The four-day inaugural International Crown kicks off today, where thirty-two players on eight teams will battle it out on the links at Maryland's Caves Valley Golf Club to prove which country in the world reigns supreme in women’s golf. It’s the first truly international tournament for the LPGA.
Teams from the United States, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Thailand will shuffle through two pools until the top four teams face off in 10 singles matches on Sunday. The U.S. is seeded No. 1 in Pool A, and South Korea takes the top spot in Pool B. The country with the most points after four days takes home the Crown.
Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr will represent the U.S. and aim to keep their seed right where it is, at the top.
While the Crown also will happen every two years, it’s not like the Solheim Cup –- pitting only the U.S. against Europe –- and there are no captains. Just pure, girl-power teamwork.
What the International Crown offers that the Solheim doesn’t is the ability to see how pro golfers from different countries stack up against each other. It also gives the LPGA more exposure worldwide, which is vital for an international organization.
“Only countries that have produced the best female teams can compete and only four players from any one country will be invited,” LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan said in a press release. “The International Crown will take women’s golf to the next level and allow fans to rally behind their homelands.” For more news that golfers everywhere are talking about, follow @si_golf on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube video channel.