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Preview: LPGA Tour’s International Crown

Preview – LPGA Tour –International Crown –Caves Valley Golf Club – Owings, Maryland –

Caves Valley Golf Club near Baltimore hosts the inaugural International Crown this week on the LPGA Tour.

Eight countries, made up of four players each, qualified back in April for this event which features Best-Ball and Singles Matches. The eight countries include the United States, Republic of Korea, Spain, Australia, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Japan and Sweden.

The U.S. squad, featuring Rolex Ranking No. 1 Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer, enter at the No. 1 overall seed. The teams are separated into two Pool Groups. Thursday’s day one matches are Best-Ball formats – Spain takes on Thailand in the first match at 9 a.m. local time.

Japan takes on Sweden, Republic of Korea battles Australia and the U.S. goes against Chinese Taipei in the final matches beginning at 10:30 a.m. Victories are worth two points, while halved matches are worth one.

The top two teams from each Pool advance to Sunday Singles along with one wild card choice, qualifying in a play-in match.

Since the teams are made up of four players based on the Rolex Rankings, the field is stacked with some of the games top players including Inbee Park, leading the South Korean squad, former World No. 1 players Yani Tseng (Chinese Taipei) and Ai Miyazato (Japan), Hall of Famer Karrie Webb (Australia) and Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist, a two-time LPGA Tour winner this season.

The U.S. team of Lewis and Thompson has three LPGA Tour victories between them this season. They close out day one matches against Tseng and Phoebe Yao.

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