Christina Kim may qualify for Solheim based on sass, not skill

By Randall MellAugust 17, 2011, 6:27 pm

Christina Kim is on the U.S. Solheim Cup hot seat this week at the LPGA’s Safeway Classic in North Plains, Ore.

The top 10 in the American Solheim Cup points standings automatically qualify for the team at Sunday’s scheduled conclusion of the tournament, and Kim is holding that 10th spot.

Kim’s the only player who can get bumped off the list with the top nine having already clinched spots. That’s notable because it means Juli Inkster has made the team. The 51-year-old Hall of Famer said she’d only play if she qualified on points, and she has secured a spot at No. 9 in the standings. Inkster is also an assistant captain. Inkster will make her ninth U.S. Solheim Cup team, an American record separating her from Meg Mallon and Beth Daniel.

The Americans will be seeking to defeat Europe for the fourth consecutive time when the Solheim Cup is staged Sept. 23-25 at Killeen Castle in Ireland.

Kim’s still vulnerable with 150.5 points, but only three players have the ability to pass her. At No. 11, Katie Futcher can pass Kim with a finish of 10th place or better in the Safeway Classic, depending on how Kim plays. The top 20 in the tournament earn points. No. 12 Kristy McPherson can pass Kim with a finish of eighth or better. No. 13 Vicky Hurst needs a win to have a chance to pass Kim.

Yet even if Kim gets passed, she’s still a strong candidate as one of Rosie Jones’ two captain’s picks.

Though Kim has struggled of late – she has missed four of her last five LPGA cuts – she’s 5-2-1 in two Solheim Cup appearances. Kim’s fiery, cheerleading persona irritated some Europeans when the Americans won at Rich Harvest Farms two years ago, and her presence would promise to add some intrigue to the event.

Futcher has made the biggest move among players outside the top 10 in this stretch run, but she’s never played in the biennial competition. McPherson helped the Americans win two years ago. Veterans Wendy Ward, Pat Hurst and Natalie Gulbis are possible captain’s picks as they round out the top 16 in the standings.

Jones told Wednesday that current form is important as she evaluates who her two captain’s picks should be, but so is experience and personality as it relates to team chemistry.

“I will consider those things equally,” Jones said. “Going to Europe, it can be brutal as far as the crowds, so experience is something I’ll look at.”

Jones said players won’t see her on the course much this week.

“I’m coming in late on purpose,” Jones said. “I’m staying out of their hair. They don’t need me adding any more pressure.”

Joining Inkster as Americans clinching spots on the team are Cristie Kerr, Morgan Pressel, Stacy Lewis, Angela Stanford, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Brittany Lincicome and Brittany Lang. 

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.