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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (ESPN)-- The LPGA's biggest tournament is coming to Iowa as the 2017 Solheim Cup will be played at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club, it was announced Monday.
The biennial contest between teams of European and American golfers was held in Colorado last month with Europe winning 18-10.
The Solheim Cup, which features 12 golfers on each team in a match-play format, will be in Germany in 2015 before going to Iowa.
LPGA commissioner Michael Whan said that Iowa's history of supporting major golf events -- most notably the 250,000 fans the course drew for the U.S. Senior Open Championship in 1999 -- played a key role in its selection.
"I believe in 2017, we're going to blow the standard out of the water of what a Solheim Cup should be," Whan said. "That's going to come from a course. That's going to come from a city. That's going to come from a state. Most importantly, that's going to come from a people that respect the game and respect the country."
The Solheim Cup will be arguably the most prestigious golf tournament ever held in central Iowa.
In addition to the U.S. Senior Open Championship in 1999, Metro Des Moines has hosted a Champions Tour event, the Principal Charity Classic, since 2001.