Sisters Who've Played on the Same Solheim Cup Team

Nelly Korda is one of the rare members of the Solheim Cup sisters club

Sisters playing together on a Solheim Cup team? That has to be a rarity. After all, how many sets of sisters can you name where two (or more) siblings were playing top-level, winning golf in the same general time frame? They are rare. But, in fact, two sets of sisters so far have been on the same Solheim Cup squads.

And those two sibling pairs are the Sorenstams and the Kordas.

The Sorenstams

The first time sisters played together on a Solheim Cup team was in the 1998 Solheim Cup. That year, Charlotta Sorenstam earned her only appearance for Team Europe, while Annika Sorenstam was making one of her regular appearances on the squad.

Team Europe's captain in 1998 was Swede Pia Nilsson, and four of her five captain's picks were Swedes. Charlotta was one of those captain's picks. She was in her second year as an LPGA Tour member and had no wins on either the Ladies European Tour or the LPGA. But she was having one of her stronger years on the LPGA.

Annika, of course, was Annika. She had four LPGA wins in 1998 and was at 16 for her career total.

The Sorenstams did not partner one another in any of the matches.

The Kordas

At the 2019 Solheim Cup, another pair of sisters joined the Sorenstams. Nelly Korda and Jessica Korda both played for Team USA. And they not only became the second sister act in a Solheim Cup, but the first sisters to partner one another in the Solheim Cup. That happened when Jessica and Nelly paired for a Day 1 foursomes match.

Jessica previously made the 2017 Solheim Cup team but was unable to play due to injury. She did play in the 2013 Solheim Cup. For Nelly, 2019 was her first appearance in the tournament.

The Kordas were both on Team USA in 2021, too, and we should expect them to both be team members for at least several more Solheim Cups after that. Both give the appearance of remaining among the top American golfers for many years to come.

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Photo credit: "Nelly Korda"by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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