Just six events remain before the American team is announced at the conclusion of the Ricoh Women’s British Open, with three of those events major championships offering double points. Just four events remain before the European team is announced at the end of the Women’s British Open.
Piller tied for fifth in Galloway, N.J., with Wie tying for ninth as the top two American finishers.
Piller remained No. 11 in the American Solheim Cup points standings and No. 3 in the American Solheim Cup world rankings list, but she pressed notably closer to the qualifying positions she needs to make the team. The top eight in points and the top two on the rankings list make it.
Piller gained 25.5 points with her finish Sunday at Shoprite, moving her within three points of catching No. 10 Jennifer Johnson and within 18 points of catching No. 8 Lizette Salas. Piller also moved up six spots in the world rankings, leaving her just two spots from atching Johnson for the second and final qualifying spot on the world rankings list.
Teeing it up at Locust Hill at the Wegmans LPGA Championship should bring good vibes to Piller. She tied for sixth there last year.
Wie moved up three spots to No. 13 on the American points list with her finish Sunday.
The Solheim Cup is scheduled Aug. 16-18 at Colorado Golf Club. Here are the American and European standings:
American Solheim Cup standings (top eight qualify):
|1. Stacy Lewis||783|
|2. Cristie Kerr||488|
|3. Paula Creamer||420|
|4. Angela Stanford||297|
|5. Brittany Lincicome||215|
|6. Lexi Thompson||205|
|7. Jessic Korda||190|
|8. Lizette Salas||168|
|9. Brittany Lang||167|
|10. Jennifer Johnson||153|
|11. Gerina Piller||150|
|12. Katie Futcher||116|
|13. Michelle Wie||112|
|14. Nicole Castrale||104|
|15. Morgan Pressel||101|
*The top 20 places in an LPGA event are awarded points with 60 points for first place, 30 for second, 28.5 for third and all the way down to three points for a 20th-place finish. Points are doubled in the majors.
American Solheim Cup world rankings standings (top two qualify):
1. Brittany Lang (No. 49)
2. Jennifer Johnson (No. 54).
3. Gerina Piller (No. 56).
4. Morgan Pressel (No. 68).
*Two captain's picks will fill out the American squad.
|European Solheim Cup points standings (top four qualify):||Points|
|1. Carlota Ciganda, Spain||132.5|
|2. Suzann Pettersen, Norway||125|
|3. Caroline Hedwall, Sweden||93.25|
|4. Caroline Masson, Germany||91.50|
|5. Giulia Sergas, Italy||91.38|
|6. Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden||69.21|
|7. Charley Hull, England||69.09|
|8. Catriona Matthew, Scotland||65.75|
*The Ladies European Tour has different point tables for events depending on the prize money offered, but a victory can range from 40 points to 60 points with a win in the majors worth 80 points.
European Solheim Cup Rolex Rankings (top four qualify):
1. Catriona Matthew, Scotland (No. 16).
2. Azahara Munoz, Spain (No. 17).
3. Karine Icher, France (No. 23).
4. Anna Nordqvist, Sweden (No. 24).
5. Beatriz Recari, Spain (No. 26).
6. Sandra Gal, Germany (No. 48).
*Four captain's picks will fill out the European squad.