The 2013 Solheim Cup is nearly upon us, as Team USA and Europe prepare to go to battle in the biennial event. With players competing year round for a spot in the prestigious outing, many will evaluate their ability to contribute by citing their current ranking in the Solheim Cup standings.
The question is, which players will outperform their current placement once the event commences?
Players have been earning points towards the 2013 Solheim Cup since the CN Canadian Women's Open held on Aug. 25, 2011. For Team USA, the top eight players in the rankings earn automatic bids, with two players from the LPGA Rolex Rankings and two captain picks also earning places.
Here's who will outclass their current seeding.
LPGA Rank: No. 44
Solheim Cup Rank: No. 5 (269)
Solheim Cup Appearance: 4th (4-6-1)
When you evaluate Brittany Lincicome's Solheim Cup resume, the first thing that jumps off of the page is that this is her fourth appearance. The second number that may catch your eye is her record of 4-6-1 at the event.
Just don't read too much into the latter statistic.
Lincicome was 0-2-1 in 2007, but went 2-2-0 in both 2009 and 2011. She was also a two-time member of the Junior Solheim Cup squad, which gives her a grand total of five events experience entering this year's clash.
Something tells us this will be the year she dominates.
Lincicome was 2-1-0 prior to her singles match against Christel Boeljon in 2011, but fell short of expectations on that stage. This was just one year removed from her win over Sophie Gustafson, which was evidence enough to show that she can win when it matters.
Expectations are high in 2013 and we suspect she'll break out and exceed her already solid ranking of No. 5 for Team USA.
LPGA Rank: No. 20
Solheim Cup Rank: No. 10 (219 points)
Solheim Cup Appearance: 4th (7-2-2)
Morgan Pressel is currently No. 20 on the LPGA Tour and, more applicably, No. 10 in the Solheim Cup rankings. With that being said, few rival Pressel in terms of past success amongst players on this year's USA squad.
In four appearances, she's 7-2-2 and a perfect 3-0-0 in singles competition.
Will Morgan Pressel remain perfect in Solheim Cup singles matches?
The latter number is the key here, as the U.S. lost the 2011 Solheim Cup during the singles match stage. With her team's leaders, Paula Creamer and Stacy Lewis, losing the first two matches played in 2011, Pressel responded with a 2-and-1 victory over Anna Nordqvist.
Her teammates failed to respond in the same manner, but Pressel proved that she is the true model of consistency at this event.
There's no guaranteeing Pressel's success in 2013, but if anyone can grant the U.S. a reason for confidence, it's her. Fresh off of a fourth-place finish at the Women's British Open, it's safe to say that momentum is on her side.
Expect a performance that exceeds a ranking of No. 10 in the Solheim Cup rankings from one of Team USA's most reliable competitors.
LPGA Rank: No. 55
Solheim Cup Rank: No. 13 (160.5 points)
Solheim Cup Appearance: 3rd (4-3-1)
Michelle Wie was a captain's choice this year, thus being selected to her third career Solheim Cup appearance. While the 23-year-old may be struggling to live up to her superstar potential, that hardly discredits her past success in this event.
Wie was 3-0-1 in 2009, which nearly offsets her 1-3-0 performance in 2011.
There's a chance that Wie posts the same numbers in 2013, specifically with a tough European squad ahead of her. With that being said, Wie played well in both of her singles competitions and was likely brought on for that very reason.
Expect her to prove that she's not just a flash in the pan at this event with yet another quality performance.
Wie has been paired with Cristie Kerr during the Foursomes stage in two consecutive events, winning both times. She also fared well in singles competition, experiencing her lone loss against revered veteran Suzann Peterson by 1-down.
For one reason or another, Wie seems to thrive in direct competition with her peers.