Solheim CupAs we eagerly await the 25th of this month to learn the names of the four women golfers whom Carin Koch will name as her captain’s picks for next month’s contest at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany, the excitement surrounding the event has been further increased by news that last year's Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles could host the 2019 contest after a bid was submitted to bring the tournament back to Scotland.

It is 15 years since the match play event between Europe and United States, often talked about as the women’s equivalent of The Ryder Cup, was last held in Scotland, when Scots golfer Dale Reid captained Europe to a 14½-11½ victory at the Loch Lomond Golf Club.

Bernard Murphy, managing director at Gleneagles, commented: "We would be truly honoured to welcome the Solheim Cup to Gleneagles."

GleneaglesScotland's top female golfer Catriona Matthew who has played in seven Solheim Cups described the tournament as "a special event, which is growing in profile and stature." She added, "I have no doubt that a Solheim Cup in 2019 at Gleneagles would be the biggest and best yet and further help to enhance the stature of the event and women's golf as a whole. Golf in Scotland is a national past-time and the Scottish crowds would come out to support The Solheim Cup in droves. Equally, both players and media love coming to golf events in Scotland. It is the Home of Golf and there is always that something extra every time you tee it up in a competition here."