1. Sports

Discuss in my forum

Brent Kelley

Checking In On the 2013 Solheim Cup Teams

By March 27, 2013

Follow me on:

We're five tournaments into the 2013 LPGA schedule, with the season's first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, coming next week. The 2013 Solheim Cup is roughly five months away. What do we see if we take a look at the Solheim Cup standings right now?

We see that several big-name Americans probably aren't going to make the team. Team USA awards 10 spots via the points list, with two captain's picks. Here are the Top 10 in the USA point standings right now:

1. Stacy Lewis, 696
2. Cristie Kerr, 322
3. Paula Creamer, 313
4. Angela Stanford, 262
5. Brittany Lincicome, 215
6. Lexi Thompson, 168
7. Brittany Lang, 154
8. Jessica Korda, 136
9. Lizette Salas, 130
10. Gerina Piller, 105

I believe players 1-9 are locks to make the team (whether by points or captains' picks). And if so, it will be cool to see fresh young players like Korda and Salas in the competition.

But who's missing? Michelle Wie. Morgan Pressel. Juli Inkster. Those are the big names, but also Nicole Castrale and Natalie Gulbis. Vicky Hurst, a member of the 2011 team, is languishing in 13th place (93); another 2011 member, Ryann O'Toole, barely makes the list (37th place, 5 points).

Inkster has said she hopes she doesn't make the team. She's 52, coming back from injuries, in 22nd place with 41 points.

Wie and Pressel have done nothing this year to make one thing they will be moving up in points - but both are so talented that they might have that one big week that produces big points. Wie, however, has missed four of five cuts; Pressel, also coming back from injuries, has made the cut in two of her four starts, and did finish 10th at the HSBC Champions.

What about Team Europe's current standings? Beatriz Recari is the big mover, coming off her win in the Kia Classic. Here are the players who currently hold the automatic qualifying positions for Europe:

1. Carlota Ciganda
2. Suzann Pettersen
3. Caroline Masson
4. Pernilla Lindberg
5. Catriona Matthew
6. Azahara Munoz
7. Beatriz Recari
8. Anna Nordqvist

Some great, fresh names in that mix, too. The LET awards the first four spots via its own points list, then the next four spots go to the highest remaining players in the world rankings. The European captain gets four selections to fill out the team.

Caroline Hedwall is a player who could make a move via the LET points list or the world rankings; Sandra Gal is in good position, too, via the world rankings, to move into the top eight.

See also:
The 2013 Solheim Cup takes place Aug. 16-18 at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo.


No comments yet. Leave a Comment

Leave a Comment

Line and paragraph breaks are automatic. Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title="">, <b>, <i>, <strike>
  1. About.com
  2. Sports
  3. Golf

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.