Who Are the Oldest Golfers to Play the Solheim Cup?

In the history of the Solheim Cup, only one golfer aged 50 or older has played. The recordholder for oldest Solheim Cup golfer is Juli Inkster, who was 51 years, 2 months and 30 days old when she played in the 2011 Solheim Cup.

Only six times has a golfer aged 47 or older played in the tournament. Inkster accounts for three of those six times.

These are the oldest Solheim Cup golfers:

  • 51 years, 91 days old — Juli Inkster, 2011 Solheim Cup. Had 0-2-1 (wins-losses-ties) record.
  • 49 years, 58 days — Juli Inkster, 2009 Solheim Cup. Had 1-2-1 record.
  • 48 years, 330 days — Beth Daniel, 2005 Solheim Cup. Had 0-1-2 record.
  • 47 years, 358 days — Catriona Matthew, 2017 Solheim Cup. Had 3-1-0 record.
  • 47 years, 353 days — Laura Davies, 2011 Solheim Cup. Had 1-1-1 record.
  • 47 years, 82 days — Juli Inkster, 2007 Solheim Cup. Had 2-0-2 record.
In the 2011 Cup, oldest-player records were set for both Team USA (Inkster) and Team Europe (Davies). It was the final appearance in the Cup for both of those stars and stalwarts, and the team captains arranged for Inkster and Davies to face each other in singles. The final Solheim Cup match for both of them appropriately ended with them splitting a point — a tie.

Davies' Team Europe record was broken in the 2017 Solheim Cup by a golfer who originally wasn't on the player roster. Matthew was named to Team Europe as a non-playing assistant captain. But when a back injury forced Suzann Pettersen to withdraw, Matthew stepped into the playing lineup. All she did then was go 3-1-0, the best record among any of the golfers on the list above.

See also: List of youngest Solheim Cup players

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