The countdown is on... to The Solheim Cup

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Cristie Kerr (L) and Morgan Pressel of the USA celebrate during the afternoon fourballs on day two of the 2011 Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle Golf Club on September 24, 2011 in Dunshaughlin, County Meath, Ireland.

U.S. Solheim Cup Points List
Rank  Name  Points
 Stacy Lewis  783.50
 Cristie Kerr  435.00
 Paula Creamer  406.50
 Angela Stanford  297.00
 Brittany Lincicome  215.00
 Lexi Thompson  205.50
 Jessica Korda  190.50
 Lizette Salas  168.00
9  Brittany Lang  167.50
10  Jennifer Johnson  153.50
11  Gerina Piller  124.50
12  Katie Futcher  116.50
13  Morgan Pressel  101.50
14  Vicky Hurst  100.50
15  Nicole Castrale  98.00

The 2013 Solheim Cup is now just a little over 2 ½ months away and the focus of nearly every American and European player who has a chance of making their respective teams is starting to turn to the special biennial event.

On Thursday afternoon, a few of those potential Solheim Cup players gathered for a press conference at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club to talk about heading to Colorado Golf Club just outside Denver, Colo. on Aug. 16-18 for the 13th playing of The Solheim Cup.

Stacy Lewis, who is currently leading the U.S. points list, and six-time European Solheim Cup Team member Suzann Pettersen were joined in the presser by potential Solheim Cup rookies – Lizette Salas, who is eighth in points for the U.S. team, and Beatriz Recari, who is in the mix to earn a spot on Team Europe via her Rolex Ranking.

Pettersen was asked to describe what The Solheim Cup experience means to the players.

“I remember having a conversation with Laura Davies probably quite a few years back now, probably in mid 2004, 2005,” Pettersen said. “As much as Laura has been through in her career and as many tournaments as she's won around the world, she said, ‘knowing what the Solheim is, having experienced it so many times, something would definitely have been missing in my career had it not been for the Solheim.’”

Lewis reiterated the adrenaline and emotion that comes with playing in a Solheim Cup, stating that every hole felt like the 18th hole when you’re leading a tournament. The last Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle in Ireland was Lewis’ first experience with the event but she hopes to carry the lessons she learned there into this year’s Solheim Cup in Denver.

“There's a lot of pressure there, and I think for me I learned a lot about myself,” Lewis said. “There was good and bad that came out of Ireland.  And there's things I didn't handle well and there's things I would like to have changed, but you have to learn from that.  And I think when the pressure is on, you get to experience that and learn a lot about yourself.”

Topics: Solheim Cup

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