With two weeks remaining in the points race, Jennifer Johnson, Beatriz Recari and Jodi Ewart Shadoff are getting closer to debuts on the Solheim Cup teams.
Johnson, a first-time LPGA winner earlier this year, moved to 51st this week in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, one spot ahead of Morgan Pressel, after a T7 at the Marathon Classic. The top eight players in LPGA Solheim Cup points make the American team, two spots are reserved for the top players in the Rolex Rankings who are not already qualified via Solheim Cup points and the final two spots are determined by U.S. Captain Meg Mallon.
The European side could include three Spaniards. Recari virtually secured a spot with last week’s victory in the Marathon Classic as she moved up eight spots to No. 18 in the world. Spain’s Carlota Ciganda is already on the team and Azahara Munoz could make it with her Rolex ranking.
England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff is flying up the list after finishing T4 at the U.S. Women’s Open and a career-best T3 last week at the Marathon. She moved up 14 spots to No. 46 in the Rolex Rankings this week and needs a good performance at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
The European team is composed of the top four in Ladies European Tour Solheim Cup points, the top four in the Rolex Rankings who don’t qualify via the Solheim Cup points and four players chosen by Captain Liselotte Neumann.
There will be one tournament scheduled with Solheim Cup points this week – the ISPS Handa European Ladies Masters in England on the Ladies European Tour. European team contenders Gwladys Nocera, Caroline Masson and Sandra Gal are entered in the tournament. The teams will be finalized on Aug. 4 at the conclusion of the Ricoh Women’s British Open, which awards double points.
The current standings: Through July 21
|United States Solheim Cup points (top eight)||European Team Solheim
points (top four)
|1||Stacy Lewis||857||1||Suzann Pettersen, Norway||163|
|2||Paula Creamer||526.5||2||Carlota Ciganda, Spain||138.13|
|3||Cristie Kerr||484.5||3||Catriona Matthew, Scotland||136.75|
|4||Angela Stanford||406.5||4||Caroline Masson, Germany||111.50|
|6||Lexi Thompson||261||5||Caroline Hedwall, Sweden||93.25|
|7||Jessica Korda||247.5||6||Gwladys Nocera, France||100|
|8||Brittany Lang||241||7||Giulia Sergas, Italy||91.38|
|---------------------------------------------||8||Anna Nordqvist, Sweden||79.50|
Rolex Rankings (top four
|12||Morgan Pressel||164.5||*3||Suzann Pettersen, Norway||7.90|
|13||Michelle Wie||160.5||*10||Catriona Matthew, Scotland||5.44|
|18||Beatriz Recari, Spain||4.08|
|Rolex Rankings (top two,
excluding Solheim’s top eight)
|23||Anna Nordqvist, Sweden||3.54|
|25||Karine Icher, France||3.40|
|*2||Stacy Lewis||8.07||27||Azahara Munoz, Spain||3.33|
|*11||Paula Creamer||5.39||*28||Carlota Ciganda, Spain||3.12|
|*14||Cristie Kerr||5.28||29||Caroline Hedwall, Sweden||3.05|
|*16||Angela Stanford||4.45||45||Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England||2.31|
|21||Lizette Salas||3.75||54||Sandra Gal, Germany||2.01|
|*26||Lexi Thompson||3.40||58||Giulia Sergas, Italy||1.99|
|*30||Jessica Korda||3.01||*60||Caroline Masson, Germany||1.92|
|*37||Brittany Lincicome||2.76||91||Alison Walshe, Ireland||1.30|
|*43||Brittany Lang||2.41||*- Currently in top four of European
Solheim Cup points.
|56||Gerina Piller||1.99||Solheim Cup points available|
|75||Nicole Castrale||1.56||Place||ISPS Handa||Ricoh Women’s British|
|*- Currently in top eight of U.S.
Solheim Cup points.
|Solheim Cup points available
at Ricoh Women’s British Open
(Doubled for major championship)