By Duncan Mackay

Golf Course_St._Leon-Rot_viewOctober 29 - Germany will host the 2015 Solheim Cup match between Europe and America, it has been announced.

Golf Course St. Leon-Rot, which is located near Heidelberg in south-west Germany, about an hour's drive from Frankfurt, will be the venue for the match after it beat rival bids from the Czech Republic, England and Spain.

The course has previously played host to the Deutsche Bank SAP Open - a now defunct European Tour event won three times by Tiger Woods between 1999 and 2002. 

The 36-hole complex also is a main training venue for Germany's national programme.

It will be the first time the event has been held on German soil, with Sweden on two occasions the only other country to stage the event outside of the United Kingdom or America.

Europe currently hold the trophy after their dramatic comeback victory at Killeen Castle in Ireland last year.

Europe celebrate_Solheim_Cup_victory_2011Spain's Azahara Munoz leads the celebrations as Europe lifts the trophy following her team's victory in the 2011 Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle Golf Club.

The event is set to have added significance as it will be only a year before women's golf is due to make its return to the Olympic programme at Rio 2016, 116 years after its last appearance at Paris in 1900.

"We are delighted to be taking The 2015 Solheim Cup to Germany and to Golf Club St. Leon-Rot who have such a strong international reputation," said Alexandra Armas, executive director of the Ladies European Tour.

The German bid was undoubtedly helped by the support of German business giants Allianz and SAP, who have signed up as the first two sponsors for the event. 

Dietmar Hopp, the co-founder of SAP, a German multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations, is the President of Golf Club St. Leon-Rot.

"The Ladies European Tour looks forward to working with all parties involved in the project to make the event a great success including the Deutsche Golf Federation and welcoming global brands Allianz and SAP to the family of international partners which is a great endorsement of the profile of the event," said Armas.

German player Sandra Gal, a member of the victorious 2011 European side, added: "I can't wait for Germany to host the 2015 Solheim Cup.

"It will be a fantastic experience for our golf in Germany and its upcoming talents to witness the excitement of such a prestigious event like the Solheim Cup.

"I am sure my home country will be a great host."

Dates for the 2015 event have not yet been set.

Next year's Solheim Cup is due to be played next August 16-18 at Colorado Golf Club outside Denver.

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