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2019 SOLHEIM CUP TEAM MATCHES:  TEAM USA vs TEAM EUROPE 

Gleneagles, Scotland -- September 9-15 -- PGA Centenary Course - Gleneagles Hotel  (designed by Jack Nicklaus)

CHECK MY FACEBOOK -- MANY POSTS ABOUT THE CURRENT SOLHEIM CUP.  SEE:  www.nancyberkley.com/facebook.98

HOW 2019 TEAMS ARE SELECTED:  [Note:  The 2019 Team Selections are slightly different from 2017.. especially when the team rankings end and those qualified make the Teams.]




TEAM EUROPE IS FINAL:  HERE THEY ARE:

Solheim Cup Points for both Team Europe and Team USA are based on how players on the LPGA and LET peform in tournaments over the past two years.

Rolex Rankings are based on points earned in 7 global tournaments.  Some LPGA players and LET players play in tournaments played in Korea or Japan for example. The Rolex Rankings gather statistics from about 7 global tours.  see.www.rolexrankings.com.  

3 Solheim Cup Points: #Ciganda, #VanDam #Hedwal . 
5 Rolex Rankings: #Hull #Hall #Munoz #Masson #Nordquist
4 Captain's Picks: #CeliineBoutier #BronteLaw #JodiEwartShadoff and #SuzannPettersen.

TEAM USA IS FINAL:  HERE THEY ARE:  (members based on different point calucations)

8 Solheim Cup Points:  Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang, Jessica Korda, Lizette Salas, Marina Alex Angel Yin, Brittanay Altomare

2 Rolex Rankings: Austin Ernst, Annie Park

2 Captain's Picks:   Morgan Pressel, Stacy Lewis


THE DRAMA OF THE 2019 SOLHEIM CUP TEAM EUROPE AND TEAM USA.

Posted Sunday August 25, 2019 ( Also on my facebook post)

Today Sunday August 25, Team USA Captain Juli Inkster will know 10 of the Team players at the conclusion of the CP Women's Open -- she didn't personally select any of them. They made the team on their own by playing great golf over the past two years and earning spots through Solheim Cup Points and Rolex Rankings adjusted today for final scores in CP Women's Open. . BUT she has two choices of her own to pick - the "Captain's Picks". and will announce those on Monday (I guess she will sleep on her choices.. or not sleep at all." This is her third year as Captain of Team USA!

Here are some clues from her interview during Saturday third round of the CP Women's Open. "Personality is very important....it's part of the team chemistry...it's easier to play as a team when play away." She likes Amy Olson and Brittany Altomare. And... "can't count Cristie Kerr out."

Juli has been at the CP tournament and watched players who are high on the Solheim Cup Rankings that definitely will make the team: Nelly and Jessica Korda, Lisette Salas, Lexi Thompson. Remember!!! two days of matches are "team" two-somes -- only the final day is singles. AND.... the Captains select the order of hte players without knowing the order of the other Captain. During media interviews before the Solheim rounds, questions are asked to pull out some hints. Forget it... I've listened to those interviews for three years... the Captains are very smart and offer no clues. Don't miss watching these matches on television if you can't be in Scotland.




TEAM EUROPE HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED. Captain Catriona Matthew.

(note that selection criteria slightly different than Team USA.  Team Europe has more Captain' Picks)


3 Solheim Cup Points: #Ciganda, #VanDam #Hedwal .
5 Rolex Rankings: #Hull #Hall #Munoz #Masson #Nordquist
4 Captain's Picks: #CeliineBoutier #BronteLaw #JodiEwartShadoff and #SuzannPettersen.




Posted August 3,2019 -- Team USA/Team Europe  --  UPDATED August 6, 2019

SOLHEIM CUP TEAM USA Update: The AIG tournament is very important because LPGA players who finish in top 20 in a tournament receive double Solheim Cup Points (SCP). (the SCP are on a two-year calculation. )

SOLHEIM CUP POINTS: Here are 8 players (of the 12 players) that currently would be be on Team USA based on SCP: LThompson, DKang, NKorda, JKorda, LSalas, MKhang, MAlex and BAltomare. Only if Brittany Altomare and Marina Alex do not play well in the final round is it possible that a couple other players will jump over them into spots #7 and #8 based on the SCP.  But that didn't happen All of the above remain the top 8 after the Solheim Cup Points were applied based on AIG Women's British Open final scores.  

ROLEX RANKINGS: The next two players are selected based on Rolex Rankings (if not selected based on Solheim Cup Points). But the Rolex Rankings reflecting the AIG British Open scores will not be computed and available until Monday. Here's the link https://www.rolexrankings.com/rankings.

