Day Two – LPGA Tour –International Crown –Caves Valley Golf Club – Owings, Maryland –
After a difficult first day at the International Crown this week on the LPGA Tour for the United States, the four-play squad shuttled its Four-Ball teams and rallied for a 2-0 Day Two.
The U.S. team, led by Stacy Lewis, earned four points Friday with two victories. Lewis teamed with Paula Creamer for a 2-UP triumph over Spain’s Azahara Munoz and Carlota Ciganda. The other match featured Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson scoring a 3&2 win against Beatriz Recari and Belen Mozo.
The top two teams from Pool A and Pool B advance after Saturday’s Four-Ball matches to Sunday Singles. One wild card team, which could come from either pool, also advances. Points do not re-set during Singles.
Thailand leads Pool A with five points after winning both of its matches Friday against Chinese Taipei. Thailand, led by Ariya Jutanugarn, was the No. 4 seed coming into the inaugural International Crown.
The U.S. and Chinese Taipei, headlined by former World No. 1 Yani Tseng, are tied for second in Pool A with four points. Saturday’s matches include the U.S. against Thailand.
In Pool B, Japan leads the way with six points through two days of matches. Team Japan rallied for the match of the day Friday when Ai Miyazato and Sakura Yokomine battled back from 6-DOWN with seven holes to play to earn a halve against the Australians.
South Korea, the overall No. 2 seed featuring Inbee Park, is second with four points.
Other Golf News:
- Jim Furyk is a co-leader through two rounds at the PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open at 11-under. Furyk has six Top 10s this season, but has no won a tournament in more than three seasons.
- Japan is the only team in the International Crown without a loss through two days of matches. They are 2-0-2 heading into Saturday and take on South Korea. The featured match up is Miyazato and Yokomine taking on I.K. Kim and Na Yeon Choi.
- Jason Gore is a co-leader at 11-under overall on the Web.com Tour at the Midwest Classic.
- David Horsey leads the European Tour’s M2M Russian Masters by two shots through 36 holes. He was a 25-1 pick to win the title heading into the week.