Fans enjoy back-to-back Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup. But US women’s captain sees ‘missed opportunity’

Golf fans have a unique opportunity to watch the two greatest team events in the sport being played in back-to-back weeks, with the Solheim Cup in Spain being followed by next weekend’s Ryder Cup in Italy.

And while many fans were planning trips to attend both, some prominent figures in women’s golf felt the Solheim Cup could have done a better job of feeding off the popularity of the men’s Ryder Cup.

“I thought this could have been marketed together as two weeks in Europe, two Cups for play,” said Stacy Lewis, captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team. “I think it was a missed opportunity for the sport of golf. I wish that people could get the sponsorship things out of their head and let’s figure out how we can work together because this may not ever happen again of the two Cups being in the same year. So I thought it was a massive missed opportunity.”

It is the first time both events are being played in back-to-back weeks. The Ryder Cup was played on even-numbered years from 2002 until the 2020 edition was postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.