Spain wins inaugural International Crown|
Owings Mills, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Belen Mozo defeated Thailand's Moriya
Jutanugarn, 3 & 2, in the third-to-last match of the day to clinch the
inaugural International Crown for Spain.
Mozo drained a big birdie putt at the par-5 16th hole and then watched as
Jutanugarn's birdie try just rolled past the hole, clinching the title for
With teammates Carlota Ciganda and Beatriz Recari having already won earlier
in the day to pick up four points for Spain, a win from Mozo meant no other
team could catch up despite two more matches still going on at Caves Valley
Spain swept all four of their singles matches on Sunday to finish with 15
points for the week, which was four points better than second-place Sweden.
Ciganda defeated Korea's Na Yeon Choi, 8 & 6, Recari topped Sweden's Mikaela
Parmlid, 3 & 2, and Azahara Munoz beat Japan's Ai Miyazato, 2 & 1, to go along
with Mozo's win.
"I can't even tell you how I feel right now. It's been such an amazing week
for us. We've had such a good time," said Munoz, who was still on the course
when Mozo clinched the title. "When we knew we won on the 15th green I almost
lost it. I don't know how I could keep playing because I was going to get a
heart attack, so it's just super-exciting that we won the first ever
International Crown and I'm so proud to be from where I am. It's just
Sweden, which started the day with seven points along with Spain and Thailand,
got wins from Pernilla Lindberg and Anna Nordqvist. Lindberg defeated
Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn, 6 & 5, while Nordqvist beat Japan's Mamiko Higa,
3 & 2, to give Sweden 11 points and a second-place finish.
Japan finished tied for third with 10 points after beginning the day in first
with eight. Japan got just two points on Sunday from Mika Miyazato, who beat
Thailand's Onnarin Sattayabanphot, 3 & 1.
Korea also ended with 10 points after making it to Sunday's singles match play
by defeating the United States in a wild-card playoff on Saturday. Korea
received four points with wins from Inbee park and So Yeon Ryu. Park beat
Sweden's Caroline Hedwall, 4 & 2, while Ryu topped Japan's Sakura Yokomine, 1-
Thailand earned just two points on Sunday when Pornanong Phatlum beat Korea's
I.K. Kim, 1-up. Thailand ended in fifth place with nine points, while the
United States (6), Chinese Taipei (4) and Australia (3) were eliminated on
The wins by Ciganda and Lindberg had Spain and Sweden tied at nine points
apiece early, and the two teams were joined by Thailand following Phatlum's
Recari and Nordqvist finished their matches off around the same time as each
other, keeping Spain and Sweden knotted at 11. Recari's win over Parmlid
proved to be huge, however, as Nordqvist was the last Swede left on the
course, while the Spaniards still had two.
In the deciding match, Mozo found herself down early when Moriya Jutanugarn
birdied No. 4 to go 1-up. Mozo got that hole right back with a birdie at No.
5, but another birdie by Jutanugarn at No. 6 had her 1-up yet again.
Mozo had another answer, however, as she parred No. 7 to square things up.
Jutanugarn did not lead again.
Mozo captured the next two holes as well to go 2-up. Jutanugarn birdied No. 10
to shrink the deficit to one, but another birdie by Mozo at 12 had her 2-up
again. The duo halved the next three holes before Mozo closed things out with
her birdie on 16.
"I'm playing really good golf and I'm committing to my spots. That's all you
want," Mozo said following her match. "I played against Mo [Jutanugarn]. She's
such a big superstar. She plays amazing golf. I'm thrilled and I can't wait to
celebrate with my teammates."
NOTES: Mozo (112) was the only player on Spain who is not ranked inside the
top 100 in the world. Munoz is the highest ranked player at 20, while Recari
and Ciganda are 37 and 63, respectively ... The LPGA Tour next heads to Grand
Rapids, Michigan in two weeks for the Meijer LPGA Classic, which is also a
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