by Jeff Skinner
As the LPGA swings north of the border for the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic the pressure is on to earn a coveted spot on the U.S. Solheim Cup Team. The team will be decided after the Women’s British Open and that leaves only three events left to earn points to qualify. This week’s tournament which takes place in Waterloo, Ontario may just be a “Waterloo” of sorts for those LPGA players struggling to make the team.
Solheim Cup Captain, Meg Mallon’s team is shaping up with a good mix of veterans and some exciting new blood in the mix. The top eight players on the points list automatically earn a spot on the team. The next two spots go to the top players on the Rolex Ranking List, not already on the team and Mallon will add two Captains’ Picks.
Currently, world number two Stacy Lewis leads in points followed by in order: Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Brittany Lincicome, Jessica Korda, Lexi Thompson and Brittany Lang. All have previous Solheim Cup experience except for youngsters Korda and Thompson and they would add some youth to a decidedly veteran squad.
The players still trying to work their way up the point’s race and impress Mallon are Lizette Salas, Morgan Pressel, Jennifer Johnson and Michelle Wie. Salas and Johnson would be rookies and Pressel and Wie have played on past Solheim Cups.
The next few tournaments will decide who will try to capture the cup from the European Team that staged an amazing comeback two years ago in Ireland. Every player in contention for the team has their point’s status on their mind and will be hoping for a good stretch to be able to wear the red, white and blue for the American team in August at the Colorado Country Club.