Meet the 32 players in the UL International Crown: Pool A
With the UL International Crown set to get underway next week, we take an in-depth look at each player representing the eight countries in South Korea at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club. First up, Pool A…
2016: 2 | 2014: T3
Sung Hyun Park
The current world No.1 will be making her Crown debut, and what an occasion it will be on home-soil. Three wins this year, including her second major championship at the KPMG PGA Championship when defeating teammate So Yeon Ryu in a playoff.
So Yeon Ryu
Record: W6 L2 D0
Vastly experienced 28-year-old who holds a superb record in this event. After a slow start to the season, she turned the screw when winning the Meijer Classic in June and has since secured top-10s in each of the remaining three majors.
Record: W1 L3 D0
I.K. enjoyed the best season of her career last year, winning her first major at the British Open and two other regular season LPGA events. Got off to a sluggish start to this year, not helped by her clubs being stolen and then being found on sale at a pro-shop in California. Hasn’t played since the British Open in July after struggling with a back injury and, as a result, could struggle to find form.
Record: W2 L2 D0
Dumbo hasn’t quite kicked on in the way many would have hoped after winning two majors in the space of 14 months in 2015/16, and she’s seen her rank progressively decline from as high as third in the world to 27th. A return to Korea – where she is hugely popular – could spur her on and help guide the home favourites to win their first Crown.
2016: T3 | 2014: DNP
Record: W2 L1 D0
Exuberant 22-year-old who has consistently raised her game for the big events. The English limelight has shifted from Hull to Georgia Hall in recent months, but the two could combine to produce a deadly matchplay partnership, which was on show at GolfSixes earlier this year when the two took down George Coetzee and Haydn Porteous and securing a half against Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace.
The current British Open champion has risen to stardom in the past two months after her performance at Lytham which was backed up with a runner-up finish in Portland. She then hit the top of the leaderboard at the Evian Championship before fading away in the final round, but all signs point to the Bournemouth star being a steely matchplay competitor, evidenced by her recent battle with Pornanong Phatlum in Lancashire.
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
Record: W3 L0 D1
Given her undoubted talent from tee-to-green, this 30-year-old has been somewhat of an underachiever with no professional wins to her name despite going close on plenty of occasions. Unbeaten in this event two years ago, where she teamed up with Holly Clyburn to take down the U.S. duo of Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr.
Decorated amateur golfer who became the first ever Great Britain & Ireland player to go 5-0 in the Curtis Cup two years ago. Law has had a consistent season on the LPGA and she completes what could prove to be a fearsome English team.
2016: 8 | 2014: 8
Record: W1 L4 D1
Former world No.1 amateur who has taken her consistent standards to an all new level this year, securing top-10 finishes in 13 of 24 events, including a win apiece on the LPGA and LET. She’ll need to be on the top of her game if her team is to turnaround its awful record in this event.
Record: W0 L2 D1
Veteran 36-year-old who ended a seven-year winless streak on the LPGA by claiming the Thornberry Creek Classic last year. Missed the cut in the opening four majors of the year before finishing 10th last time out at the Evian Championship.
Sarah Jane Smith
After 12 years of winless seasons on the LPGA, Smith looked to be on the way to changing that earlier in the year when leading going into the weekend of the U.S. Women’s Open. She was eventually reeled in by Ariya Jutanugarn, and will now enter her first Crown off the back of five straight missed cuts.
Record: W0 L2 D1
The second former world No.1 amateur on the Australian team, Oh hasn’t been anywhere near as successful as Lee, but she’s had a very good season with four top-10s and looks increasingly likely to win on the LPGA in the not so distant future.
2016: T3 | 2014: 7
Record: W3 L3 D1
An experienced 30-year-old who has won 19 times around the world, including one on the LPGA in 2013. She missed her first cut in over a year last time out on the JLPGA, and back in 2014 she teamed up with Candie Kung to take down Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr on day one.
The 23-year-old has performed very well in the majors this year: fifth at the U.S. Women’s Open and 15th last time out at the Evian, with the only missed cut coming at the KPMG PGA.
Record: W1 L2 D0
Partnered with Yani Tseng four years ago to beat Lexi Thompson and Stacy Lewis. Won on the JLPGA earlier in the year for her third career title, but she’s since had a fairly up-and-down season lacking consistency.
Record: W4 L2 D1
The 37-year-old four-time LPGA winner holds an excellent record in this event, but she’s been on a sharp downturn in form over the past year, failing to finish inside of the top-20 in any tournament since October last year. Looks the weak link in the team that are the rank outsiders to win.