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Eyeing spots on Solheim, Olympic teams, Americans off to good starts at USWO

SAN FRANCISCO – Americans bidding for spots on the U.S. Solheim Cup and Olympics groups are within the hunt early at the U.S. Women’s Open. Lexi Thompson, Angel Yin, Megan Khang, Marina Alex, Austin Ernst and Jennifer Kupcho all completed inside the highest 10 after Round 1 at The Olympic Club.

Yin completed birdie-eagle to shoot 3-under 68, trailing co-leaders Mel Reid and Megha Ganne by a shot.

“It validated I’m legit,” Yin stated at her Thursday press convention with snort.

“I’m just kidding. No, it just put a lot of confidence because I didn’t make any birdies on the front nine – well, first eight holes,” Yin added as gamers’ “back nine” begins on the ninth gap this week out of comfort.

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In 2017, Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster named Yin, then 19, a captain’s choose, and he or she grew to become the youngest participant on both staff. A win or excessive end this week would bump Yin up within the Solheim rankings, the place she is at the moment 17th. She says she’s not targeted on what’s forward, besides her recreation plan for Round 2.

“The whole entire field is really tight,” stated Yin, who’s ranked 72nd on this planet. “Everyone is good all around the world and competing here. Just got to keep my head down and keep hitting fairways and greens, make putts, all that.”

Thompson, who’s at the moment the third-ranked American on this planet and fifth within the U.S. Solheim standings, shot a stable 2-under spherical on Thursday.

“It’s honestly just a blessing to be out here and playing this golf course. It’s unbelievable,” stated Thompson, who at 26 is making her 15th U.S. Women’s Open look. “I’m just looking forward to the week. I’ve just been trying to enjoy myself more and not really have golf be life or death.”

Additionally, former Augusta National Women’s Amateur champion Jennifer Kupcho is on the lookout for a excessive end to bump her rating.

The prime 9 gamers in Solheim standings will routinely make the U.S. staff and captain Pat Hurst will get three wild-card picks. The U.S. can have up to 4 gamers on its Olympics staff, if all 4 are ranked inside the highest 15 within the rankings.

Kupcho is at the moment 13th within the Solheim standings and 21st within the Rolex Rankings – seventh amongst Americans.

“I kind of just treat every tournament as the same, come out and try to play my best in all parts of my game,” stated Kupcho, however that doesn’t imply she’s not fascinated by the chance to symbolize the United States this summer time.

“Playing the Curtis Cup [in 2018] and representing the USA was the greatest experience I could have imagined,” she stated. “It was so fun to come together as a team with girls that I had been competing against for so long. It would be super cool to play on Solheim or the Olympic team because it really is such a great experience to represent the red, white and blue.”

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