)
  • Pat Hurst/Rosie Jones (USA) defeated Lisa Hackney/Sophie Gustafson (EUR), 7&5
  • Helen Alfredsson/Marie-Laure de Lorenzi (EUR) defeated Kelly Robbins/Sherri Steinhauer (USA), 2&1
  • Dottie Pepper/Brandie Burton (USA) defeated Annika Sorenstam/Catrin Nilsmark (EUR), 2 up

Score of second session: USA 2.5, Europe 1.5
Overall score after Day 1: USA 5.5, Europe 2.5

Day Two


  • Donna Andrews/Sherri Steinhauer (USA) defeated Annika Sorenstam/Catriona Matthew (EUR), 3&2
  • Laura Davies/Charlotta Sorenstam (EUR) defeated Meg Mallon/Brandie Burton (USA), 3&2
  • Dottie Pepper/Juli Inkster (USA) defeated Helen Alfredsson/Marie-Laure de Lorenzi (EUR), 1 up
  • Kelly Robbins/Pat Hurst (USA) defeated Liselotte Neumann/Catrin Nilsmark (EUR), 1 up

Score of first session: USA 3, Europe 1


  • Annika Sorenstam/Catrin Nilsmark (EUR) defeated Betsy King/Rosie Jones (USA), 5&3
  • Laura Davies/Lisa Hackney (EUR) defeated Chris Johnson/Tammie Green (USA), 2 up
  • Donna Andrews/Sherri Steinhauer (USA) defeated Marie-Laure de Lorenzi/Helen Alfredsson (EUR), 4&3
  • Meg Mallon/Juli Inkster (USA) defeated Liselotte Neumann/Charlotta Sorenstam (EUR), 2&1

Score of second session: USA 2, Europe 2
Overall score after Day 2: USA 10.5, Europe 5.5

Day Three


  • Laura Davies (EUR) defeated Pat Hurst (USA), 1 up
  • Helen Alfredsson (EUR) defeated Juli Inkster (USA), 2&1
  • Annika Sorenstam (EUR) defeated Donna Andrews (USA), 2&1
  • Liselotte Neumann (EUR) defeated Brandie Burton (USA), 1 up
  • Dottie Pepper (USA) defeated Trish Johnson (EUR), 3&2
  • Kelly Robbins (USA) defeated Charlotta Sorenstam (EUR), 2&1
  • Marie-Laure de Lorenzi (EUR) defeated Chris Johnson (USA), 1 up
  • Rosie Jones (USA) defeated Catrin Nilsmark (EUR), 6&4
  • Tammie Green (USA) defeated Alison Nicholas (EUR), 1 up
  • Sherri Steinhauer (USA) defeated Catriona Matthew (EUR), 3&2
  • Lisa Hackney (EUR) defeated Betsy King (USA), 6&5
  • Meg Mallon (USA) halved with Sophie Gustafson (EUR)

Score of singles session: Europe 6.5, USA 5.5
Overall and final score: USA 16, Europe 12

Player Records at the 1998 Solheim Cup

Players' records are listed as wins-losses-halves.

Team Europe
Helen Alfredsson, 2-3-0
Laura Davies, 3-1-1
Marie-Laure de Lorenzi, 2-2-0
Sophie Gustafson, 0-1-1
Lisa Hackney (Hall), 2-2-0
Trish Johnson, 0-2-0
Catriona Matthew, 1-2-0
Liselotte Neumann, 1-3-0
Alison Nicholas, 0-2-0
Catrin Nilsmark, 1-3-0
Annika Sorenstam, 3-2-0
Charlotte Sorenstam, 1-2-1

Team USA
Donna Andrews, 2-2-0
Brandie Burton, 2-2-0
Tammie Green, 1-2-0
Pat Hurst, 3-1-0
Juli Inkster, 3-1-0
Chris Johnson, 0-2-1
Rosie Jones, 2-1-0
Betsy King, 0-2-1
Meg Mallon, 2-1-1
Dottie Pepper, 4-0-0
Kelly Robbins, 3-1-0
Sherri Steinhauer, 3-1-0

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