Double Solheim points on line at Wegmans


Some major movement is possible in the Solheim Cup standings this week with double points in the offing for Americans at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in Rochester, N.Y.

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.

Americans Gerina Piller and Michelle Wie made the most notable moves at the Shoprite LPGA Classic last weekend in a bid to crack the U.S. Solheim Cup standings.

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.