Qualifications For Entry:
1- A player must finish in the top 8 on the Solheim Cup points list.
2- The top 2 players in the Rolex Rankings that have not already qualified.
3- There will be 2 captain's picks.
Points are accumulated the following way:
(From the first event after the previous Solheim Cup match in 2013 through the end of the 2014 season)
Winner - 40 points, 2nd - 20 points, 3rd - 18 points, 4th - 17 points, all the way down to 20th - 2 points.
(The 2015 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. Points are doubled for major championships.
Here are the top 8 Solheim Cup point leaders as of today:
1- Stacy Lewis - 897
2- Lexi Thompson - 600.5
3- Michelle Wie - 430.5
4- Cristie Kerr - 409.5
5- Brittany Lincicome - 409
6- Morgan Pressel - 329.5
7- Angela Stanford - 305.5
8- Gerina Piller - 288.5
The above 8 players would make the team on points if it was held today. It is worth noting that all of the above players were on the 2013 team.
9- Jessica Korda - 259
10- Paula Creamer - 253.5
11- Lizette Salas - 228.5
12- Brittany Lang - 204
13- Mo Martin - 173
14- Austin Ernst - 161.5
15- Christina Kim - 132
The above 7 players would fail to qualify via the points system.
Here are the highest Rolex Ranked players, that wouldn't have already qualified:
Jessica Korda - #25 in current Rolex Rankings
Paula Creamer - #33
The above 2 players would make the team via the Rolex Rankings.
It is also worth noting that both of these players were also on the 2013 team.
Lizette Salas - #35
Mo Martin - #40
Brittany Lang #48
Alison Lee - #57
Christina Kim - #60
Austin Ernst #64
The above 6 players would fail to qualify via the Rolex Rankings.
Once again it is interesting to point out that all 10 players that would qualify as of today, were on the 2013 team. Brittany Lang and Lizette Salas, the other 2 members of the 2013 team, do not qualify at this point.
It then comes down to the 2 captain's picks. Assuming Paula Creamer holds on to her spot (she would be an obvious captain's pick, because of her past history in the event if she doesn't), who does Captain Juli Inkster pick?
Mo Martin - British Open Champion, keeps it in the fairway but doesn't have much length.
Christina Kim - Do her antics actually help or hurt the team?
Brittany Lang - Longtime Solheim team member with moderate success.
Lizette Salas - Member of 2013 team, but like most of these choices, hasn't played well this year.
Austin Ernst - Shows flashes of what she is capable of, but has not shown she can play well consistently.
Alison Lee - Rising Star
Or will it be someone who might come from way back in the pack, like Kim Kaufman or Jennifer Johnson?
With the United States team losing the last 2 cups (getting trounced last year), I think a couple of new players are needed. There is still time for someone to make a run, but my picks at this point would be Alison Lee and Mo Martin. Mo has shown that she can handle big time pressure, and rookie Alison Lee is the brightest young American star.
Stay tuned as this will heat up during the coming weeks.
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