The Gleneagles bid saw off competition from Sweden.

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Scotland to host 2019 Solheim Cup

Scotland will host the 2019 Solheim Cup, with Gleneagles confirmed as the venue.

The bid had been submitted earlier this year along with nine other countries, including Sweden, Portugal, Wales and Norway.

Sweden were Scotland’s closest competitors with their bid to host the tournament at The Bro Hof Slott GC, but Ivan Khodabakhsh, the Chief Executive of the Ladies European Tour, confirmed that the 16th edition of the tournament would be in Scotland.

“It was an extremely close decision and our heartfelt thanks go to our friends from Sweden for their hugely impressive bid,” he said.

“The competitive nature of the bidding process for the 2019 event is testimony to the growth in interest in women’s professional golf and women’s sport in general.”

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland MSP, believes the tournament has the potential to inspire a new generation of golfers.

“This is tremendous news, not only for golf tourism and events in Scotland but for Scotland as a whole,” she said.

“It will help cement Scotland’s reputation as the home of golf and the perfect stage for major golf events and help inspire a new generation of children to take up game invented in their home country,” she added.

John A. Solheim, PING Chairman and CEO, said: “Gleneagles is certainly one of the great venues in golf and will provide a wonderful experience for all.”

The 2017 tournament will see the European team travel to the Des Moines CC in Iowa.

The United States won this year’s controversial edition of the tournament at St Leon-Rot GC in Germany.

Brittany Lincicome celebrates at the 2015 Solheim Cup. Credit: Stuart Franklin (Getty)

Brittany Lincicome celebrates at the 2015 Solheim Cup. Credit: Stuart Franklin (Getty)

 

Suzann Pettersen issued an apology after the tournament for not conceding a putt to Alison Lee during their fourball match. The incident sparked outrage from American captain Juli Inkster, who labelled Pettersen’s actions “disrespectful.”

The visitors trailed 10-6 heading into the singles, but Inskter’s side won eight of their final day matches to win the cup 14.5 to 13.5.