LPGA International Crown Preview
By Torleif Sorenson on 7/24/14
This morning, the first-ever LPGA International Crown begins at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland. The LPGA and event organizers decided that the match-play format would pit four-player teams from eight nations against each other. The eight countries were determined by the combined Women's World Golf Rankings (WWGR) of the top four players from all nations with at least four ranked players following last year's Titleholders championship last November.
From there, the field of 32 golfers was determined by the WWGR following the LPGA Kia Classic on March 30. The four highest-ranked golfers from each of the pre-qualified countries were selected.
The teams were split into two pools:
Major champions are listed in bold
Over each of the first three days, each team will face the other three teams in their pool in round-robin fourball competition. On Saturday evening, the teams will be re-seeded based on the total points they earned in pool play.
On Sunday, the top two teams from each pool and one wild-card team will participate in singles matches, with each team facing a competitor from every other team. The team with the most total points from both pool play and singles matches wins the International Crown.
And, literally, each player on the winning team gets a crown, too:
Sunday coverage on Golf Channel will also run from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT.
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