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UL International Crown Update

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The third playing of the UL International Crown will be played in Icheon, South Korea from October 4-7, 2018. It will be hosted by Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.

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The Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea is within the Songdo international business district.

Team Selection

The field of eight countries will be determined by the combined Rolex World Ranking of the top four players from each country as of the Rolex World Rankings published on June 4, on the Monday after the 2018 U.S. Women's Open Championship. Countries must have a minimum of four ranked players to be eligible. Note that this date will determine the eight countries that qualify for the event. It does not guarantee a spot on the team for the four players whose rankings were used to calculate the country rank.

Player Selection

The final field of 32 players will be determined via the Rolex World Rankings on July 1,

on the Monday after the 2018 KPMG Women's PGA Championship. At this point, the top-4 ranked players from each pre-qualified country will qualify for their respective country’s team. Note that if a player ranked in the top-4 of a pre-qualified country chooses not to compete or is unable to compete, the spot will be filled by the next highest ranked player available from the Rolex World Ranking for that country.

Over the next several months, much will be written about the countries vying to qualify for one of the top eight positions. Even more will be written about the players fighting for spots on those teams that qualified.

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

1- South Korea - 19
Sung Hyun Park (2)
So Yeon Ryu (3)
In Gee Chun (8)
In-Kyung Kim (8)
On the outside looking in:
Hye-Jin Choi (11)
Sei Young Kim (12)
Inbee Park (13)
Mirim Lee (19)
Jin-Young Ko (20)
Jeongeun Lee (23)
Mi Jung Hur (25)
Jiyai Shin (26)

2- United States -  47
Lexi Thompson (4)
Cristie Kerr (9)
Stacy Lewis (16)
Danielle Kang (18)
On the outside looking in:
Jessica Korda (25)
Michelle Wie (27)
Lizette Salas (29)
Brittany Altomare (42)
Angel Yin (44)
Gerina Piller (45)
Marina Alex (48)

3- Japan - 165
Ai Suzuki - (31)
Haru Nomura (41)
Nasa Hataoka (46)
Fumika Kawagishi (47)
On the outside looking in:
Momoko Ueda (59)
Ritsuko Ryu (68)
Misuzu Narita (81)
Mamiko Higa (86)

4- England - 225
Charley Hull (28)
Georgia Hall (36)
Jodi Ewart Shadoff (43)
Mel Reid (118)
On the outside looking in:
Florentyna Parker (123)

5- Australia - 235
Minjee Lee (17)
Katherine Kirk (56)
Su-Hyun Oh (77)
Sarah Jane Smith (85)
On the outside looking in:
Karrie Webb (97)

6- Thailand - 288
Ariya Jutanugarn (7)
Moriya Jutanugarn (21)
Pornanong Phatlum (87)
Onnarin Sattayabanphot (169)
On the outside looking in:
Thidapa Suwannapura (173)

7- Chinese Taipei - 333
Teresa Lu  (32)
Candie Kung  (80)
Wei-Ling Hsu (84)
Hsuan-Yu Yao (137)
On the outside looking in:
Pei-Ying Tsai (174)
Pei-Yun Chien (177)

8- Sweden - 334
Anna Nordqvist (5)
Madelene Sagstrom (74)
Pernilla Lindberg (98)
Caroline Hedwall (157)
On the outside looking in:
Camilla Lennarth (200)
The above 8 countries would qualify for the International Crown as of today.

On the outside:
9- Spain - (429)
Carlota Ciganda (22)
Azahara Munoz (67)
Beatriz Recari (120)
Belen Mozo (220)

10- China - 433
Shanshan Feng (1)
Haruka Morita-Wanyaolu (96)
Jing Yan (150)
Xiyu Lin (186)

It would appear at this time that the top 6 countries are in. The real battle is going to be between the countries currently in the 7-10 spots. Those four countries are battling for the remaining 2 spots.

I will continue to keep everyone updated as we get closer to the above deadlines.

This Week's Trivia Question:

What player was amongst the leaders in top 25 finishes in 2017 with fourteen, but only managed to turn four of them into top tens?

For the the answer to this week's trivia question press here.

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