UL International Crown – What we’ve learned so far

Despite the UL International Crown weather delay, we nevertheless have learned several lessons during the first 2 days of competition.

The LPGA‘s UL International Crown is in a weather delay as the tournament and Mother Nature, aka Tropical Storm Kong-Rey, battle head-to-head.

With two and one-half days of play in the books, here is what we’ve learned so far:

Lessons Learned

  • You can’t fool Mother Nature.  The corollary is that you also can’t fight Mother Nature.  Tropical Storm Kong-Rey is pelting Korea with hurricane-type rain, and no course anywhere can overcome that.  According to the tournament organizers, the earliest possible time to resume competition will be at 2:30 p.m. local time Saturday.  That would be 1:30 EDT on the east coast in the States.  But I wouldn’t bet a lot of money that schedule will hold.
  • The Korean juggernaut is not unbeatable.  Home course or not.  Korea currently holds a 3-1 record, with the twosome of Sung Hyun Park and I.K. Kim losing to the Australian contingent of Su Oh and Katherine Kirk, three and two.
  • England is in the driver’s seat.  Or boat captain’s seat, in that weather.  They have the best record of the eight teams, with a 3-0-1 tally after two days of play.  Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Bronte Law and Jodi Ewart Shadoff have played lights out.  With that said, when play was suspended in their match against Korea on Day 3, Park and Kim have a commanding 4 up through 8 holes lead against Hull/Hall.  So far, that is the match of the tournament.
  • Many interested observers, including yours truly, thought Thailand was a strong dark horse, especially with the Jutanugarn sisters as half the team.  That hasn’t been the case, as Thailand is tied with Japan for last place in Pool B with a 1-2-1 record.  Although the Jutanugarns have not played together during the first two days, they changed things up on Day 3, and are 3-up through 14 holes against Sweden’s Nordqvist/Headwall duo.  However, for them to advance, it will take the Phatlum/Santiwiwatthanaphong paring to overcome their 2-down through 13 holes standing against Lindberg/Sagstrom.
  • The time difference makes it difficult to follow.  That is the case with any sporting event in Asia, whether it is the Olympic Games, or the President’s Cup, the UL International Crown.
  • The Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea seems to be a great venue for match play.  The first hole is a birdie hole (unlike at the Ryder Cup, for example) so the ladies have to come out of gate firing at the flag.  Many other birdie chances are out there for the taking.

Stay Tuned

Weather permitting, the final holes of round three will be completed today (local time).  This will give course officials the opportunity to ready the course for the singles competition among the five teams which qualify with the best records from match play.

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Who are you liking for the UL International Crown? Can Team USA focus their energy and pull ahead or will Team England maintain momentum? What about Team Korea? Will the partisan gallery rekindle their game or create too much stress for them to manage?