The Irish player won the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, a victory that strengthens her chances of defending Europe from the 18th to 24th September at Finca Cortesín, while Carlota Ciganda finished in eight position
The fact that a European player, Leona Maguire in this case, wins a tournament on American soil less than 100 days before the Solheim Cup is always good news and a morale booster for the European team.
With her victory in Michigan (USA), Leona Maguire not only got rid of the thorn of two previous second places in that tournament, she has also strengthened her chances of being in Costa del Sol next September. She has placed third in the world ranking that gives access to the European team of the Solheim Cup, just one tenth of a point behind Celine Boutier.
The French golfer also had a good performance at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give to finish in eight position, the same one as Carlota Ciganda, who is still within the positions that would allow her to play her sixth Solheim Cup.
The Ladies European Tour rankings for the European Solheim Cup team are still dominated by Sweden’s Linn Grant and Maja Stark, while England’s Georgia Hall is at the top of the world rankings, closely followed by Celine Boutier.
Jessica Korda out through injury
When it comes to the Team U.S, the main news has been Jessica Korda’s indefinite withdrawal from competition due to a back injury.
With the Solheim Cup just around the corner, the 30-year-old’s participation in the tournament for the fourth time is a question mark and a headache for US captain Stacy Lewis.
Jessica Korda’s place in the world rankings for the US team has been taken by Ally Ewing behind Allisen Corpuz, while the LPGA rankings continue to be led by Jessica’s younger sister Nelly Korda ahead of Lilia Vu.
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