Solheim Cup race heats up


BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Natalie Gulbis is vulnerable to getting bumped out of the top 10 in the U.S. Solheim Cup standings at this week’s U.S. Women’s Open.

The pressure to qualify is mounting with time running out to make the team. Double points are up for grabs this weekend, one of just three events left before the team is finalized.

The top 10 at the conclusion of the Ricoh Women’s British Open on Aug. 2 automatically qualify. Beth Daniel will add two captain’s picks.

Gulbis, No. 9 in the U.S. Solheim Cup points standings, didn’t qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open and could theoretically get bumped out of the top 10 in this event.
If No. 10 Brittany Lincicome and No. 12 Stacy Prammanasudh finish the weekend strong, they could both pass Gulbis, knocking her to 11th in points.

Current No. 11 Laura Diaz won’t be making a move this weekend as she missed the cut.

Americans can earn points with top-20 finishes. First place is good for 120 points, second 60 points, third 57, and fourth 54, with a 20th-place finish worth six points. Here’s a look at the U.S. Solheim Cup standings, the player’s position in the U.S. Women’s Open (in paranthesis) and current Solheim Cup point total:

1.     Paula Creamer (2nd), 696.
2.     Cristie Kerr (1st), 608.
3.     Angela Stanford (missed cut), 573.
4.     Nicole Castrale (T-14th), 299.
5.     Brittany Lang (T-48th), 288.
6.     Kristy McPherson (T-14th), 276.
7.     Christina Kim (T-37th), 255.
8.     Morgan Pressel (T-48th), 250.
9.     Natalie Gulbis (not in field), 201.
10.  Brittany Lincicome (T-8th), 199.
11.  Laura Diaz (missed cut), 177.
12.  Stacy Prammanasudh (T-37th), 170.
13.  Pat Hurst (withdrawal), 164.
14.  Juli Inkster (T-60th), 152.
15.  Jane Park (missed cut), 141.
16.  Michelle Wie (not in field), 133.5.
17.  Wendy Ward (not in field, 132.5.
18.  Meaghan Francella (T-14th), 102.5.
19.  Irene Cho (missed cut), 90.5.
20.  Allison Fouch (T-54th), 84.