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International Crown heading to Korea in 2018

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GURNEE, Ill. – So Yeon Ryu says the UL International Crown will be an even bigger success in South Korea than the Presidents Cup was last year.

“For sure it's going to be more exciting than the Presidents Cup, and we do have really great fashion, so it's going to be fun to watch,” Ryu said.

The LPGA announced Wednesday that the UL International Crown will go overseas for the first time in its third rendition. The event will be played at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea, in 2018. It’s the same course the Presidents Cup was played on last year. With women’s golf more popular than men’s golf in South Korea, intense interest is expected in the biennial international team event.

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“I think the UL International Crown has already been lifted significantly in its second playing,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said. “I'm pretty sure in 2018 we're going to hit the hyper-speed button, and it's really going to go crazy.”

The South Koreans are the dominant force in women’s golf. They’re the No. 1 seed at this week’s UL International Crown at the Merit Club. Five of the top 10 players in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings are South Korean, nine of the top 20.

“I think making the 2018 UL International Crown team might be the toughest team to make in sports over the next two years,” Whan said.