ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Germany’s Caroline Masson missed the cut Friday at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, making her vulnerable to losing her place as an automatic qualifier on the European Solheim Cup team.
Euro Solheim Cup legend Laura Davies also missed the cut, likely ending her remarkable run in the competition.
The top four in the European Solheim Cup points standings automatically make the team at the conclusion of the Ricoh Women’s British Open. The top four in the world rankings not already qualified on points also make it. Another four will make it as captain’s picks.
Masson holds the fourth and final spot on the points list. France’s Gwladys Nocera, just behind Masson at fifth in the points standings, made the cut but would need a terrific weekend to overtake Masson. Nocera would need to finish eighth or better at the Women’s British Open to gain enough points to grab that last spot. Nocera begins the weekend tied for 59th at St. Andrews.
Sweden’s Mikaela Parmlid is eighth in points and also made the cut but would need to finish second or better at St. Andrews to qualify on points.
Davies was far down the points and rankings list and can make the team only as a captain’s pick. Euro captain Liselotte Neumann told Golfchannel.com she is weighing current form over Solheim Cup experience in her consideration for captain’s picks.
Davies is the only player to have competed in every Solheim Cup staged. She has the Solheim Cup record for most matches played (46), most points (25) and most matches won (22, tied with Annika Sorenstam).
Germany’s Sandra Gal looks like she is solidifying her place as a captain’s pick, showing returning form again this week, but it wasn’t a great day for the Europeans with a number of players who are vying for captain’s picks missing the cut, including England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall, Italy’s Giulia Sergas, England’s Charley Hull, Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson and England’s Karen Stupples.
Here’s how the Euro race shapes up:
European Solheim Cup points standings (top four qualify):
1. Suzann Pettersen, Norway, 163
2. Carlota Ciganda, Spain, 138.12
3. Catriona Matthew, Scotland, 134.75
4. Caroline Masson, Germany, 125.50
5. Gwladys Nocera, France, 100
6. Caroline Hedwall, Sweden, 93.24
7. Giulia Sergas, Italy, 89.38
8. Mikaela Parmlid, Sweden, 82
*The Ladies European Tour has different point tables for events depending on the prize money offered, but a major-championship victory is worth 80 points.
European Solheim world rankings standings (top four qualify):
1. Beatriz Recari, Spain (No. 18)
2. Anna Nordqvist, Sweden (No. 23)
3. Karine Icher, France (No. 25)
4. Azahara Munoz, Spain (No. 27)
5. Caroline Hedwall, Sweden (No. 29)
6. Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England, (No. 43)
7. Sandra Gal, Germany (No. 54)
8. Giulia Sergas, Italy (No. 59)
*Four captain’s picks will fill out the European squad.