Date: June 15, 2016
Author: Martin Blake

Aussies jump to No. 4 in Crown

Australia has jumped into the No. 4 seeding for the UL International Crown women's teams event near Chicago next month after the performances of Su Oh and Minjee Lee at the Women's PGA Championship.

The Australians vaulted over Chinese Taipei when the teams and line-ups were finalised today.

Oh, Lee, Karrie Webb and Rebecca Artis will represent their country in the eight-team event, which is part of the LPGA Tour. The event is being played from 21-24 July at the Merit Club outside Chicago, where 16 years ago Webb won the US Open.

The 20-year-old Oh, who has raced to No. 40 in the world, is delighted to be playing the event for the first time.

"I can't wait to be part of the team,'' she said. "It'll just be the highlight of my career, I think, since we never get to play with a team. To represent Australia and to play in a team with Minjee and Karrie will be great.''

It is the second staging of the biennial International Crown event, worth $US1.6 million, and won by Spain in 2014. Australia finished eighth in the inaugural event.

South Korea will be the obvious favorite in 2016 with four players all ranked in the top 10 in the world — Inbee Park, Sei Young Kim, In Gee Chun and Amy Yang.

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.

Players from the winning team receive $100,000 each in prizemoney.