LPGA awards 2017 Solheim Cup to Des Moines

Members of the European team hold Captain Liselotte Neumann on their shoulders as they celebrate defeating the United States 18-10 in the 2013 Solheim Cup.

Members of the European team hold Captain Liselotte Neumann on their shoulders as they celebrate defeating the United States 18-10 in the 2013 Solheim Cup.

Des Moines Golf and Country Club was awarded the 2017 Solheim Cup, the LPGA announced Sept. 23.

Golfweek first reported the expected move in its Aug. 23 issue, citing sources.

Iowa has the potential to be a tremendous fit for the LPGA. The 1999 U.S. Senior Open attracted a tournament-record 200,000-plus fans to Des Moines G&CC.

The 2017 Solheim Cup will be the 15th staging – and fifth in the Midwest – of the biennial matchup of female professionals from the U.S. and Europe. Des Moines will be the second Pete Dye-designed track to host a Solheim Cup, after 2005 site Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind.

Tournament officials also announced DuPont as a third global sponsor in 2017, joining Ping and Rolex.

“The support that the Des Moines community has shown for golf events in the area has been tremendous,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said. “Based on the incredible welcome that we’ve already seen from the city, state and local organizers, I have no doubt that the 2017 Solheim Cup is already on track to be the best event we’ve ever staged.”

Because Des Moines is a 36-hole facility, the Ping Junior Solheim will be held at the same complex as the Solheim Cup for the first time.

The 2015 Solheim Cup will be played in Germany, at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club.

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