You Oughta Know: International Crown


OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Here's what you oughta know entering Sunday singles at the International Crown at Caves Valley Golf Club:

• Japan leads the competition with eight points, followed by Spain, Thailand and Sweden with seven points each and Korea with six points. Points carry over, with a Sunday singles victory worth two points and a halved match worth one point. Ten singles matches will decide who takes home the crown.

• If there is a tie for the crown at the end of singles play, a sudden-death playoff will decide the winner. The nations that are tied must pick a single player to represent them in the playoff within five minutes of the conclusion of play.

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• Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall hasn’t lost in her last nine matches in international team competition. She hasn’t lost since teaming with Suzann Pettersen in losing a Saturday afternoon fourball match at the 2011 Solheim Cup in Ireland. Hedwall halved her Sunday singles that year, then last year at the Colorado Golf Club she became the first player in Solheim Cup history to go 5-0, and now she is 2-0-1 in matches this year. Hedwall meets South Korea’s Inbee Park in the leadoff singles match Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

• Hedwall isn’t the only player who hasn’t lost a match this week. Her fourball teammate Anna Nordqvist is also 2-0-1, as are Japan’s Sakura Yokomine and Ai Miyazato.

• The $1.6 million purse will pay out $100,000 to each member of the winning team.