PARKER, Colo., June 4, 2013 – For just the second time this season, U.S.-born LPGA Tour players will earn double points for the 2013 Solheim Cup at this week’s Wegmans LPGA Championship in Rochester, N.Y.
The LPGA Tour’s second major of the year, the Wegmans LPGA Championship will be held June 6-9 at Locust Hill Country Club. Stacy Lewis, a member of the 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup Team and world No. 3, currently leads the U.S. Solheim Cup standings heading into the 72-hole event.
The famed tournament will be a great opportunity for players to either solidify their positions or make big jumps in the points standings with the Solheim Cup just more than two months away. Three of the next six LPGA events are majors.
“Things are going to change, and a lot is going to happen in the next six events because there are three majors involved,” U.S. Captain Meg Mallon said. “I sent an e-mail to the top 30 players and said that, those who aren’t playing well have an opportunity to turn it around, and those who are playing well are looking really good and have an opportunity to win a golf tournament. If you win a major, you’re leapfrogging a lot of people, and if you win a tournament, everything will take care of itself.
“So, it’s exciting for the players that so many people have an opportunity to make this team, and we’ll see how everyone responds.”
With players earning one-and-a-half times as many points in 2013 as they did in 2012, there are large amounts of potential points available. A U.S.-born player winning the Wegmans LPGA Championship will earn a whopping 120 Solheim Cup points.
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.
|Here is a breakdown of the points available this week:|
The top eight players in the U.S. Solheim Cup standings at the conclusion of the RICOH Women’s British Open in St. Andrews, Scotland, Aug. 4, will automatically qualify for the team, two more will qualify based on their position in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, and Mallon will select the final two team members.
|The U.S. Solheim Cup points standings heading into this weekend:|
|1. Stacy Lewis||783||9. Brittany Lang||167|
|2. Cristie Kerr||448||10. Jennifer Johnson||153|
|3. Paula Creamer||420||11. Gerina Piller||150|
|4. Angela Stanford||297||12. Katie Futcher||116|
|5. Brittany Lincicome||215||13. Michelle Wie||112|
|6. Lexi Thompson||205||14. Nicole Castrale||104|
|7. Jessica Korda||190||15. Morgan Pressel||101|
|8. Lizette Salas||168|
|Rolex World Rankings|
|9. Brittany Lang||No. 49|
|10. Jennifer Johnson||No. 54|