The LPGA has announced the list of 8 countries selected to participate in the 2014 International Crown: Australia, Chinese Taipei, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States.
Players from countries not eligible to participate in the Solheim Cup are particularly excited about this broadened opportunity to participate in an international match play event.
. . . normally we play a tournament for me and for us, but this tournament is for our country. . .
So Yeon Ryu, South Korea
The International Crown, a new LPGA-sanctioned event, will be played in 2014 July 24-27, 2014 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland. This first-of-its-kind global team match play competition is scheduled to be played biennially, in alternate years from the Solheim Cup.
Countries are selected based on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings as of November 18, 2013. The top 4 ranked players from each country generate a combined “country score” which sets the field of 8 participating countries.
The dynamic within the International Crown teams will differ dramatically from the Solheim Cup team dynamic. The smaller team size combined with the absence of an official captain will place more responsibility on the team, itself, for organizing and directing play.
. . .amongst yourselves you have to decide who’s going to be the leaders of the team. I figure you’re going to have to fire each other up to play well because obviously to win the International Crown everybody’s going to have to play well . . .
Christie Kerr, United States
Final teams for each country will be determined by players’ Rolex Rankings on Monday, March 31 and announced at the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship. Mark your calendars! We can expect some fierce battling for position among players hailing from the pre-selected countries.
The International Crown will feature three days of team four-ball matches and Sunday singles. We’re going to need to develop some fancy spreadsheets to track the scoring.
The eight countries will be divided into two pools, and each country will play two four-ball matches versus each of the other 3 countries in their pool. This will function as the cut point in the event.
The top two point-earning teams from each pool and one wild-card team will advance to Sunday singles play based on total earned points in pool play.
Each match in the 4-ball competitions will be worth a total of two points, with two points awarded for a win and one to each team for a draw.
All points will be carried over to Sunday’s singles matches where each country will play one singles match versus each of the other four countries. At the conclusion of play on Sunday, the country with the highest four-day combined point total will be “Crowned” the best golf nation in the world.