Players to earn double Solheim Cup points at this week's Wegmans LPGA Championship

PARKER, Colo., June 7, 2012 - A major title won't be the only thing up for grabs this week at the Wegman's LPGA Championship for U.S.-born LPGA Tour players. Players will also earn double points for the 2013 Solheim Cup this week in Pittsford, N.Y.

The LPGA Tour's second major of the year, the $2.5 million Wegman's LPGA Championship will be held June 7-10 at Locust Hill Country Club. Reigning Rolex Player of the Year and world No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan is the defending champion.

Players realize the importance of earning Solheim Cup points in non-Solheim years, especially at major championships.

"After my experience in 2005 - I made the team in 2003 and missed it in 2005 - I realized that you don't want to be behind the eight ball going into a Solheim year," said four-time U.S. Solheim Cup Team member Angela Stanford. "So, I'm always thinking about it."

Cristie Kerr can relate.

"You've got to get it done and make the team," said Kerr, who stands fourth in the points standings. "You can't wait to be picked. I had a chance to be picked once and wasn't. You've got to shore up your spot, no matter who you are."

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.

The U.S. Solheim Cup points standings heading into this weekend:

1. Stacy Lewis 269 6. Brittany Lang 79 11. Natalie Gulbis 52
2. Angela Stanford 150 7. Morgan Pressel 70 T12. Jessica Korda 45
3. Brittany Lincicome 133 8. Katie Futcher 66 T12. Lexi Thompson 45
4. Cristie Kerr 122 9. Vicky Hurst 58 T14. Juli Inkster 35
5. Paula Creamer 101 10. Michelle Wie 53 T14. Mina Harigae 35

Topics: Solheim Cup, Wegmans LPGA Championship, Press Release

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