PARKER, Colo., July 29, 2013 – For the final time this season, U.S.-born LPGA Tour players will earn double points for the 2013 Solheim Cup at this week’s RICOH Women’s British Open at the famed Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland.
The LPGA Tour’s fourth major of the year, the $2.75 million RICOH Women’s British Open will be held Aug. 1-4 at The Old Course. Stacy Lewis, a member of the 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup Team and world No. 2, currently leads the U.S. Solheim Cup standings heading into the 72-hole event.
The famed tournament is the final opportunity for players to either solidify their positions or make big jumps in the points standings with the Solheim Cup just two weeks away. The 2013 event will be held Aug. 13-18 at Colorado Golf Club in Parker.
“As excited as I am for the team coming together, there are still a lot of points left on the table up for grabs,” U.S. Captain Meg Mallon said. “It’s exciting that Inbee (Park) has a chance to win the Grand Slam, and as soon as the last putt drops, the focus and attention will be on the Solheim Cup. That’s a great scenario, and I just think it’ll be a great week for women’s golf.”
The United States and European teams will be announced live on the Golf Channel on Sunday, Aug. 4. U.S. Captain Meg Mallon will announce her two captain’s picks, and European Captain Liselotte Neumann will reveal her four selections for the 12-member European squad.
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 RICOH Women’s British Open 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:|
|1. 120||8. 42||15. 21|
|2. 60||9. 39||16. 18|
|3. 57||10. 36||17. 15|
|4. 54||11. 33||18. 12|
|5. 51||12. 30||19. 9|
|6. 48||13. 27||20. 6|
|7. 45||14. 24|
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 857||9.||Jennifer Johnson 185|
|2.||Paula Creamer 526.5||10.||Lizette Salas 174|
|3.||Cristie Kerr 484.5||Gerina Piller 174|
|4.||Angela Stanford 406.5||12.||Morgan Pressel 164.5|
|5.||Brittany Lincicome 269||13.||Michelle Wie 160.5|
|6.||Lexi Thompson 261||14.||Katie Futcher 116.5|
|7.||Jessica Korda 247.5||15.||Nicole Castrale 104|
|8.||Brittany Lang 241|
|Rolex World Rankings|
|9.||Lizette Salas No. 20||10.||Jennifer Johnson No. 50|