All you need to know about the International Crown

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GURNEE, Ill. – Here are the basics you need to know about the LPGA’s UL International Crown, which begins Thursday at the Merit Club.

The Teams

Eight qualifying countries are divided into two pools. There are four players per team:

• Pool A – Republic of Korea, Australia, Chinese Taipei, China.

• Pool B – United States, Japan, Thailand, England.


The Seedings and Rosters

The countries are seeded based on the cumulative rankings of their top four players on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings as of June 13 (rankings in parentheses):

1. Republic of Korea: Sei Young Kim (5), In Gee Chun (7), Amy Yang (9), So Yeon Ryu (12).

2. United States: Lexi Thompson (3), Stacy Lewis (8), Gerina Piller (15), Cristie Kerr (21).

3. Japan: Haru Nomura (22), Ayaka Watanabe (45), Mika Miyazato (49), Ai Suzuki (59).

4. Australia: Minjee Lee (14), Su Oh (41), Karrie Webb (60), Rebecca Artis (182).

5. Chinese Taipei: Teresa Lu (32), Candie Kung (33), Yani Tseng (78), Ssu-Chia Cheng (160).

6. Thailand: Ariya Jutanugarn (6), Pornanong Phatlum (34), Moriya Jutanugarn (77), Porani Chutichai (169).

7. England: Charley Hull (27), Holly Clyburn (114), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (92), Melissa Reid (123).

8. China: Shanshan Feng (13), Xi Yu Lin (52), Jing Yan (99), Simin Feng (238).


The Purse

$1.6 million (with a winner's share of $100,000 per player).


The Format

Round-Robin Pool Play:

• Countries play matches against the countries within their own pool over the first three days, playing two fourball (best-ball) matches against every other country.

• Each team plays a different country (within its pool) each day.

• Points are awarded for a win (2 points) and a halved match (1 point).


Qualifying for Sunday

• The two countries with the most points in each pool automatically advance to Sunday.

• If there is a tie for first or second within a pool, the following tie-breaker will be used:

Total points accumulated in head-to-head matchups between the tied teams.

Total number of matches won in all six four-ball matches.

Highest seeded team entering competition.

• The country with the third most points in each pool will compete in a wildcard playoff on Saturday night to determine the fifth and final country to advance to Sunday.

• Each country in the wild-card playoff must choose two players to represent it (within 5 minutes of the conclusion of pool play). The format for the playoff will be hole-by-hole fourball until a winner emerges. The tie-breaker will be the second ball from each country.

For example, Chinese Taipei and Australia finish third in their respective pools and they are in the playoff. Chinese Taipei chooses Yani Tseng and Candie Kung. Australia chooses Karrie Webb and Minjee Lee. After the first playoff hole, the players make the following scores. Tseng 4, Kung 4, Webb 4, Lee 5. Chinese Taipei wins the playoff since Kung made 4 and Lee made 5.


Sunday Singles

• The five countries will be seeded based on their total points from the first three days.

• If countries are tied, the following tie-breaker will be used:

Total points earned in head-to-head matchup (if they were in the same pool).

Total number of matches won in all six four-ball matches.

Highest seeded team entering competition.

• With five teams advancing, that leaves 20 players for Sunday singles, setting up 10 matches. Each country will play one singles match against every other country. Click here for a look at the 2014 singles leaderboard.


The Crown

The country with the most points accumulated over four days wins. If there’s a tie after Sunday singles, a playoff will determine who wins the crown:

• Each country in the playoff must choose one player to represent it (within 5 minutes of the conclusion of play).

• The format will be hole-by-hole singles until a winner emerges.


TV Times

Thursday: Noon-4PM (Golf Channel)

Friday: Noon-4PM (Golf Channel)

Saturday: 3-7PM (Golf Channel)

Sunday: Noon-2PM (NBC) and 2-6PM (Golf Channel)