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Wie Gulbis racing in France together

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Michelle Wie and Natalie Gulbis are linked in the same sentences a lot these days.

Two of the LPGA’s top gate attractions, they both made news failing to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open.

Now that they’re both back in action at the Evian Masters in France this week, they take up prominent roles in the race to make the U.S. Solheim Cup team.

Just two weeks remain to qualify with the top 10 in the final U.S. standings earning automatic roster spots for the Aug. 21-23 competition at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

Gulbis holds down the 10th spot in the U.S. standings. At No. 16, Wie, who is off to a slow start in France, is determined to bump into the top 10, which could mean bumping Gulbis out.
 
They both have excellent histories at Evian Masters Golf Club. Gulbis won there two years ago. Wie has twice finished runner up there but has some work to do with three bogeys over the first 13 holes of her first round and no birdies.
 
Gulbis has 201 points, Wie 133.5. A victory this week would be worth 60 points with 120 points available to next week's winner at the Ricoh Women's British Open. Of course, it's possible they could both end up on the team.