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Solheim Cup Update - Players fighting for Remaining Spots

With the Solheim Cup just about 2 months away, I think it's a good time to look at what players are a lock to be playing, and which players are fighting for spots.

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Qualifying for Entry:  (Europe)
1- A player must finish in the top 4 on the LET Solheim points list.
2- The top 4 players from the Rolex Rankings that have not already qualified.
3- Four captain's picks.

Here are the top 4 Solheim Cup point leaders as of today:
1- Georgia Hall
2- Florentyna Parker
3- Mel Reid
4- Anna Nordqvist

Here are the 4 highest Rolex Ranked players, that wouldn't have already qualified:
1- Suzann Pettersen
2- Charley Hull
3- Carlota Ciganda
4- Karine Icher

The event is played over three days. Since 2002, they play 28 matches - eight foursomes, eight four balls, and twelve singles matches.

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The USA will be trying to defend the Solheim Cup title they won in 2015, when they recorded the biggest comeback ever. 

Qualifying for Entry:  (USA)
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- Two 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.

Here are the top 8 Solheim Cup point leaders as of today:
1- Lexi Thompson - 552 points
2- Stacy Lewis - 386.5
3- Gerina Piller - 350.5
4- Cristie Kerr - 338.5
5- Jessica Korda - 299
6- Brittany Lang - 247
7- Angela Stanford - 211
8- Austin Ernst - 210.5
The above 8 players would make the USA team on points if it were held today. 

9- Brittany Lincicome -192 
10- Michelle Wie - 184
11- Danielle Kang - 180
12- Mo Martin - 178
13- Lizette Salas - 144.5
14- Jennifer Song - 135
15- Marina Alex - 128.5
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:
Mo Martin - #35 in Rolex Rankings
Brittany Lincicome - #36 in Rolex Rankings
The above 2 players would make the team via their position on the Rolex Rankings.

Danielle Kang - #41
Michelle Wie - #51
Lizette Salas - #52
Alison Lee - #55
Jennifer Song - #63
Angel Yin - #66
Beth Allen - #73
Jacqui Concolino - #74
Marina Alex - #75
Ryann O'Toole - #83
The above 10 players would fail to qualify via the Rolex Rankings.

With approximately 8 weeks still to go before the teams are finalized, their is still plenty of time for some of those players who are not currently qualified to either make the team, or impress Captain Juli Inkster enough to use one of her 2 picks on them.

Of the previous 14 matches, the USA has won nine, and Europe has won five. 

This Week's Trivia Question: (for those who missed it earlier this week)

Who holds the all time record for official prize money won in one season?

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

Be sure to check back here daily for any LPGA news or updates. They will be posted here at the bottom of this blog.  Links to all Women's Tour scoreboards 
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  1. Very timely post, was just starting to wonder when the Solheim watch for the US would start.
    Great trivia question. I knew the answer well as 2007 was the year of my first LPGA event, which Lorena won before my eyes, the week following another win at a quaint club called St. Andrews.


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