Here are the players I will be watching on the final round to see if they jump in the Rolex Rankings into the two spots. Annie Park, Austin Ernst, Ally McDonald, Angel Yin and Marina Alex.  Confirming:  the two players based on Rolex Rankings after the AIG Women's British Open are Angel Yin and Austin Ernst.  

But a reminder that there are two more tournaments for US players to qualify for the Solheim Cup Team:  August 5-11 for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open in North Berwick, Scotland and the August 19-25 CP Women's Open in Ontario, Canada. I will continue to update this site.

2 CAPTAIN PICKS And then the two Captain's Picks. Morgan Pressel has played very well and is experienced Solheim Cup player. I would bet on Morgan as a Captain's Pick. Then I would look to those Rolex Rankings players above for another choice. Team Captain Juli Inkster has been watching the players closely. Two of the three days are "team" matches and she knows the personalities that play well in team formats: alternate shot and fourballs (better ball).

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POSTED AUGUST 1, 2019

THANKS TO LPGA MEDIA TEAM FOR INFO. www.lpga.com With special thanks to LPGA media wizard Christina Lance, Senior Manager Tour Media. This long post also appears on my facebook page. 

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Final Push For Solheim Cup Points 


Team USA

As if the lure of a major trophy isn’t enough pressure for one week, the AIG Women’s British Open also offers up the opportunity to earn twice the number of Solheim Cup points. Players finishing within the top 20 will earn Solheim Cup points, with the winner getting as many as 120 points, which is double the points received during any other tournament week. THIS COULD REALLY CHANGE THE ORDER OF SOLHEIM CUP POINTS.

For Team USA, players have three events remaining in order to qualify: the AIG Women’s British Open, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open and Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Teams will then be finalized ..August 25..with the top eight point-earners receiving an automatic spot.

The next two spots will be filled via the Rolex Rankings with the top-ranked Americans who have not qualified through Solheim Cup points. Hard to predict this because Rolex rankings are close. Possible qualifiers are Annie Park, Angel Yin, Austin Ernest...Ally McDonald is playing well and CristieKerr could rally.

The final two members of Team USA will be chosen by captain Juli Inkster following the CP Womens Open

HERE IS MY LIST OF POSSIBLE CAPTAINS PICKS. Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer, and Cristie Kerr. Old reliables who get serious in partner competition Took Jennifer Kupcho off the list...not enough experience yet.

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Team Europe  Follow Team Europe on www.ladieseuropeantour.com

Unlike Team USA, the Europeans are down to their final two events in which to qualify for the Solheim Cup. The team will be finalized following next week’s Scottish Open. Carlota Ciganda, who finished 10th at the Evian Championship, unseated Anne Van Dam at the top of the point standings for Team Europe. She’s followed by Caroline Hedwall and Van Dam at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. If the teams were finalized today, Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Azahara Munoz, Caroline Masson and Anna Nordqvist would qualify based on their Rolex Rankings. The final four members of Team Europe will be selected by captain Catriona Matthew following the Scottish Open.




STAKES ARE GETTING HIGHER -- SCORES MATTER MORE FOR SOLHEIM CUP.

Team USA and Team Europe -- each have 12 players and compete over  four days of "match" play formats  will compete in Scotland September 9-15. This is the women's version of the men's Ryder Cup to be played in 2020

TEAM USA:   8 of the golfers will earn automatic selection via the LPGA Tour's Solheim Cup points list based on tournament performance (as of August 25) (see www.lpga.com website.  Two more (not otherwise qualified) will earn selection based on Rolex Rankings and the final two will be Captain's Picks. 
http://www.lpga.com/statistics/points/solheim-cup

Team USA players must be both citizens of the USA and members of the LPGA Tour. 

Juli Inkster has started to bring players together to see how they "fit" as a team.

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Team Europe:

Three are selected based on the Ladies European Tour's points list as of August 11. For the current standing see  https://www.solheimcup2019.com/let-solheim-cup-points   and 


Five through the [Rolex] world rankings as of August 11th. See 
https://www.rolexrankings.com/rankings [search by country)


Four more will be named to the team by the Europe captain, Catriona Matthew.

Eligibility for Team Europe is a little more complicated because many countries participate in the Ladies European Tour.  To be eligible for Team Europe, players must have played in a minimum of 8 LET events and in addition must be nationals For complete elibility criteria see 

https://www.solheimcup2019.com/sites/g/files/awvsbl306/files/2019-04/The%202019%20Solheim%20Cup%20European%20Team%20Qualification%20-%20V2.pdf