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International Crown first round matches released

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GURNEE, Ill. – The UL International Crown’s first round matches were released during the gala dinner Tuesday night at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort.

The first three rounds are pool play, with the four countries in each pool playing fourball matches against every other country in their pool.

The top two teams from each pool after three rounds advance to Sunday singles. A fifth team will also advance after the two third-place teams from each pool meet in a wild card playoff late Saturday afternoon.

A match victory is worth two points, a tie worth one point. The team with the most  points at competition’s end wins the Crown.

Pool A is made up of the Republic of Korea, Australia, Chinese Taipei and China. Pool B is made up of the United States, Japan, Thailand and England.

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Thursday’s matchups (all times ET):

9 a.m. – Australia’s Karrie Webb/Su Oh vs. Chinese Taipei’s Yani Tseng/Teresa Lu.

9:15  a.m. – Australia’s Minjee Lee/Rebecca Artis vs. Chinese Taipei’s Candie Kung/Ssu-Chia Cheng.

9:30 a.m. – Japan’s Mika Miyazato/Haru Nomura vs. Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn/Pornanong Phatlum.

9:45 a.m. – Japan’s Ai Suzuki/Ayaka Watanabe vs. Thailand’s Porani Chutichai/Ariya Jutanugarn.

10 a.m. – USA’s Cristie Kerr/Lexi Thompson vs. England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff/Holly Clyburn.

10:15  a.m. – USA’s Stacy Lewis/Gerina Piller vs. England’s Charley Hull/Mel Reid.

10:30 a.m. – Korea’s Amy Yang/In Gee Chun vs. China’s Shanshan Feng/Xi Yu Lin.

10:45 a.m. – Korea’s So Yeon Ryu/Sei Young Kim vs. China’s Jing Yan/Simin Feng.