Spain captures inaugural International Crown


OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Spaniards swept all four of their singles matches Sunday to win the inaugural International Crown at Caves Valley Golf Club.

Spain’s Belen Mozo clinched the victory with a 12-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole that closed out her 3-and-2 winy against Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn. The Spaniards finished with 15 points, winning easily. Sweden finished second with 11 points and Korea and Japan tied for third with 10 points each.

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Spain 15 7-2-1
Sweden 11 5-4-1
S. Korea 10 5-5-0
Japan 10 4-4-2
Thailand 9 4-5-1
*USA 6 3-3-0
*Chinese Taipei 4 2-4-0
*Australia 3 1-4-1

* Eliminated in pool play.


Match 1

South Korea’s Inbee Park def. Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall, 4 and 2.

The lowdown: Hedwall came into the match looking to extend her unbeaten streak in international team play to 10 straight, but Park ended the run. Park birdied the second hole and never surrendered the lead. 

Match 2

Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum def. South Korea’s I.K. Kim, 1  up.

The lowdown: Phatlum knocked the Americans out of this competition on Saturday, and she carried the momentum of that feat into Sunday. She won three of the four matches she played in the week.

Match 3

Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg def. Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, 6 and 5.

The lowdown: Lindberg picked up where she left off Saturday. She made five birdies in helping win a fourballs match on Saturday and made six birdies through the first 12 holes against Jutanugarn on Sunday.

Match 4

Spain’s Carlota Ciganda def. South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi, 8 and 6.

The lowdown: Ciganda birdied the first hole and never let up on Choi. Cigana made three consecutive birdies on two different runs and never lost a hole.

Match 5

South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu def. Japan’s Sakura Yokomine, 1 up.

The lowdown: In a tight match with the lead bouncing back and forth, Ryu won the 16th hole with a birdie and held on to win. Ryu won three of the four matches she played on the week.

Match 6

Spain’s Beatriz Recari def. Sweden’s Mikaela Parmlid, 3 and 2.

The lowdown: Recari birdied three of the first five holes to take command with a 3-up lead and didn’t need another birdie the rest of the way.

Match 7

Spain’s Anna Nordqvist defeated Japan’s Mamiko Higa, 3 and 2.

The lowdown: Nordqvist added to her successful Solheim Cup record, going undefeated at the inaugural International Crown. Nordqvist was the only player who didn’t lose a match in this event. She was 3-0-1.

Match 8

Spain’s Belen Mozo def. Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn, 3 and 2.

The lowdown: Mozo didn’t just win her match. She clinched for the Spaniards with a 12-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole that closed out her match against Jutanugarn.

Match 9

Japan’s Mika Miyazato def. Thailand’s Onnarin Sattayanbonphot, 3 and 1.

The lowdown: Miyazato went 2 up with birdies at the fourth and fifth holes and never trailed, but the outcome of her match didn’t matter to the team competition. Spain closed out the title before Miyazato’s match was finished.

Match 10

Spain’s Azahara Munoz def. Japan’s Ai Miyazato, 2 and 1.

The lowdown: Munoz completed a Sunday sweep for the Spaniards, who won all four of their singles matches.