2002 Solheim Cup Results

This was the seventh time the Solheim Cup was played. After the American victory, the overall standings in the event's history were five wins for the United States, two wins for Europe 2.

Final Score: USA 15.5, Europe 12.5

Dates Played: September 20-22, 2002

Location: Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota

Team Captains: Dale Reid for Team Europe and Patty Sheenan for Team USA

Team Rosters:

  • Europe — Annika Sorenstam, Raquel Carriedo, Karine Icher, Paula Marti, Sophie Gustafson, Suzann Pettersen, Iben Tinning, Maria Hjorth, Laura Davies, Helen Alfredsson, Carin Koch, Mhairi McKay
  • USA — Juli Inkster, Laura Diaz, Rosie Jones, Michele Redman, Cristie Kerr, Meg Mallon, Beth Daniel, Wendy Ward, Emilee Klein, Kelli Kuehne, Kelly Robbins, Pat Hurst
Match Notes: This year, the Solheim Cup permanently moved to what is commonly known as the Ryder Cup format: Three days of play; four foursomes and four fourball matches on each of the first two days; 12 singles matches on the final day.

The teams ended Day 1 even. Team USA took a 7-5 lead after the morning session of Day 2, but Europe went 4-0 in the afternoon fourballs to lead 9-7 heading into the Sunday singles. But Team USA dominated the singles, winning seven matches outright and earning 8.5 of the 12 points available.

Cristie Kerr made her Solheim Cup debut here, but magaged only a 1-3-0 record. That was still better than Kelli Kuehne, however, who went 0-4-0 for the American side, despite being on the winning team. Meanwhile, on the losing team, Carin Koch was 4-0-1 for Europe.

The 2002 Solheim Cup was the last one played in an even-numbered year. The competition switched to odd-number years beginning with the 2003 Solheim Cup in order to avoid conflict with the Ryder Cup.

2002 Solheim Cup Match Scores

Day One


  • Laura Davies/Paula Marti (EUR) defeated Juli Inkster/Laura Diaz (USA), 2 up
  • Beth Daniel/Wendy Ward (USA) defeated Iben Tinning/Raquel Carriedo (EUR), 1 up
  • Helen Alfredsson/Suzann Pettersen (EUR) defeated Kelly Robbins/Pat Hurst (USA), 4&2
  • Annika Sorenstam/Carin Koch (EUR) defeated Meg Mallon/Kelli Kuehne (USA) 3&2

Score of first session: Europe 3, USA 1


  • Rosie Jones/Cristie Kerr (USA) defeated Laura Davies/Paula Marti (EUR), 1 up
  • Laura Diaz/Emilee Klein (USA) defeated Sophie Gustafson/Karine Icher (EUR), 4&3
  • Michele Redman/Meg Mallon (USA) defeated Annika Sorenstam/Maria Hjorth (EUR), 2&1
  • Mhairi McKay/Carin Koch (EUR) defeated Juli Inkster/Kelli Kuehne (USA), 3&2

Score of second session: USA 3, Europe 1
Overall score after Day 1: USA 4, Europe 4

Day Two


  • Annika Sorenstam/Carin Koch (EUR) defeated Cristie Kerr/Michele Redman (USA), 4&3
  • Emilee Klein/Wendy Ward (USA) defeated Iben Tinning/Mhairi McKay (EUR), 3&2
  • Meg Mallon/Juli Inkster (USA) defeated Paula Marti/Laura Davies (EUR), 2&1
  • Laura Diaz/Kelly Robbins (USA) defeated Helen Alfredsson/Suzann Pettersen (EUR), 3&1

Score of first session: USA 3, Europe 1


  • Annika Sorenstam/Carin Koch (EUR) defeated Beth Daniel/Wendy Ward (USA), 4&3
  • Maria Hjorth/Iben Tinning (EUR) defeated Pat Hurst/Kelli Kuehne (USA), 1 up
  • Karine Icher/Raquel Carriedo (EUR) defeated Rosie Jones/Cristie Kerr (USA), 1 up
  • Laura Davies/Sophie Gustafson (EUR) defeated Kelly Robbins/Emilee Klein (USA), 1 up

Score of second session: Europe 4, USA 0
Overall score after Day 2: Europe 9, USA 7

Day Three


  • Juli Inkster (USA) defeated Raquel Carriedo (EUR), 4&3
  • Laura Diaz (USA) defeated Paula Marti (EUR), 5&3
  • Emilee Klein (USA) defeated Helen Alfredsson (EUR), 2&1
  • Iben Tinning (EUR) defeated Kelli Kuehne (USA), 3&2
  • Michele Redman (USA) halved with Suzann Pettersen (EUR)
  • Wendy Ward (USA) halved with Annika Sorenstam (EUR)
  • Kelly Robbins (USA) defeated Maria Hjorth (EUR), 5&3
  • Sophie Gustafson (EUR) defeated Cristie Kerr (USA), 3&2
  • Meg Mallon (USA) defeated Laura Davies (EUR), 3&2
  • Pat Hurst (USA) defeated Mhairi McKay (EUR), 3&2
  • Beth Daniel (USA) halved with Carin Koch (EUR)
  • Rosie Jones (USA) defeated Karine Icher (EUR), 3&2

Score of singles session: USA 8.5, Europe 3.5
Overall and final score: USA 15.5, Europe 12.5

Player Records at the 2002 Solheim Cup

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

Team Europe
Helen Alfredsson, 1-2-0
Raquel Carriedo, 1-2-0
Laura Davies, 2-3-0
Sophie Gustafson, 2-1-0
Maria Hjorth, 1-2-0
Karine Icher, 1-2-0
Carin Koch, 4-0-1
Paula Marti, 1-3-0
Mhairi McKay, 1-2-0
Suzann Pettersen, 1-1-1
Annika Sorenstam, 3-1-1
Iben Tinning, 2-2-0

Team USA
Beth Daniel, 1-1-1
Laura Diaz, 3-1-0
Pat Hurst, 1-2-0
Juli Inkster, 2-2-0
Rosie Jones, 2-1-0
Cristie Kerr, 1-3-0
Emilee Klein, 3-1-0
Kelli Kuehne, 0-4-0
Meg Mallon, 3-1-0
Michelle Redman, 1-1-1
Kelly Robbins, 2-2-0
Wendy Ward, 2-1-1

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