U.S. reaches singles; weather leaves 5 teams in limbo

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GURNEE, Ill. – England swept Thailand to clinch a spot in Sunday singles.

The Americans swept Japan to assure their spot.

Chinese Taipei also earned its way into Sunday, but five other teams vying to follow suit remain in limbo with storms suspending play Saturday at the UL International Crown.

Play was suspended at 4:34 local time and never resumed, with play halted for the day at 7:23 p.m. There were just two matches left on the course when play was called, both between Korea and Australia.

Korea’s In Gee Chun and Amy Yang were 1 up on Minjee Lee and Su Oh through 15 holes. In the other match, Korea’s So Yeon Ryu and Sei Young Kim were 2 up on Australia’s Karrie Webb and Rebecca Artis through 14 holes.

Those matches will resume at 8 a.m. ET with the wild-card playoff to follow.

The top two teams from each pool advance to Sunday singles with a playoff determining which country will advance as the wild-card fifth team. The wild-card playoff will feature at least three countries this year as both Japan and Thailand tied for third in Pool B. They will be joined by the third-place team from Pool A.

With three teams assured of making the wild-card playoff, a fourball stroke-play format will be used. One fourball team from each country will tee it up together, going off on the same tee. The low ball wins the hole, with a country’s second ball serving as the tiebreaker.

For example, if China joins Thailand and Japan in the wild card, here’s a possible scenario: Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and Pornanong Phatlum each make 4, Japan’s Haru Nomura and Mika Miyazato each make 4, and China’s Shanshan Feng makes 4 while Simin Feng makes 5. Thailand and Japan advance to a second playoff hole and China is eliminated.


DAY 3 RESULTS, STANDINGS

(Two suspended matches between Korea and Australia to be finished Sunday morning)

POOL A  POINTS W-L-T
Chinese Taipei 7 3-2-1
China 6 2-2-2
Republic of Korea 4 2-2-0
Australia 3 1-2-1
POOL B POINTS W-L-T
England 9 4-1-1
United States 7 3-2-1
Thailand 4 1-3-2
Japan 4 1-3-2

MATCH 17

England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Holly Clyburn def. Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum and Porani Chutichai, 7 and 5.

Shadoff and Clyburn were on fire, making eight birdies and an eagle over the final nine holes of the match. Shadoff drove the 261-yard sixth hole and made a 40-foot putt for eagle in the middle of that run. She went birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie starting at the fifth hole.

MATCH 18

England’s Charley Hull and Mel Reid def. Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and Moriya Jutanugar, 3 and 1.

Hull rebounded strongly from her asthma attack, which kept her out of Friday’s fourballs, and Reid rode the momentum of her strong solo performance Friday. Hull and Reid took control of the match winning four consecutive holes on the front side, going birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie.

MATCH 19

Chinese Taipei’s Candie Kung and Teresa Lu halved China’s Shanshan Feng and Simin Feng.

China won the first three holes, but they didn’t win another hole the rest of the way. In the end, Simin Feng’s 6-foot birdie chance to win slid past the hole.

MATCH 20

China’s Xi Yu Lin and Jing Yan def. Chinese Taipei’s Yani Tseng and Ssu-Chia Cheng, 5 and 4.

Lin and Yan were strong, allowing Chinese Taipei to win just a single hole. Lin and Yan were 8 under through 14 holes on their best ball.

MATCH 21

The United States’ Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller def. Japan’s Haru Nomura and Mika Miyazato, 3 and 1.

The Americans turned a tight match in their favor late, with Piller holing a 25-foot birdie at the 12th to put the Americans 1 up and Lewis holing a 12-foot eagle putt at the 16th to put them 2 up.

MATCH 22

The United States’ Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr def. Japan’s Ai Suzuki and Ayaka Watanabe, 4 and 2.

Thompson and Kerr were on fire Friday, and they didn’t cool off that much Saturday. Over two days, they are 22 under over 31 holes.

MATCH 23

Korea’s In Gee Chun and Amy Yang vs. Japan’s Ai Suzuki and Ayaka Watanabe, suspended.

Korea led 1 up through 15 holes when play was suspended.

MATCH 24

Korea’s So Yeon Ryu and Sei Young Kim vs. Australia’s Karrie Webb and Rebecca Artis, suspended.

Korea led 2 up through 14 holes when play was suspended.