Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - United States
Darkhorse - Spain
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lydia Ko) - Won
Last Week's Darkhorse (Julieta Granada) - Finished tied for 7th
NOTES:The best players in women's golf are in Maryland this week for the
inaugural International Crown. The global team match play is the first of its
kind in women's professional golf.
The competition will feature three days of four-ball competition and one day
of singles matches. Five of the eight countries will advance to the singles
matches on Sunday based on the outcome of the four-ball matches.
Points will be awarded per match with two points for a win, one for a tie and
zero for a loss. All points from the four-ball matches will carry over to
Sunday and the total cumulative points for the four days of competition will
be used to determine the champion.
The eight countries are divided into two pools of four teams. The United
States, Thailand, Spain and Chinese Taipei are in Pool A, while Korea, Japan,
Sweden and Australia are in Pool B. Each country will play two four-ball
matches against the other three countries in their pool. At the conclusion of
the three days of four-ball competition, the top two teams from each pool and
one wild-card team will advance to the Sunday singles. Any country in third
place or tied for third place in their pool will compete in a sudden-death,
four-ball playoff to determine the wild-card winner. Each country will play
one singles match against the other four countries. In the event of a tie
after the singles matches, each country will select one player who will
compete in a sudden-death playoff to determine the champion.
The final field of eight countries was determined by the combined Rolex World
Rankings of the top four players from each country on November 24, 2013.
Countries must have a minimum of four ranked players to be eligible. The final
field of 32 players was determined on March 31, 2014, according to the Rolex
The United States is the top seed in the competition. Stacy Lewis, Lexi
Thompson, Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer will represent the Americans. Lewis
is the top-ranked player in the world and is the only player with three
victories on the LPGA Tour this season. Thompson is ranked fifth in the world
and won her first major title at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April.
World No. 6 Michelle Wie is not on the American team because she was not one
of the United States' top-4 ranked players at the qualification deadline. Wie
has won twice since March 31, including the U.S. Women's Open Championship in
The matches are being held at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills,
Maryland. Caves Valley hosted the 2002 U.S. Senior Open, where Don Pooley
defeated Tom Watson in a 5-hole playoff. The course also staged the 1995 U.S.
Mid-Amateur and the 2005 NCAA Division I Men's Championship and 2009 NCAA
Division I Women's Golf Championships.
The 2016 International Crown will be held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar
Grove, Illinois. The LPGA Tour travels to Michigan in two weeks for the
inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids.
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