With the first International Crown tournament scheduled for next week, here’s a look at the top-seeded American team:
- The U.S. has won 11 of 17 events played on the LPGA this season. That includes wins by International Crown team members Stacy Lewis (three), Lexi Thompson (one, the Kraft Nabisco) and Paula Creamer (one).
- In January 2013, South Korea held a commanding 21-45 lead (cumulative Rolex Women’s World Rankings points) over the United States for the top seed. But 14 months later, the United States rallied to take the top spot. At the conclusion of the Kia Classic, the U.S. had a total of 32 points to South Korea’s 33. South Korea led entering the Kia event 29-33. But American Lexi Thompson finished third and moved from 10th to ninth as South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi and I.K. Kim dropped a combined four spots (Choi from ninth to 11th and Kim from 13th to 15th).
- The United States is the only team in the competition with three players who have double-digit career wins (Cristie Kerr with 16, Stacy Lewis with 11 and Paula Creamer with 10).
- All four Americans have captured major championships, the last by Lexi Thompson at this year’s Kraft Nabisco Championship.
- At age 36, Cristie Kerr is the second-oldest and the second-winningest player (16 career wins) in the field. Australia’s Karrie Webb, 39, has 41 career victories.
- At age 19, Lexi Thompson is one of four teenagers in the field. The others: Thailand sisters Ariya (18) and Moriya Jutanugarn (19) and Australian amateur Minjee Lee (18).
- Stacy Lewis, 29, the world’s top-ranked player, has won 11 times in her career, including 10 times in the last three years.
- Paula Creamer, 27, won for the 10th time in her career at the HSBC Champions in Singapore earlier this year when she made a 75-foot eagle putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Spain’s Azahara Munoz.
- The United States begins International Crown play on July 24 against No. 8 seed Australia.