SAMMAMISH, Wash. – Will In Gee Chun and Ha Na Jang hold on to the final roster spots on the Republic of Korean team that has qualified for the UL International Crown?
Can Paula Creamer win her second major championship this week and make the American team headed to the international team event outside Chicago next month?
This week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship marks the last week players can qualify to make the eight teams that have already secured places in the UL International Crown July 22-24 at the Merit Club.
The Korean Republic, the United States, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, England, China and Australia all qualified back in April at the conclusion of the ANA Inspiration. The competition for roster spots among those nations continues through this week. The top four players from each nation in next week’s release of the Rolex Women’s World Rankings will secure spots on their teams.
The most compelling races involve the top two nations, with roster spots still being intensely competed for on the Korean and American teams.
Rolex world No. 2 Inbee Park has clinched a position on the Korean team and No. 5 Sei Young Kim appears safe, but No. 6 Chun and No. 8 Jang aren’t mathematically secure. Rolex world No. 9 Amy Yang, No. 11 So Yeon Ryu and No. 14 Hyo Joo Kim are all very much in the mix. In fact, two of the three could still move on to the team together. It’s that close in the intense Korean competition.
On the American team, Rolex No. 3 Lexi Thompson and No. 7 Stacy Lewis are locked in with No. 16 Gerina Piller and No. 20 Cristie Kerr not mathematically secure as No. 23 Jessica Korda, No. 25 Brittany Lincicome, No. 29 Alison Lee, No. 32 Morgan Pressel and No. 39 Brittany Lang are all still within qualifying reach.
At No. 50, Creamer also has a shot to make the American team but would need a victory to have a chance.
Here’s a look at how the International Crown teams are shaping up:
The Korean Republic
The top four: No. 2 Inbee Park, No. 5 Sei Young Kim, No. 6 In Gee Chun, No. 8 Ha Na Jang.
The next best: No. 9 Amy Yang, No. 11 So Yeon Ryu, No. 14 Hyo Joo Kim, No. 17 Bo Mee Lee.
The United States
The top four: No. 4 Lexi Thompson, No. 7 Stacy Lewis, No. 16 Gerina Piller, No. 20 Cristie Kerr.
The next best: No. 23 Jessica Korda, No. 25 Brittany Lincicome, No. 29 Alison Lee, No. 32 Morgan Pressel, No. 50 Paula Creamer.
The top four: No. 22 Haru Nomura, No. 40 Mika Miyazato, No. 41 Shiho Oyama, No. 43 Ayaka Watanabe.
The next best: No. 136 Wei-Ling Hsu, No. 168 Min Lee, No. 192 Hsuan-Yu Yao
The top four: No. 10 Ariya Jutanugarn, No. 30 Pornanong Phatlum, No. 95 Moriya Jutanugarn, No. 161 Nontaya Srisawang.
The next best: No. 163 Porani Chutichai, No. 184 Thidapa Suwannapura, No. 232 P.K. Kongkraphan.
The top four: No. 28 Charley Hull, No. 96 Holly Clyburn, No. 105 Melissa Reid, No. 148 Jodi Ewart-Shadoff.
The next best: No. 164 Florentyna Parker, No. 165 Georgia Hall.
The top four: No. 12 Shanshan Feng, No. 55 Xiyu Lin, No. 109 Jing Yan, No. 204 Yuting Shi.
The next best: No. 231 Simin Feng, No. 244 Haruka Morita-WanyaoLu, No. 266 Yan-Hong Pan.
The top four: No. 13 Minjee Lee, No. 51 Karrie Webb, No. 62 Su-Hyun Oh, No. 154 Rebecca Artis.
The next best: No. 199 Sarah Jane Smith, No. 246 Katherine Kirk, No. 250 Sarah Kemp.