|Dates||July 21-24, 2016|
|Location||Libertyville, Illinois, U.S.|
|Format||Team - match play|
|Length||6,668 yards (6,097 m)|
8 nations, 4 players each
|Cut||20 players to Sunday singles|
|Prize fund||$1.6 million|
|Winner's share||$400,000 team|
($100,000 per player)
|13 points, (6-3-1, .650)|
The 2016 International Crown was a women's golf team event organized by the LPGA, played July 21-24 at the Merit Club in Libertyville, Illinois, north of Chicago. This was the second International Crown, a biennial match play event contested between teams of four players representing eight countries.
The first three days, Thursday through Saturday, featured round-robin pool play matches at fourball. Each match was worth two points for a win and one point for a halve. Following the completion of pool play, the top two teams in each pool and one wild card team advanced to singles play. The five remaining teams were re-seeded based on points earned in pool play, and each team played one singles match against each of the other teams on Sunday. The total points earned in pool and singles play determined the team champion.
On April 3, 2016, eight teams qualified to participate in this event, based on the combined world rankings of the top four players from each country: South Korea, United States, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, England, China and Australia. Defending champion Spain did not qualify. The team members were finalized on June 13, 2016, and divided into two pools. The top two teams from 2014, Spain and Sweden, failed to make the 2016 field. China and England made the field for the first time.
|Pool A||Pool B|
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Friday, July 22, 2016
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Play was suspended due to lightning with only the South Korea/Australia matches yet to be completed. England and the United States advanced to singles play from pool B. Play resumed Sunday morning with South Korea winning both its matches with Australia to advance, along with Chinese Taipei, to singles play.
China, Japan, and Thailand advanced to the wildcard playoff by finishing third in their pools. Japan advanced when Ayaka Watanabe eagled the first playoff hole.
Sunday, July 24, 2016