In a move that surprised no one, LPGA Hall of Fame member Juli Inkster was named captain of the 2019 U.S. Solheim Cup team.
The 31-time LPGA Tour winner is the first three-time U.S. captain in the biennial team event’s history.
Following back-to-back victories in 2015 and 2017, Inkster’s U.S. team will be seeking a three-peat at the world-famous PGA Centenary Course at The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, from Sept. 13-15, 2019.
“This is an unbelievable honor and one I do not take lightly,” said Inkster, a winner of seven majors. “I’m so stoked to be able to take the U.S. Team to Scotland, the home of golf, to compete in the 2019 Solheim Cup. We can’t wait to get started.”
In 2017, Inkster became the first two-time U.S. Solheim Cup captain since Patty Sheehan was at the helm in 2002 and 2003. With Team USA’s 16.5-11.5 victory, she joined Judy Rankin as the only captains in Solheim Cup history (Team USA or Team Europe) with a 2-0-0 record.
“Juli being the U.S. Solheim Cup captain for a third time is certainly historic, but almost everything about Juli’s career is historic,” LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan said. “She has set the standard on the LPGA Tour in so many ways, and now she’ll do the same for the U.S. Solheim Cup Team. Under Juli’s unique style of leadership, the U.S. Team is relaxed, cohesive and incredibly successful. Maintaining this highly successful formula, and continuing Team USA’s momentum, was the first priority among the U.S. Solheim Cup Committee.”
Inkster is expected to keep her 2015 and 2017 assistant captains intact: Pat Hurst, Wendy Ward and Nancy Lopez.