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Johnson makes biggest move in latest U.S. Solheim update

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Jennifer Johnson made the biggest move in the American Solheim Cup standings with her tie for seventh Sunday at the Marathon Classic outside Toledo, Ohio.

Johnson cracked through the qualifying standard but must hold her spot through the final week of qualifying to grab one of the USA's 10 automatic roster spots.

Next week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open stands as the last chance for players to qualify. A lot of movement is still possible with double points up for grabs at St. Andrews. The American and European teams will be announced a couple hours after the conclusion of the Women’s British Open on Aug. 4. The Solheim Cup is scheduled Aug. 16-18 at Colorado Golf Club outside Denver.

Eight Americans will make the team off the U.S. Solheim Cup points standings along with the two highest ranked Americans in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings who aren’t already qualified on points. Captain Meg Mallon also gets two at-large roster picks.

With her strong finish Sunday, Johnson leaped past Solheim Cup veteran Morgan Pressel to assume the second world ranking spot, but the rankings race is close. Johnson is now No. 51 in the world and Pressel No. 52.

If the U.S. team were settled today, four Americans would qualify for their first U.S. Solheim Cup team: Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, Lizette Salas and Johnson.

The possibility of a large turnover of the American roster looms. As of this week, six Americans from the last U.S. Solheim Cup team have not yet qualified: Pressel, Michelle Wie, Juli Inkster, Christina Kim, Vicky Hurst and Ryann O’Toole.

Here is how the race shapes up:


American Solheim Cup standings (top eight qualify):

1. Stacy Lewis 857
2. Paula Creamer 526.5
3. Cristie Kerr 484.5
4. Angela Stanford 406.5
5. Brittany Lincicome 269
6. Lexi Thompson 261
7. Jessica Korda 247.5
8. Brittany Lang 241
9. Jennifer Johnson 185
10. Lizette Salas 174
10. Gerina Piller 174
12. Morgan Pressel 164.5
13. Michelle Wie 160.5
14. Katie Futcher 116.5
15. Nicole Castrale 104

*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, Lizette Salas (No. 21)

2, Jennifer Johnson (No. 51).

3, Morgan Pressel (No. 52).

4. Gerina Piller (No. 56).

5. Nicole Castrale (No. 75).

*Two captain’s picks will fill out the American squad.