Points are accumulated the following way:
(From the first event after the previous Solheim Cup match in 2011 through the end of the 2012 season)
Winner - 40 points, 2nd - 20 points, 3rd - 18 points, 4th - 17 points, all the way down to 20th - 2 points.
(The 2013 season tournaments, leading up to the Solheim match)
Winner - 60 points, 2nd - 30 points, 3rd - 28.5 points, 4th - 27 points, 5th - 25.5 points, all the way down to a 20th place finish worth 3 points.
The reason for the increased points for the last part of the term is to give an advantage to the players who are hot going into the match.
With many players fighting to get into a position to make the team, let us look at where we stand as of today.
Here are the top 8 Solheim Cup point leaders right now:
1- Stacy Lewis - 696 points (current Rolex Ranking #1)
2- Paula Creamer - 340 points (current RR #10)
3- Cristie Kerr - 331 points (current RR #12)
4- Angela Stanford - 271 points (current RR #18)
5- Brittany Lincicome - 215 points (current RR #21)
6- Lexi Thompson - 168 points (current RR #23)
7- Brittany Lang - 154 points (current RR #33)
8- Jessica Korda - 136 points (current RR #44)
The above 8 players would make the team if the tournament was held today.
9- Lizzette Salas - 130 points (current RR #37)
10- Gerina Piller - 105 points (current RR #61)
11- Katie Futcher - 97 points (current RR #98)
12- Nicole Castrale - 95 points (current RR #75)
13- Michelle Wie - 93 points (current RR #88)
14- Vicki Hurst - 93 points (current RR #81)
15- Morgan Pressel - 88 points (current RR #54)
The above 7 players would have failed to qualify via the point system.
Here are the highest Rolex Ranked players that would not have already qualified:
1- Lizette Salas (37)
2- Morgan Pressel (54)
The above 2 players would make the team Via the Rolex Rankings.
3- Gerina Piller (61)
4- Danielle Kang (62)
5- Nicole Castrale (75)
6- Jennifer Johnson (76)
7- Mina Harigae (78)
8- Vicky Hurst (81)
9- Michelle Wie (88)
10- Natalie Gulbis (95)
The above 8 players would have failed to make the team via The Rolex Rankings.
The ten players above, highlighted in red, would all be playing if the Solheim Cup was held today.
That is a very different different look from the 2011 team. Thompson, Korda, and Salas would be Solheim Cup rookies. Julie Inkster, Vicki Hurst, Michelle Wie, Christina Kim, and Ryann O'Toole, who were on the 2011 team, would not qualify.
Now is where it gets even more interesting. Captain Meg Mallon, will have to choose 2 players to add to the team. Here is my opinion on what she should do.
1- Pick Gerina Piller. This is a no-brainer, Gerina already has two top 10, and 4 top 25 finishes in her 6 starts this year. Her massive length off the tee would serve the U.S. well.
2- The second pick is more difficult as there is no clear cut choice. Do you go with youth or experience?
Assuming that Piller is picked that would be 4 newcomers already on the team. So what? I am going to go out on a limb here and pick Danielle Kang as my second pick. She does have a top 5 and 2 top twenties this year. I know her results are still a little inconsistent, but at 20 years old she may be the breath of fresh air the U.S. team needs after being defeated in 2011.
To sum this up: Gone would be Vicki Hurst, Christina Kim, Julie Inkster, Ryann O'Toole, and Michelle Wie.
Replaced by Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, Lizette Salas, Gerina Piller, and Danielle Kang.
I sure like that 2013 team better than the team the U.S. fielded in 2011. What do you think?
It is said that, "Driving is for show, and putting is for dough." Never is that more evident than when looking at Inbee Park's statistics for this season. Inbee is ranked 82nd in driving distance and 71st in driving accuracy.
She is #1 in putts per greens in regulation, and second on the money list.
Hard to Believe Stat of the Week:
Paula Creamer has played 20 rounds of golf so far this year. She has shot in the sixties in 11 of them. That is 55%, and leads the entire tour.
Rolex Movers of the Week:
Inbee Park moves from #4 to #2. So Yeon Ryu jumps from #9 to #5. Caroline Hedwall leaps from #39 to #28, and Jodi Ewart Shadoff rockets from #112 to #74. Going in the opposite direction, Shanshan Feng falls from #5 to #8, and Ai Miyazato (who failed for the 32nd time to win her first major), tumbles from #6 to #9.
Julia Sergas has finished T4, T9, and T7, in her last 3 tournaments.
Karrie Webb has 2 consecutive top tens, and four consecutive top twenties.
Paula Creamer has 4 consecutive top 20 finishes.
Catriona Matthew is the only player to finish in the top 25 in every tournament this year.
Brittany Lang's best finish this year is a T37. She has already missed 3 cuts.
Mika Miyazato has yet to finish better than T33 so far this year.
M.J. Hur has missed her last 3 cuts, her best finish is a T38.
Jennie Lee has made only one cut this year, and that was a T66.
Mindy Kim hasn't made a cut yet this season, missing all 4 she has played in.