For Solheim Cup captain Meg Mallon, finding the right mix of players is crucial to winning the match play tournament, set for August 16–18 in Parker, Colo.
Though the teams are not set, there are a few players that could still earn their way onto the U.S. squad. Golfweek says Michelle Wie is one of the those players and she can earn a spot by winning next week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open to make the team on points.
To qualify for the team, players earn points for victories and top-20 finishes on the tour over a two-year span. Wie is 13th on the list with 160.5 points.
Wie has just two top-10 finishes this year, and has made the cut only seven times out of the 15 tournaments she has entered.
It’s crunch time for the Solheim Cup, and believe it or not, Michelle Wie is very much in the conversation for making the U.S. team.Posted by Scooby Axson Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images
Otherwise, captain Meg Mallon would need to make Wie one of her two captain’s picks, which isn’t out of the question considering that she already has three Solheim rookies who are locks for the team (Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda and Lizette Salas) and Wie is a two-time participant. Thompson and Korda are currently in on points while Salas is safely in at No. 21 in the rankings. (The top two players in the Rolex Rankings not otherwise qualified through Solheim points earn spots.)
Jennifer Johnson is the only player who can finish second at the British Open and crack the top eight (assuming current No. 8 Brittany Lang finishes outside the top 12 at St. Andrews). Gerina Piller, Salas, Morgan Pressel and Wie would need to win at the Old Course to jump into the top eight.