With the sanction, only the top players from the LPGA will have a chance to represent their respective teams. The Lexus Cup, sponsored by Toyota Motor Asia Pacific and IMG , will also serve as the season-ending event on the LPGA Tour calendar.
The match pits 12 players from Asia against a similar team of Internationals. Last year's inaugural match was won by the Internationals. This year, the Lexus Cup will be held Dec. 15-17.
Returning captain Grace Park will be leading the Asian team and will undoubtedly be looking to wrestle the Lexus Cup away from Sorenstam, who'll return as the International captain.
'We are thrilled to sanction the 2006 Lexus Cup, said LPGA Commissioner Carolyn F. Bivens. It is a prestigious team event featuring 24 of the best players from around the world competing in a competitive and entertaining format. This will be a wonderful way to conclude a terrific 2006 season.
A player selection criterion has been established to ensure that the top performers during the LPGA Tour season qualify for the respective teams. The top four Asian and International players from the ADT Official Money List will be picked for each team, followed by the top four Asian and International players from the Rolex Womens World Golf Rankings. The last four members for each team will consist of two captains picks and two sponsors exemptions.
Captains picks and sponsors exemptions for each team will be unveiled nearer the event date.