Golfers With the Most Singles Wins in Solheim Cup

Which golfer holds the record for most wins in singles matches at the Solheim Cup? The all-time Solheim Cup record for most wins in singles matches is six, and that record is shared by Juli Inkster (pictured above/Team USA) and Catriona Matthew (Team Europe).

The players who share the record are listed in order of their winning percentages. On that basis, Inkster goes first. We've also included all the other golfers so far who have won five singles matches, which adds another four golfers to the list.

The Solheim Cup is played biennially between teams of golfers representing the United States and Europe, selected by the LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour, respectively. Each Solheim Cup concludes with a final day of singles match play, so a golfer who makes the team gets only one chance every other year to win a singles match.

Related: Golfers with the most singles losses in the Solheim Cup

The List: Most Solheim Cup Singles Wins

The numbers next to each golfer's name represent her overall singles record (wins-losses-halves). Also noted for each are the opponents she didn't beat.

Juli Inkster, 6-1-2

Inkster played in nine Solheim Cups, first in 1992 and last in 2011. She shares with Catriona Matthew the Solheim Cup record of six wins in singles, but Inkster has the higher winning percentage of 77.8-percent.
  • 1992: def. Alison Nicholas, 3 and 2
  • 2000: def. Annika Sorenstam, 5 and 4
  • 2002: def. Raquel Carriedo, 4 and 3
  • 2003: def. Carin Koch, 5 and 4
  • 2005: def. Sophie Gustafson, 2 and 1
  • 2007: def. Iben Tinning, 4 and 3
Inkster's lone loss in singles was to Helen Alfredsson. She also had halves against Gwladys Nocera and Laura Davies.

Catriona Matthew, 6-2-1

Matthew, like Inkster, had six singles wins in nine playing appearances. Her winning percentage in singles was 72.2-percent. She first played in 2003 and last played in 2017.
  • 2003: def. Rosie Jones, 3 and 1
  • 2005: def. Wendy Ward, 3 and 2
  • 2007: def. Laura Diaz, 3 and 2
  • 2009: def. Kristy McPherson, 3 and 2
  • 2011: def. Paula Creamer, 6 and 5
  • 2017: def. Stacy Lewis, 1-up
Matthew's two losses were to Sherri Steinhauer and Morgan Pressel, plus she halved with Gerina Piller.

Dottie Pepper, 5-1-0

Pepper won five out of her six singles matches, playing in each of the first six Solheim Cups (1990 through 2000). Three of her five wins were against Trish Johnson, who happens to hold the tournament record for most singles losses (7).
  • 1990: def. Marie-Laure de Lorenzi, 4 and 2
  • 1994: def. Catrin Nilsmark, 6 and 5
  • 1996: def. Trish Johnson, 3 and 2
  • 1998: def. Trish Johnson, 3 and 2
  • 2000: def. Trish Johnson, 2 and 1
Pepper's one loss in singles was to Dale Reid in 1992.

Paula Creamer, 5-2-0

Creamer posted five wins in her seven Solheim Cup appearanced that spanned from 2005 to 2017.
  • 2005: def. Laura Davies, 7 and 5
  • 2007: def. Maria Hjorth, 2 and 1
  • 2009: def. Suzann Pettersen, 3 and 2
  • 2015: def. Sandra Gal, 4 and 3
  • 2017: def. Georgia Hall, 1-up
Her losses were to Catriona Matthew and Charley Hull.

Meg Mallon, 5-2-1

Mallon played in eight Solheim Cups, first in 1992 and last in 2005.
  • 1994: def. Pam Wright, 1-up
  • 1996: def. Helen Alfredsson, 4 and 2
  • 2000: def. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, 1-up
  • 2002: def. Laura Davies, 3 and 2
  • 2005: def. Karen Stupples, 3 and 1
She lost to Catrin Nilsmark and Laura Davies, and had one tie against Sophie Gustafson.

Laura Davies, 5-5-2

Davies played in more Solheim Cups than anyone else, all of the first 12 times the tournament took place (1990 through 2011). Her five singles wins came in 12 singles matches, with "only" a .500 record.
  • 1990: def. Rosie Jones, 3 and 2
  • 1992: def. Brandie Burton, 4 and 2
  • 1998: def. Pat Hurst, 1-up
  • 2003: def. Meg Mallon, 1-up
  • 2007: def. Brittany Lincicome, 4 and 3
Davies' five losses equal her five wins, and those defeats were to Brandie Burton, Michelle McGann, Kelly Robbins, Meg Mallon and Paula Creamer. Her two ties were against Brittany Lang and, in the final playing appearances for them both, Juli Inkster.

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Photo credit: Keith Allison from Baltimore, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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