PARKER, Colo., March 29, 2012 - For the first time this season, U.S.-born LPGA Tour players will earn double points for the 2013 Solheim Cup at this week's Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
The LPGA Tour's first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship will be held March 29-April 1 at the Mission Hills Country Club. Stacy Lewis, a member of the 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup Team, currently leads the U.S. Solheim Cup standings and is the Kraft Nabisco Championship's defending champion.
"The Solheim Cup is in the back of everyone's mind this week," Lewis said. "You want to get a head start with points, especially with double points on the line. If any American player says they're not thinking about it, they're lying."
Solheim Cup points will be doubled at all four LPGA Tour major championships this season, so players have a chance to make big jumps in one week by excelling at the majors. The same points system will apply in 2013, but players will earn one-and-a-half times as many points during the Solheim Cup year.
Players earn points for top-20 finishes at official LPGA Tour events, and only U.S.-born players are eligible. U.S. players began earning points for the 2013 Solheim Cup at the 2011 CN Canadian Women's Open.
The top eight players in the U.S. Solheim Cup standings at the yet-to-be-determined cutoff date in 2013 will automatically qualify for the team, two more will qualify based on their position in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings, and Captain Meg Mallon will select the final two team members.
"I have always believed that the majors should be weighted heavily for the Solheim Cup points," Mallon said. "The cream of the crop always seems to rise to the top at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, and I'll be watching the American players closely this week."
The U.S. Solheim Cup points standings heading into this weekend:
|1.||Stacy Lewis||136||6.||Katie Futcher||61||11.||Amanda Blumenherst||34|
|2.||Brittany Lincicome||115||7.||Brittany Lang||59||T12.||Tiffany Joh||30|
|3.||Angela Stanford||105||8.||Michelle Wie||53||T12.||Mina Harigae||30|
|4.||Cristie Kerr||99||9.||Morgan Pressel||51||14.||Jennifer Johnson||24|
|5.||Paula Creamer||79||10.||Jessica Korda||40||15.||Vicky Hurst||18|
ABOUT THE SOLHEIM CUP
The Solheim Cup combines the tradition and prestige of the game of golf with passion for one's country. This biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition features the best U.S.-born players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour and the best European members from the Ladies European Tour (LET).
The Solheim Cup is named in honor of Karsten Solheim, the founder of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, which makes PING golf equipment. In 1990, the Solheim family, in conjunction with the LPGA and the LET, developed the concept and became the title sponsor for The Solheim Cup, professional golf's international match-play competition for women. Held every two years, the event has grown into the most prestigious international women's professional golf team event. The Solheim Cup is the most highly coveted trophy in women's professional golf team competition; some of the most memorable moments in the sport have happened during one of The Solheim Cups, and berths on the U.S. and European teams are highly sought after by players from both organizations.
The 2013 Solheim Cup will take place Aug. 13-18 at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo. The European Team enters the competition holding the Cup and will need 14 points to retain it, with the U.S. Team needing 14½ points to regain the coveted Waterford Crystal prize. The U.S. squad holds an 8-4 lead in the series, which began in 1990, and is undefeated (6-0) on U.S. soil. Meg Mallon is captain of the U.S. Team, with Sweden's Liselotte Neumann leading the European squad.
For more information about The Solheim Cup and updated standings for each team, log on to www.solheimcup.com, www.lpga.com and www.ladieseuropeantour.com.