Top-Ranked Players, Major Champions and LPGA Tour Winners highlight field at Merit Club
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 22, 2016 — The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) confirmed today the final field of 32 players who will represent the eight countries in the UL International Crown to be held July 19-24 at Merit Club in Gurnee, Ill.
Four players who qualified for their respective country teams based on their Rolex Ranking at the conclusion of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be unable to compete due to injury or schedule conflict.
The Republic of Korea’s Inbee Park withdrew due to a thumb injury and will be replaced by So Yeon Ryu who competed alongside Park in the biennial event’s first staging in 2014. Ha Na Jang was the first alternate for Team Korea but will not be able to compete.
“After the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, I met with doctors and my medical team and they strongly recommended rest for my left thumb injury to heal,” Park said in a statement. “In addition, the UL International Crown is currently one month away and I’m uncertain my injury would heal within that time frame. Therefore, with my unfortunate injury conditions, I am sad to say I cannot commit to UL International Crown this year and giving an opportunity to one of my Korean colleagues seemed more appropriate.”
Shiho Oyama of Japan will be replaced by Ai Suzuki after withdrawing due to a back injury and Simin Feng will compete for Team China after Shi Yuting withdrew due to a schedule conflict.
Substitutions will not be allowed once pairings are published on Tuesday, July 19 for the first round of matches.
The final country seeds and team rosters are as follows:
|POOL "A"||POOL "B"|
|#1||REPUBLIC OF KOREA||#2||UNITED STATES|
|Sei Young Kim||Lexi Thompson|
|In Gee Chun||Stacy Lewis|
|Amy Yang||Gerina Piller|
|So Yeon Ryu||Cristie Kerr|
|Minjee Lee||Haru Nomura|
|Su Oh||Mika Miyazato|
|Karrie Webb||Ayaka Watanabe|
|Rebecca Artis||Ai Suzuki|
|Teresa Lu||Ariya Jutanugarn|
|Candie Kung||Pornanong Phatlum|
|Yani Tseng||Moriya Jutanugarn|
|Ssu-Chia Cheng||Porani Chutichai|
|Shanshan Feng||Charley Hull|
|Xi Yu Lin||Holly Clyburn|
|Jing Yan||Melissa Reid|
|Simin Feng||Jodi Ewart Shaddoff|
The eight qualified countries were seeded #1 through #8 and divided into two pools based on the cumulative team score of the four players’ Rolex World Ranking. Each country will play two, four-ball matches between each of the other three countries in their pool (Thursday - Saturday). The top two point-earning countries from each pool and one wild card country will advance to play in Sunday’s single matches. Two points will be awarded per match (two for a win and one for a halve). The total cumulative points from Thursday - Sunday will determine the champion.
|POOL "A"||POOL "B"|
|#1||Republic of Korea||vs.||#8||China||#2||United States||vs.||#7||England|
|#1||Republic of Korea||vs.||#5||Chinese Taipei||#2||United States||vs.||#6||Thailand|
|#1||Republic of Korea||vs.||#4||Australia||#2||United States||vs.||#3||Japan|
Tickets can be ordered online at www.ULCrown.com. Daily tickets start at $20 with weekly tickets priced at $115. In addition, several all-inclusive ticket packages are available including our upgraded ticket option the International Pavilion located adjacent to the 9th and 17th holes that start at $205 for the week.
Children 17 and under receive complimentary admission to the Grounds and the International Pavilion with a paying adult holding the same ticket. Active, retired, and reserve military members and their dependents receive complimentary admission to the Grounds with a valid ID. Proceed to main gate to redeem the complimentary tickets.