KPMG Women's PGA Championship review

With the countdown to the 2019 Solheim Cup ticking ever closer, the chances for players to earn their place at the biennial transatlantic contest are fast running out.

The host of European and American lining up in the third major of the year, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine National, do not only have the tournament on their minds but selection for women's golf's greatest team event this September.

The title was ultimately won by Australian Hannah Green after she held off defending champion Park Sung-hyun to claim her first major by just one shot in Minnesota.

But England’s Mel Reid also put her case forward for being one of Catriona Matthew’s four captain’s picks with a brilliant showing as she finished in a tie for third, three shots back.

Meanwhile, the top ten was littered with American stars who are coming into form at just the right time as they continue to demonstrate their worth to USA captain Juli Inkster.

With the Gleneagles showdown just around the corner, here’s a look at the big Solheim Cup storylines from a dramatic Women’s PGA Championship.

REID MAKES HER CASE

As a three-time Solheim Cup player, Reid has made no bones about her desire to make the European team once again for the latest edition at Gleneagles in September.

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But a mixed season meant her hopes would likely rest on being a captain’s pick, rather than earning her place on Matthew’s team through one of the automatic routes.

And after a good weekend at Meijer LPGA Classic a week earlier, Reid carried that momentum into the Women’s PGA Championship with four strong rounds to finish tied for third.

Her final round 66 even saw her take the clubhouse lead briefly before Green clinched the title. But for Reid, her focus remains on continuing her late charge for a Solheim Cup berth.

“Obviously, a lot of girls are playing really well,” she said. “I would pick me. I think I bring a lot to the table besides my golf game. I play really well with Carlota, and I obviously love playing Solheim.

“I know I’m in a position where they’ll probably have to pick me. Hopefully I keep the momentum up for the next six, seven events and then Catriona will hopefully have no choice but to pick me.”

USA PACK LEADERBOARD

While Reid was the best finisher for European hopefuls, she had plenty of company on the leaderboard from players who are closing in on the American team.

Potential Solheim Cup rookie Nelly Korda led the way by sharing third with Reid, shooting a final round of 71 to pip fellow USA hopefuls Danielle Kang and Lizette Salas by a shot.

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Megan Khang, another American looking in good shape for Inkster’s team, also enjoyed an excellent week on home soil as she sneaked inside the top ten with a two-under final round.

Jessica Korda, sister of Nelly, also did her chances of making Juli Inkster’s team no harm by finishing T21 alongside compatriot and five-time Solheim Cup star Brittany Lang on level par.

Lang has played the last five editions of the matchplay contest, winning 8.5 points from her 17 matches, and will hope her performance will have caught Inkster’s eye.

Lexi Thompson, a veteran of three Solheim Cups, finished in a tie for 26 with England’s Georgia Hall, who could be her potential rival at Gleneagles as a strong contender for Team Europe.
 

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