I like what I’m seeing from Emily Pedersen. The rookie has made 8 LPGA starts and 8 LPGA cuts. She’s finished inside the top 25 in 6 of those events and she recorded her season-best finish last week at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, a T13, playing in very testing conditions.
Pedersen has also made 4 starts at LET events this year, in addition to the Scottish Open, that mirror her LPGA record. She ranks 7th among the European players in Solheim Cup points, not enough to get her a secure berth on Team Europe but enough to have Annika Sörenstam giving her a close look as one of the four wild card picks. She outranks Azahara Muñoz, Sandra Gal, and Caroline Masson, all experienced and talented Team Europe staples.
While Solheim Cup points may not be a valid gauge of Pedersen’s strength coming into the Women’s British Open, she knows what’s on the line this week and the possibility of a tap on her shoulder is certainly incentive.
That incentive, combined with a solid, well-rounded game without any serious weaknesses – Pedersen ranks 10th on the Tour in sub-par rounds – and her demonstrated ability to deliver in testing conditions gets Pedersen a spot on my top-10 list this week.