Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, with 198 top-10 LPGA finishes on her resume, with 57 pro victories across four Tours, two-time winner of both the US Women’s Open and the Kraft Nabisco Championship, and 18-year old Minjee Lee, top-ranked amateur in the world, are looking like one of the hottest pairings at the International Crown. The duo knocked down Republic of Korea team Na Yeon Choi and IK Kim in the first round, putting two points on the board for Team Australia, and they’re taking on Team Japan’s Mika Miyazato and Mamiko Higa in Friday’s second round.
Team Japan is coming into the second round at the International Crown with three points on the board and a slim edge over Team Australia. Ai Miyazato and Sakura Yokomine played their match against Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg and Mikaela Lindberg to a 2-up ending for two points and Mika Miyazato and Yokomine endd round one all square in their match with Caroline Hedwall and Anna Nordqvist.
Team Japan will use the same pairings in round two that they used in round one. While on paper the Webb-Lee pairing is considerably stronger that the Mika Miyazato/Higa duo, the match play format has an enduring element of surprise to it; and Team Japan’s team approach is a bit different from the pattern of strategizing that other teams are following.
Ai Miyazato explained:
I think we’re going to [play] as individuals keep the routine and ourselves. But we haven’t had a team meeting like yet this week, not even other than the one time.
Round Two Schedule
The second round of four-ball matches begins Friday at 9am and Golf Channel coverage of the round in progress begins at 11:30am ET. The Australia-Japan matches are third and fourth in the line-up. Will Webb and Lee slay another giant on Friday?
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