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UL International Crown Preview & More

Congratulations go out to Lydia Ko for winning the Marathon Classic. She birdied the 4th playoff hole to defeat both Ariya Jutanugarn and Mirim Lee. It was the fourth time in the last 6 LPGA tournaments, that it took extra holes to determine a winner.




This week the LPGA takes a break from its official tournament schedule, for the playing of the International Crown. This is a biennial event that will take place in even numbered years, as opposed to the Solheim Cup's odd  numbered years. It is a global  matchplay competition  that will feature 8 countries battling for the rights to be called "The World's Best Golf Nation."


Here are the Key details:

Course:  Merit Club
Location:  Chicago, IL
Defending Champion:  Spain (did not qualify)
Winning Score:  15 points

Final Field:  32 Players
Par:  36/36=72
Yardage: 6,668 yards
Purse:  $1,600,000

I will post the matches/pairings as soon as they are made available.
The Merit Club

The final field of eight countries was determined by the combined Rolex World Rankings of the top four players from each country as of the Rolex World Rankings published at the conclusion of the 2016 ANA Inspiration on Monday, April4, 2016. (Countries must have had a minimum of four ranked players to be eligible.) The final field of 32 players was determined on Monday, June 13,2016 according to the Rolex World Rankings at the conclusion of the KMPG Women's PGA Championship.

The competition will take place over four days. It will feature three days of four-ball competition and one day of singles matches on Sunday. Five of the eight countries will advance to the Sunday singles matches based on the outcome of the four-ball matches contested Thursday – Saturday.

Points will be awarded per match based on the following - two 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 overall champion.

Each country will play two four-ball matches against each of the other three countries in their bracket.

At the conclusion of the three days of four-ball competition the two teams with the most points from each pool and one wild-card team will advance to Sunday Singles. In the event of a tie between teams tied for first or tied for second in each pool, the following tie-breaker will be used:

1. Total points accumulated in head-to-head match-ups between the tied teams
2. Total number of matches won in all six four-ball matches
3. Highest seeded team entering competition

At the conclusion of the three days of four-ball matches, any country in third place or tied for third place in their respective pool will compete in a sudden-death, wild-card playoff to determine the final team to advance to Sunday's singles matches.

After the wild-card playoff, countries will be re-seeded #1 through 5 based on total points earned in the four-ball matches.  In the event of a tie during the re-seed, the following tie-breaker will be used:
1. Total points accumulated in all six four-ball matches
2. Total points earned in head to head matchup (if they were in the same pool)
3. Total number of matches won in all six four-ball matches
4. Highest seeded team entering competition

Each country will play one singles match against every other country

At the conclusion of the 10 Sunday singles matches, the country with the highest point total from the four days of competition will be “Crowned” the best golf nation in the world!

In the event of a tie after the Sunday singles matches, each country will select one player who will compete in a sudden-death playoff to determine the champion.

Other Tidbits:
The most useless and odd stat of the week: Pornaning Phatlum has finished tied for 32nd in each of her last 3 tournaments.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
Not much movement this week, Ariya Jutanugarn jumps over Amy Yang and into the #6 spot. Mirim Lee moves up from #31 to #25.

Race to the CME Globe: (1 Million Dollars)
Lydia Ko takes a commanding lead with 3,975 points. She is followed by Ariya Jutanugarn with 2,731, and Brooke Henderson with  2,561.

Who's Hot:
Lydia Ko leads the tour with ten top five finishes this year.
Stacy Lewis has 3 consecutive top 7 finishes.

Who's Not:

Na Yeon Choi has missed 3 consecutive cuts, and four in her last 5 starts.

I will be attending this tournament. Photos to follow.

Be sure to check back here daily for any LPGA news or updates.They will be posted here at the bottom of this blog.  Links to all Women's Tour scoreboards can be found at the top of this page.

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