The LPGA is changing its qualifying system for the American Solheim Cup team to include the Rolex Rankings.
The top eight off the American points list will automatically qualify to play in the 2013 Solheim Cup at the Colorado Golf Club instead of the 10 who made it for this year’s matches in Ireland, the LPGA announced Friday. After those eight, the top two American players in the Rolex Rankings not already qualified will make the team. The American captain will continue to have two wild card picks.
If the new system were in place today, Christina Kim wouldn’t have qualified. Juli Inkster and Vicky Hurst would have grabbed the ninth and 10th automatic spots based on their world ranking. Kim would have needed a captain’s pick to make the team.
Inkster is 44th in the Rolex rankings, Hurst 65th and Kim 80th.
The new qualifying system is in effect this week at the CN Canadian Women’s Open with qualifying for the ’13 team underway.
Rosie Jones, captain of this year’s team, backs the new system.
“The decision to utilize the Rolex Rankings just makes sense, as it certainly reflects the way players have performed over a two-year period, with greater emphasis placed on the most recent results,” Jones said in a statement.