It’s officially crunch time.
Just two events remain for players to either make their move in the rankings to qualify for the U.S. Solheim Cup team or impress captain Juli Inkster in order to earn a pick for this year’s team.
Players on the bubble have swapped spots throughout the past several weeks. Here’s a look at the current Solheim Cup standings through which the top eight players automatically qualify for the team, as well as the Rolex Rankings, where the top two players who aren’t already qualified can earn their way onto the team.
|Rank||Solheim Cup Points||Rolex Ranking|
|1.||Stacy Lewis||Stacy Lewis|
|2.||Lexi Thompson||Lexi Thompson|
|3.||Michelle Wie||Brittany Lincicome|
|4.||Cristie Kerr||Cristie Kerr|
|5.||Brittany Lincicome||Michelle Wie|
|6.||Morgan Pressel||Morgan Pressel|
|7.||Angela Stanford||Lizette Salas|
|8.||Gerina Piller||Angela Stanford|
|9.||Lizette Salas||Paula Creamer|
|10.||Brittany Lang||Jessica Korda|
Here are some of the biggest movers and players to keep an eye on in the next two events who are currently on the bubble:
A T-2 finish at last week's Meijer LPGA Classic propelled Lizette Salas five spots up the Rolex Rankings and into one of two automatic qualifying spots for this year's team. If the team was finalized today, Salas would be the ninth member of the U.S. Solheim Cup team based on her current rank. Since early June, the former member of Team U.S.A. has gradually climbed from 11th to 9th in the Solheim Cup point standings.
If the teams were finalized today, the Pink Panther would be the final qualifier based on her Rolex Ranking. Her play at this week’s RICOH Women’s British Open will either make or break her automatic qualification for Team U.S.A. Should she not play well, she will likely need to rely on a captain’s pick in order to make the team for the sixth time in her career.
Currently tied with Paula Creamer at 10th in the Solheim Cup standings, Lang sits outside the automatic qualification and is currently fourth in line behind Salas, Creamer and Jessica Korda on the Rolex Rankings. She climbed four spots in the rankings following her sixth place finish at the Meijer LPGA Classic and another strong performance could help her leapfrog Korda and Creamer in the standings.
Heading into the season’s second major in June, Jessica Korda sat at eighth on the Solheim Cup standings, the final automatic qualifying spot. She has dropped to 12th following the Meijer LPGA Classic and currently sits third in the Rolex Rankings behind Salas and Creamer. Korda got off to a hot start with a tie for second at the season opener but has struggled in recent weeks, with two missed cuts, a withdraw and T-64 in her last four events. She’ll need a good finish this week at Turnberry to pass Creamer in the Rolex Rankings to secure the final automatic qualifying spot.