Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Solheim Cup Update - U.S. Players Fighting For Remaining Spots

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With the LPGA taking a two week break before heading to Australia and Asia, I don't think it is too early to take a look at the United States players who are fighting to gain a spot on the 2017 Solheim Cup team.

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The United States will be trying to defend their Solheim Cup title they won two years ago with a record breaking comeback.

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 2015 through the end of the 2016 season)
Winner - 40 points, 2nd - 20 points, 3rd - 18 points, 4th - 17 points, all the way down to 20th - 2 points.
(The 2017 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.

With many players fighting to get into a position to make the team, let's look at where they stand.

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Captain Juli Inkster is surrounded by a very jubilant USA team

Here are the top 8 Solheim Cup point leaders as of today:
1- Lexi Thompson - 381 points
2- Stacy Lewis - 305.5
3- Gerina Piller - 286
4- Brittany Lang - 211
5- Jessica Korda - 173
6- Angela Stanford - 148
7- Brittany Lincicome - 147
8- Cristie Kerr - 145
The above 8 players would make the team on points.

9- Mo Martin - 139
10- Austin Ernst - 135
11- Alison Lee - 124
12- Danielle Kang - 99
13- Jennifer Song - 95
12- Ryann O'Toole - 90
13- Kim Kaufman - 88
14- Megan Khang - 81
14- Christina Kim - 81
16- Paula Creamer - 78
17- Sydnee Michaels - 75
The above 11 players would fail to qualify via the points sysyem.

Here are the highest Rolex Ranked players, that wouldn't have already qualified:
1- Mo Martin - #31 in current Rolex Rankings
2- Alison Lee - #36
The above 2 players would make the team via the Rolex Rankings

3- Beth Allen - #57
4- Morgan Pressel - #60
5- Jennifer Song #66
6- Danielle Kang #67
7- Lizette Salas #68
8- Megan Khang #69
9- Austin Ernst #77
10- Ryann O'Toole #82
11- Kim Kaufman #85
12- Paula Creamer #87
The above 10 players would fail to qualify via the Rolex Rankings.

This Week's Trivia Question: (In case you missed it earlier in the week)

What former Rolex Rankings #1 player in the world, has never won a major championship (she is 0 for 46). 

For answer to this week's trivia question press here.

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  1. Hey Tony!
    Always enjoy your columns. You seem to spend a fair amount of time and effort in providing fun and accurate info on the LPGA. That said, your Solheim rankings are different than the ones on the LPGA stats page. Your numbers seem to make more sense, especially because their list doesn't include a few players including Cristie Kerr and Christina Kim. Any thoughts?

    1. The LPGA.com numbers are incorrect. I let them know and they gave me the correct ones. The numbers posted here are accurate.

    2. Nice. That' why I come here for my LPGA info. Thanks for the accurate reporting.

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