GERMAN golf, still on a high after Martin Kaymer’s putt retained the Ryder Cup at Medinah a month ago, has been handed another boost following the announcement that the 2015 Solheim Cup will be held at St Leon-Rot, near Heidelberg.
It will be only the third time the biennial match has been held outside Britain or Ireland on this side of the Atlantic, with Sweden having the honour on the two previous occasions – Barsebäck in 2003 and Halmstad four years later.
Tiger Woods won the Deutche Bank SAP Open three times at St Leon Rot, which has also been the long-standing home of the prestigious Allianz German Junior Open.
“We are delighted to be taking The 2015 Solheim Cup to Germany and to Golf Club St Leon-Rot who have such a strong international reputation for both hosting major international tournaments but also for developing the most talented juniors in Germany,” said Alexandra Armas, executive dfirector of the Ladies European Tour. “The Ladies European Tour looks forward to working with all parties involved in the project to make the event a success.”
In addition to the Deutsche Golf Federation, the event has already gained the support of two high-profile partners, global brands Allianz and SAP.
“The Solheim family is thrilled with the selection of the Golf Club St Leon-Rot as the site for the 2015 Solheim Cup,” said John A Solheim, chairman and CEO of Ping, the event’s main sponsor.
“It is a wonderful golf facility that will provide a difficult test for the professionals and juniors. I know the team at the club will provide everyone with an exceptional experience.
“It is also very special to welcome two new partners in Allianz and SAP for the event. Their worldwide reputations certainly add a great deal to the Solheim Cup.”
Having won a dramatic encounter at Killeen Castle in Ireland in 2011, Europe will be defending the trophy when next year’s match is held at Colorado Golf Club in the middle of August.
Catriona Matthew, the Scottish No 1, will be aiming to make her seventh appearance in the event then and is showing no signs of slowing down, so she could still be in the reckoning in 2015 as well.
One player determined to be on the European team at St Leon Rot is German Sandra Gal, another member of the victorious team last time around.
“I can’t wait for Germany to host the 2015 Solheim Cup,” she said. “It will be a fantastic experience for our golf in Germany and its upcoming talents to witness the excitement of such a prestigious event like the Solheim Cup. I am sure my home country will be a great host.”