Wednesday, December 4, 2013

International Crown - Players Still Fighting for Spots

When the 2013 LPGA season came to an end, so did the race for qualifying for the inaugural International Crown that will be played in 2014. Well, sort of anyway. The countries will no longer be vying for position, as that part of the qualifying process has come to an end. The 8 countries are now set. They are as follows:

1- South Korea
2- United States
3- Japan
4- Spain
5- Thailand
6- Sweden
7- Chinese Taipei
8- Australia

So now all we have to do is wait until the tournament is played next year?
No, not so quick.
LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan has made sure that we'll still have to pay close attention next year, by keeping the battle for the players representing the above countries open.

Over the course of the next four months, players who hail from the eight qualifying countries will continue to battle for positioning on their respective teams based on their position in the Rolex World Rankings.  Final country rosters from the pre-qualified countries – and their final team seeding for the event - will be announced on Monday, March 31st at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. 

Here is how it stacks up as of today, with Rolex Ranking in parenthesis.

South Korea - Would be #1 seed with total of 23.
Inbee Park (1)
Na Yeon Choi (7)
So Yeon Ryu (5)
I.K. Kim (10)
On the outside looking in:
Jiyai Shin (14)
Amy Yang (15)
Hee Young Park (17)
This team will certainly be favored to win.

United States - #2 seed, total 37
Stacy Lewis (3)
Lexi Thompson (9)
Cristie Kerr (12)
Paula Creamer (13)
On the outside:
Angela Stanford (16)
Lizette Salas (20)
Gerina Piller (36)
Jessica Korda (39)
Can you imagine this team without Paula or Cristie? They must watch their backs as that is a real possibility. The young guns are coming quickly.

Japan - #3 seed, total 110
Ai Miyazato  (18)
Mika Miyazato  (21)
Sakura Yokomine  (34)
Rikako Morita (37)
On the outside:
Miki Saiki (43)
Mamika Higa (50)
Shiho Oyama (51)
Yumika Yoshida (52)
Chie Arimura (62)
I see a real dogfight here that will not be decided until the very end.

Spain - #4 seed, total 258
Beatriz Recari - (19)
Azahara Munoz (30)
Carlotta Ciganda (41)
Belen Mozo (168)
On the outside:
Mireya Prats (249)
A real dark horse team. If Belen ever starts to live up to her expectations, watch out!

Thailand - #5 seed, total 284
Ariya Jutanugarn (32)
Pornanong Phatlum (38)
Moriya Jutanugarn - (87)
Thidapa Suwannapura - (127)
On the outside:
Onnarin Sattayabanphot - (141)
This team needs a healthy Ariya to compete.

Sweden - #6 seed, total 310
Caroline Hedwall (23)
Anna Nordqvist (26)
Pernilla Lindberg (117)
Mikela Parmlid (144)
On the outside:
Karin Sjodin (174)
Linda Wessberg (214)
Caroline went 5-0-0 in the Solheim Cup, so who knows.

Chinese Taipei - #7 seed, total 339
Yani Tseng (29)
Teresa Lu (56)
Candie Kung (89)
Hsuan-Yu Yao (165)
On the outside:
Jun-Jye Wei (205)
With Yani becoming "just another player," this team doesn't look as strong as the six above.

Australia - #8 seed, total 351
Karrie Webb (8)
Katherine Hull-Kirk (102)
Stacey Keating (115)
Lindsey Wright (126)
On the outside:
Rebecca Artis (156)
Sarah Jane Smith (185)
I don't see this team as a threat, but stranger things have happened.

Although the 8 countries competing have been set, the seeding can still change.

I will keep everyone updated as we get closer to the cut off date.




1 comment:

  1. For Australia, as Lydia Ko is now on the rookie list in 2014, will she get the chance to play for International Crown? This will make Australia to the 4th seed.

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