Sorenstam Creamer to Team at Lexus Cup


SINGAPORE -- Annika Sorenstam and Paula Creamer will put aside their differences Friday when they pair up in the first round of the Lexus Cup women's team tournament.
'Throughout this season, we've played against each other and now it'll be great to team with her as a partner,' International team captain Sorenstam said Thursday in Singapore ahead of the Ryder Cup-style tournament that pits Asia's best against a squad of international selections.
'It's a fun pairing, we want to come up strong,' she said.
A few weeks ago at the ADT Championship in West Palm Beach, Fla., the top-ranked Sorenstam had a disagreement Creamer, a 19-year-old rising rookie. The dispute came on the 18th fairway in the first round when Creamer disagreed with where Sorenstam's tee shot crossed the hazard and whether she should have gone back to the tee for her next shot.
Sorenstam went on to win the tournament, and did not mention the disagreement at the press conference.
The pair will take on top 10-ranked South Koreans Jeong Jang and Meena Lee in a first-round match at the $960,000. Sorenstam said she was confident of victory against Asia, led by South Korea's Grace Park, at Tanah Merah Country Club.
Sorenstam thinks the international team holds an edge because its team includes Solheim Cup veterans Natalie Gulbis of the United States, England's Karen Stupples and Catriona Matthew and Janice Moodie of Scotland.
But Park, who has six wins on the U.S. LPGA Tour, said her squad had a home advantage.
'Asia is rooting for Asia, right?' Park said. 'Being in Asia will definitely go with us and hopefully help us with the spectators and fans out there.'
Two-time U.S. LPGA Tour winner Jennifer Rosales of the Philippines is vice-captain of the Asia team, which also includes U.S. Open champion Birdie Kim of South Korea and Candie Kung of Taiwan.
Play switches to a four-ball format Saturday and head-to-head singles Sunday.
Each player on the winning team takes home $50,000, while the losers get $30,000 at the end of the three-day tournament.
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