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Old 04-08-2013, 05:55 PM   #1
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Pre-2013 Solheim Cup

Saint-Just X suggested a week or so ago that I start a pre-Solheim Cup thread. I decided to wait until after the first LPGA major of the year. Besides, I wanted to understand how the Solheim points were computed on the other side of the pond (the LET equivalent to the LPGA). The Kraft Nabisco resulted in Solheim Cup points for players vying for spots on the European team as well as the US team.

Players on the US team will be determined in the following way; the first eight players in the Solheim Cup standings, plus the two highest players in the Rolex rankings not qualified above, plus two captain’s picks. If the teams were chosen today, the representatives for the US team would be Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Brittany Lincicome, Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lang, and Jessica Korda (Solheim points), Lizette Salas, and Morgan Pressel (Rolex), and two captain’s picks.

For the Europeans, the team will be determined by taking the top four players in the Solheim standings, the top 4 players in the Rolex standings not included above, and four captain’s picks. If the teams were chosen today, the representatives for the Team Europe would be Suzann Pettersen, Carlotta Ciganda, Caroline Hedwall, and Caroline Masson (Solheim points), Catriona Matthew, Azahara Munoz, Beatriz Recari and Anna Nordqvist (Rolex), and four captain’s picks.

What is fun about this whole process is that Meg Mallon has two captain’s picks and Liselotte Neumann has four captain’s picks, which means … we get to second-guess six players total from the two teams.

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Old 04-08-2013, 07:01 PM   #2
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What is fun about this whole process is that Meg Mallon has two captain’s picks and Liselotte Neumann has four captain’s picks, which means … we get to second-guess six players total from the two teams.

Problem with the euro selection is that the best euros play full time on the LPGA. Hard to get a fair system all on points.
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:27 AM   #3
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However, the LET also requires that players from the Solheim standings must have played in six (6) qualifying events (LET tournaments) within a certain time interval. I can’t speak for the other three, but Pettersen has only one qualifying event so far and has NO qualifying events, except the Ricoh British Women’s Open, on her schedule. Therefore, she will fail to make the team on her Solheim points, moving #5, currently Guilia Sergas, into the four spot. Never fear, unless Suzann makes an incredible drop in the Rolex rankings, she will be in the top spot in the second group, and the currently listed Anna Nordqvist will get bumped.
She is aware of the requirement and intends to fulfill it:
THE MODERATOR: Let's tie in Mission Hills to Mission Hills. Recently you won an LET event overseas in Asia, and now Mission Hills here. Specific to your game, how big was that victory for you and how might to help making sure your game is on all cylinders for this week?

SUZANN PETTERSEN: It was nice. I actually went down to China to make sure I could play on the Solheim team without getting a pick.
Suzann now has five qualifying events:
2012 - ISPS HANDA Australian Open, EVIAN MASTERS presented by Societe Generale*, Ladies Irish Open, RICOH WOMEN´S BRITISH OPEN
2013 - World Ladies Championship
This year's British will make six.

Also, failure to play six qualifying events would prevent a player from qualifying from either the LET points list or the Rolex rankings. She could only be a captain's pick under such a circumstance.

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Old 04-11-2013, 07:35 PM   #4
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Only twelve more tournaments remain for the U.S. players to get themselves into position to qualify for the 2013 Solheim Cup, which will be played this year at the Colorado Club, in Parker Colorado. Players started accumulating points at the completion of the last Solheim Cup, in 2011.

The United States has changed the qualifications for entry. In previous years it was the top ten players who accumulated the most points, and then two captain's picks. They have now changed that to the top eight players off the point list, the 2 highest Rolex ranked players not already in, and 2 captain's picks.

Points are accumulated the following way:
(From the first event after the previous Solheim Cup match in 2011 through the end of the 2012 season)
Winner - 40 points, 2nd - 20 points, 3rd - 18 points, 4th - 17 points, all the way down to 20th - 2 points.
(The 2013 season tournaments, leading up to the Solheim match)
Winner - 60 points, 2nd - 30 points, 3rd - 28.5 points, 4th - 27 points, 5th - 25.5 points, all the way down to a 20th place finish worth 3 points.
The reason for the increased points for the last part of the term is to give an advantage to the players who are hot going into the match.

With many players fighting to get into a position to make the team, let us look at where we stand as of today.

Here are the top 8 Solheim Cup point leaders right now:


http://www.tonyslpgareport.com/2013/04/players-fighting-for-spots-on-solheim.html
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:06 AM   #5
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There wasn't much movement on the US team as a result of the LOTTE tournament - only 5 ladies placed in the top 20 - but the contest for positions 6 thru 8 got a lot tighter.

Creamer moved back ahead of Cristie into 2nd place while Vicky Hurst had her first top 20 finish in 2013 and jumped from 12th to 10th.

Lizette and Jessica picked up 30 and 24 points, respectively, to move closer to 6th and 7th spots. Brittany Lang is 6th with 154 points followed by Lexi with 153 points. However, Jessica with 142.5 and Lizette with 139.5 are close behind. A 14th place finish by Korda or a 12th place finish by Lizette in their next tournaments would move each past Brittany into 6th place. Of course, Lang and Lexi can prevent this by finishing in the top 20.

Positions 9-10 on the US team are determined by Rolex rankings - the new rankings will be published on Monday.
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:55 PM   #6
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Current standings:
Code:
1	Lewis, Stacy	716
2	Creamer, Paula	348
3	Kerr, Cristie	331
4	Stanford, A.	271
5	Lincicome, B.	215
6	Thompson, Lexi	168
7	Salas, Lizette	160
7	Korda, Jessica	160
9	Lang, Brittany	154
Lang and Pressel would get the ninth and tenth spots from the world rankings.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:21 PM   #7
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Lewis, Creamer, Kerr, Stanford, and Linciome are in.
Salas, Thompson, Lang, and Korda are in. One of them from ROLEX Ranking.
The second ROLEX ranked player will be most likely Morgan, but..... there are at least seven players that could over take her, including Hurst, Piller, Kang and Wie

And the other two? Who is hot? Jane Park, Wie J. Johnson. No one really. A hard decision for the Captain

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Old 04-22-2013, 09:16 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Elf View Post
Lewis, Creamer, Kerr, Stanford, and Linciome are in.
Salas, Thompson, Lang, and Korda are in. One of them from ROLEX Ranking.
The second ROLEX ranked player will be most likely Morgan, but..... there are at least seven players that could over take her, including Hurst, Piller, Kang and Wie

And the other two? Who is hot? Jane Park, Wie J. Johnson. No one really. A hard decision for the Captain
Quite a few tourneys to go, especially the Majors. But...anyone wanna take a bet that Meg picks Wie ? (Incoming!!!)
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Originally Posted by LoJo View Post
Quite a few tourneys to go, especially the Majors. But...anyone wanna take a bet that Meg picks Wie ? (Incoming!!!)
Three places left. One ROLEX and 2 Captain Picks. Wie will be there. Her record in SC, her leadership, and friendship and popularity are a must in the team. I will take bets.

BTW, I am moving to San Antonio Tx.for a "try out" . Six months and then will decide. If it does not work I will move with DB to Manila and teach him golf.

Anyway, if any bets are made, transfers will be easier within the USA.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:05 AM   #10
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It is still very early, but Nicole Castrale seems like a likely candidate for a captain's pick. She's only played five tournaments this year and has three top 20s. She also brings some maturity and Solheim Cup experience that this team lacks.
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