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U.S. sweeps Spain on second day of International Crown
Owings Mills, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - After finishing day one as the only team without a single point, the United States rebounded in a big way on Friday by winning both of its matches against No. 5 Spain at the International Crown.
Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson defeated Belen Mozo and Beatriz Recari, 3 & 2, while Paula Creamer and world No. 1 Stacy Lewis held on to beat Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz, 2-up, giving the top-seeded Americans their first four points of the week at Caves Valley Golf Club.
"I didn't feel any additional pressure at all. I think that put more fire into all of us coming into today," Thompson said about not having any points entering day two. "We all came out here with a lot of heart and played our own games and tried to make birdies and we did that."
The United States is now tied for second in Pool A, while Spain is fourth with three points.
No. 4 Thailand picked up four points on the second day with two wins over No. 8 Chinese Taipei. Ariya Jutanugarn and Moriya Jutanugarn beat Candie Kung and Teresa Lu, 3 & 2, while Pornanong Phatlum and Onnarin Sattayabanphot topped Yani Tseng and Phoebe Yao, 1-up.
Thailand leads the way in Pool A with five points as Chinese Taipei is tied with the U.S. for second with four points.
After two days, No. 3 Japan leads the way with six points in Pool B. Mamiko Higa and Mika Miyazato won 3 & 2 over Australia's Minjee Lee and Karrie Webb. Japan's Ai Miyazato and Sakura Yokomine stunned Australia, coming back from 6- down with seven holes to play to finish all-square.
Japan is in first place in Pool B, while No. 7 Australia is tied for third with three points.
No. 2 Korea and No. 6 Sweden each had a win against the other on Friday and each picked up two points. Sweden's Caroline Hedwall and Anna Nordqvist finished 1-up against Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu. Na Yeon Choi and I.K. Kim got revenge by beating Pernilla Lindberg and Mikaela Parmlid, 1-up.
Korea is in second in Pool B with four, while Sweden is tied with Australia at three points.
Through 11 holes, it seemed as if Ai Miyazato and Yokomine would be finishing their match early. At 6-down with seven to play, they could not afford to lose another hole and could only halve one hole if they had any chance of coming away with points.
Yokomine's birdie at No. 12 got things going for the Japanese. At the next hole, Kirk and Wright both made bogey, while Miyazato and Yokomine poured in pars to win their second straight hole and put the deficit at four.
Kirk and Wright tripped up again at No. 14 as both made double-bogey at the par-4, and all of a sudden their lead was just 3-up. The two teams halved No. 15 before Miyazato's birdie at 16 gave Japan yet another win.
Another birdie from Yokomine at 17 forced an 18th and deciding hole, which both Kirk and Wright bogeyed. Just like that, Japan halved the match to earn a point.
"It was just something clicked, and after 12, we kept the round going," Miyazato said. "It's match play. I thought it's just something that happens and the momentum is going to go the opposite way sometimes. And I realized that you never know what's going to happen until the end. And match play is great fun."
Creamer and Lewis were 3-up heading to the 15th hole, but Ciganda and Munoz earned wins at 15 and 17 to force a final hole. Lewis came through with a big birdie at No. 18, however, and the second United States team held to for the 2-up win.
NOTES: Saturday's matchups include: United States vs. Thailand, Spain vs. Chinese Taipei, Japan vs. Korea and Sweden vs. Australia ... The top-two teams in each pool advance to Sunday's singles matches. Any team in third place or tied for third place in its pool will compete in a sudden-death, wild-card playoff to determine the fifth and final team that advances to Sunday.
07/25 17:46:27 ET
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