Jane Park could further complicate American Solheim Cup captain Beth Daniel’s job on Sunday.
With an even-par 72 Saturday, Park is tied for seventh at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, the last qualifying event for the Solheim Cup.
With a victory or second-place finish, Park would bump Natalie Gulbis out of the top 10 on the U.S. Solheim Cup points list. The top 10 in points at the conclusion of play Sunday earn automatic roster spots.
If Park earns a roster spot, Daniel will have a tougher choice for her two captain’s picks.
Gulbis would join Michelle Wie, Juli Inkster and Pat Hurst as the most worthy captain’s picks.
A look at the quartet’s credentials:
Gulbis – Just two top-10 finishes this season, but she has earned Solheim Cup points in four events. She’s tied for third on tour this season in putts per greens in regulation, a relevant stat in Solheim Cup competition.
Wie – Five top-10 finishes this season, including a second place and two ties for third. She has top-10s in two of her last three starts and leads the tour this season in birdie average (4.19 per round). As much is made of her erratic putting, Wie and Inbee Park lead the tour in putts per green in regulation (1.73).
Inkster – No top-10s this year, but no American has won more Solheim Cup matches in the history of the event (14-8-5). Her 16 ½ points equals Meg Mallon as most career points by an American. At 49, Inkster looks like she’s faced with her last shot to play the Solheim Cup.
Hurst – Having won the MasterCard Classic in March, Hurst is the only captain’s pick candidate with a victory this season, but Hurst has been cold of late, with no finish better than a tie for 40th in her last nine starts. Still, Hurst is a veteran of five Solheim Cups with a 10-7-3 career record in the matches.
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