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Solheim Cup Update - Players Fighting For Remaining Spots

With the Solheim Cup Just 2 1/2 months away, I think that it is a good time to look at what players from Team USA are a lock to be playing, and which players are fighting for the remaining spots.

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2019 Solheim Cup Captains Juli Inkster and Catriana Matthew

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


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Team USA successfully defended their title in 2017.

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 2017 through the end of the 2018 season)
Winner - 40 points, 2nd - 20 points, 3rd - 18 points, 4th - 17 points, all the way down to 20th - 2 points.
(The 2019 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 - 517 points
2- Nelly Korda - 477.50
3- Danielle Kang - 450.50
4- Jessica Korda - 368.50
5- Lizette Salas - 304
6- Megan Kang - 255.50
7- Marina Alex - 250
8- Cristie Kerr - 224.50
The above 8 players would make the team via the point system.

 9-  Angel Yin - 217
10- Brittany Altomare - 215.50
11- Ally McDonald - 207
12- Austin Ernst - 187
13- Amy Olson - 178
14- Stacy Lewis - 176.5
The above 6 players would fail to qualify via the points system.

Here are the highest Rolex Ranked players, that wouldn't have already qualified:
1- Angel Yin - No. 31 
2- Austin Ernst - No. 39
The above 2 players would make the team via their position on the Rolex Rankings.

3- Annie Park - No. 41
4- Angela Stanford - No. 42
5- Brittany Altomare - No. 43
6- Amy Olson - No. 44
7- Brittany Lincicome - No. 45 (out on maternity leave)
8- **Kristen Gillman - No. 65
9- Ally McDonald - No. 67
The above 7 players would fail to qualify via the Rolex Rankings.

** Kristen Gillman is a rookie and has only had half a season to accumulate points, while all the other players listed above will have had two years. As a two time U.S. Women's Amateur Champion, she surely has had success with the match play format. With her stellar performance so far this year, she definitely deserves consideration.


With approximately 10 weeks still to go before the teams are finalized, there 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 15 matches, the USA has won ten (including the last two), and Europe has won five.

This Week's Trivia Question:

Who is the only American player to win this week's Walmart NW Arkansas Championship?



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