The Solheim Cup is more than three months away, but already the race to make the European team has been spirited on the LPGA.
Take a glance at what has transpired thus far this season:
- After nine events, there have been two European winners – Spain’s Beatriz Recari at the Kia Classic and Norway’s Suzann Petterssen at the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii.
- At least one European player has finished in the top 10 every week, with multiple top-10 finishers in six tournaments, including five at the season’s first major championship, the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
- The top-10s have been recorded by 11 different players, including Recari, Petterssen, Spain’s Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz, France’s Gwladys Nocera, Giulia Sergas and Karine Icher, Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall and Anna Nordqvist and Germany’s Sandra Gal.
- The last five tournaments have seen a win (Recari), a T3 (Petterssen and Caroline Hedwall), a win (Petterssen), a second (Ciganda) and a second in a playoff (Petterssen).
- Petterssen is the LPGA’s hottest player, with finishes of T3, 1, third and second in a playoff over the last month. She is riding a streak of 14 consecutive rounds below par.
- Recari has played in 61 consecutive LPGA tournaments, dating back to the 2010 Lorena Ochoa Invitational. She has not missed a cut in 42 straight LPGA tournaments, going back to the September 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic.
The Europeans’ big focus is making their Solheim Cup team for the Aug. 13-18 event at the Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo.
“It’s a huge goal for me,” Germany’s Caroline Masson said during the North Texas LPGA Shootout where she led before finishing T15. “I like team sports and I’m a team player, and I played in the Junior Solheim Cup twice. So playing the Solheim Cup was always a dream and it would be awesome.
“That's my goal for this year. But I just want to stay concentrated every week, play well every week, and I think the Solheim might come as a result really.”
The European team is determined by the top four players on the Ladies European Tour in Solheim Cup points (currently Petterssen, Ciganda, Hedwall and Masson), the top four from the Rolex Women’s World Rankings (currently Matthew, Munoz, Icher and Recari) and four Captain’s Picks.
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