Play was suspended due to bad weather Saturday evening with two matches, both between Korea and Australia, still on the golf course. Play will resume at 7 a.m. local time on Sunday
The two countries with the most points in each pool automatically advance to Sunday’s round of singles play. The country with the third most points in each pool will compete in a wildcard playoff to determine the fifth and final country to advance to the singles round.
Team England (9 points) and Team USA (7 points) earned their way into Sunday’s round of singles from Pool B. Team Chinese Taipei is the only team to officially advance out of Pool A and the results of the final two four-ball matches will determine the second team to advance and the team to play in the playoff.
Team Korea is currently in the lead in both of their unfinished matches against Team Australia. In Gee Chun and Amy Yang are 1UP on Minjee Lee and Su Oh thru 15 holes, while Sei Young Kim and So Yeon Ryu lead Karrie Webb and Rebecca Artis 2UP thru 14 holes.
DAY 3 MATCH RECAPS
(6) TEAM THAILAND VS. (7) TEAM ENGLAND – POOL B
Holly Clyburn/Jodi Ewart Shadoff (England) DEFEATED Pornanong Phatlum/Porani Chutichai (Thailand), 7&5
The English duo of Holly Clyburn and Jodi Ewart Shadoff got things off to a sizzling start on Saturday with a 7&5
victory – the largest four ball win in UL International Crown history – to put up two more points for Team England. Ewart Shadoff was the star of the match and had five birdies and an eagle on her own. She won six of England’s 10 winning holes including the final on the 13th.
“We came out fighting,” said Ewart Shadoff. “Overall I think there was a different atmosphere in our group at least. We were a lot looser going out there on the first tee.”
Holly Clyburn added, “Always happy when you have a dance-off with your caddie on the first tee, so you’re always going to play well when you’re loosened up.”
Charley Hull/Mel Reid (England) DEFEATED Ariya Jutanugarn/Moriya Jutanugarn (Thailand), 3&1
After sitting out Friday’s four-ball matches due to illness, Charley Hull returned to action with a strong performance helping her and Mel Reid defeat the sister duo of Ariya Jutanugarn and Moriya
Jutanugarn 3&1. Thailand took the early lead after birdies on the second and fourth holes by Moriya but Hull rattled off four
consecutive birdies on Nos. 5-8 to put England 2UP. Reid birdied the 9th hole to extend the lead to three but Ariya stepped up with two birdies and a chip-in eagle on the 16th hole to keep within striking distance. The group walked to the 17th hole with England 2UP – both Jutanugarns missed their birdie chances and then conceded the hole and the match.
“I was gutted not to be out there, but I thought it would be the best thing for me today to rest because I really didn’t feel well,” said Hull. “But I felt like it was kind of a good mood going into today, as well, because obviously they fought out so well, so I thought, if she can play like that by herself, imagine how we’re going to play today, and we played great.”
“These are the best countries in the world, some of the best players in the world, and a lot of major champions in there, and we are top of our pool,” said Reid. “We should all be very proud of ourselves and we should be taking a lot of confidence in the fact that we’ve beaten some very high-class players this week.”
(5) TEAM CHINESE TAIPEI VS. (8) TEAM CHINA – POOL A
Candie Kung/Teresa Lu (Chinese Taipei) HALVED Shanshan Feng/Simin Feng (China)
Match 19 turned out to be a very evenly matched showdown and the only match of the day that went to the 18th hole. China got off to a strong start, going 3UP in the first three holes but Chinese Taipei chipped away, winning the 4th and 11th holes to cut the lead to one. Candie Kung birdied the par-4 15th hole to square the match. Lu found
herself in trouble after a poor greenside bunker shot and Kung and Shanshan both failed to convert on their birdie putts. Simin had a six-footer to win the match but missed on the low side.
“Oh, yeah, sure,” Shanshan said on this being one of the best golf experiences in her career. “It reminded me of maybe my rookie year. I never tried so hard to make birdies and tried to hit it really close to the pins like recently because this is already my ninth year on the Tour, and I would say I’m not playing as aggressively as when I was like 18 or 19.”
Jing Yan/Xi Yu Lin (China) DEFEATED Yani Tseng/Ssu-Chia Cheng (Chinese Taipei) 5&4
A pair of 20-year-olds consisting of Jing Yan and Xi Yu Lin posted a resounding 5&4 victory over Yani Tseng and
Ssu-Chia Cheng of Chinese Taipei to keep China’s hopes of advancing alive. China started the day at the bottom of Pool A with just 3 total points. Lin had six birdies and an eagle on the day and won four holes. China took the lead on hole two and never trailed. Lin forgot her putter at the hotel on Saturday morning and had to borrow one from the club pro.
“I just realized that the putter is not with me,” said Lin. “Yeah, it was really struggling. I have to thank to all my
teammates because after they all know it, it’s obviously my very big mistake, but my partner and Simin and Shanshan, they even just keep telling me, it’s okay, it’s okay, just relax, and yeah, we borrowed — I borrowed a putter from the club pro here, and yeah, I have to thank him, as well.”
(2) TEAM USA VS. (3) TEAM JAPAN – POOL B
Gerina Piller/Stacy Lewis (USA) DEFEATED Haru Nomura/Mika Miyazato (Japan), 3&1
Shortly after their teammates Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr got points on the board, Gerina Piller and Stacy Lewis defeated Japan’s Mika Miyazato and Haru Nomura to help Team USA lock up four points on Saturday.
“It was an unbelievable day,” said Lewis. “We both played great again, and it’s nice to be on the winning side this time.”
After Team Japan took a 1UP lead thru 10, Team USA won the next two holes with birdies and retook the lead and momentum thanks to Piller pouring in a long putt from the fringe.
“We kind of had a good turning point there,” Lewis explained. “The putt Gerina made on 12 from the back fringe, I think that was the one that really kind of got the momentum going in our direction, and just let her go. I just got on the green and just let her make the putt.”
Following three halved holes, the US squad wrapped up the match with a Lewis eagle on 16 and a Piller birdie on the 17th.
Cristie Kerr/Lexi Thompson (USA) DEFEATED Ai Suzuki/Ayaka Watanabe (Japan), 4&2
Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr got Team USA on the board on Day 3 of the UL International Crown with a convincing 4&2 victory over Japan’s Ai Suzuki and Ayaka Watanabe.
“This was huge,” Kerr said of the win. “We knew we had to take care of our match today, and we came out strong, won the first hole. We halved with birdies on the second hole, so they played very, very good, and we were just the
definition of ham and egg today. When I wasn’t there, she was there, and the same the other way, so we were able to just keep some steady momentum throughout the round. They had a strong comeback at the end there. You know, it was tough to close it out on them.”
The duo improved to 2-1-0 on the week and helped the US squad lock up a spot in the singles competition on Sunday.