Solheim Cup – Team Europe Player Breakdowns

Solheim Cup – Team Europe Player Breakdowns

16 September 2023

Ahead of the Solheim Cup we have broken down the stats of three Team Europe players as well as three from Team USA

The Europeans will be looking to successfully retain the Cup, this time with a home crowd advantage, after winning it on American soil in 2021 at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

Three players we believe will be ones to watch for the home side are Celine Boutier, Charley Hull, and Linn Grant. 

Celine Boutier, currently ranked 3rd in the Rolex Rankings and in fine form of late, will be looking to make her mark in Spain with back to back wins in August. 

Boutier has played a lot of golf this season and scored well throughout, of the 65 rounds played almost half have been under par. Ranked 10th in scoring average and with 19 rounds in the 60s it is clear to see that Celine has been consistently good this season.

With all three of her victories on Tour coming this season, it has been a great year for Celine and she will be looking to round this off with Solheim success. 

Looking at the stats, off the tee Boutier ranks 93rd in length and 29th in accuracy, placing her inside the Top 100 on Tour. She does not make her score with tee shots but rather with her approach play, hitting 72% of greens in regulation.

Once on the green, Boutier averages 29.65 putts per round, placing her inside the Top 40 on Tour. As we see most weekends watching the PGA Tour or LPGA, the person with the hottest putter typically scores well.

Charley Hull is our next one to watch, known for her putting prowess.

Currently ranked 7th in putting, Hull averages 29.05 putts per round which is incredible when you compare that to the average golfer who has almost 32. 

Charley’s incredible putting stats are not down to her approach play, ranking 82nd in GIR%. Likewise off the tee she can be a bit wayward, currently ranked 125th in driving accuracy and 37th in driving distance. 

In a match play format, a player like Hull can be infuriating to play against as she scrambles around the course and makes putts to win or half a hole. 

Ranked 9th in the Rolex Rankings and off the back of a strong performance at the AIG Women’s Open where Team USA member Lillia Vu claimed the title, Hull will be looking for revenge. 

With four runner up finishes this year, Charley has played some seriously impressive golf, her most recent at the Kroger Queen City Championship.

Of the 44 rounds Charley has played, 28 have been under par and of those rounds, 17 have been in the 60s. Hull knows what it takes to go low and if Europe needs someone to make a putt, she could be that player.

Linn Grant, the Swiss army knife in Team Europe’s arsenal of players

Currently ranked 19th in the Rolex Rankings and with her maiden Tour victory coming earlier in the year, Grant will be looking to add to her trophy cabinet.

Linn is consistent across her game, ranked 24th in driving distance and 65th in driving accuracy, she is one of the longer players on Tour but loses out sometimes in terms of accuracy. Similar to Charley in that sense, however she does not have the same putting precision as Hull.

However, Grant excels in her GIR%, she ranks 5th on Tour in this area and as we know from our previous posts, hitting greens saves strokes. This could also be why her scoring average is one of the best on Tour.

Ranked 6th on the LPGA Tour in scoring average, Grant is one of the best on Tour and from her 42 rounds played, 21 have been under par and of those, 15 have been in the 60s. With seven Top 10s, three of which this season, Grant is in a great place ahead of the Solheim Cup.

Will the Europeans successfully defend the Solheim at home when we head to Finca Cortesin? 

Last year went down to the wire with a 15-13 win, Team USA will be looking for an away win – something they have achieved only three times.

Once the excitement ends at Finca Cortesin, we head to Rome where Team USA takes on Team Europe for the Ryder Cup.

The Solheim kicks off on the 18th of September and we cannot wait!

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