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LPGA Int'l Crown Organizers Bullish On Event's Potential, Corporate Sales Marks Exceeded
Published July 24, 2014
CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT: GOLFCHANNEL.com's Randall Mell wrote the Int'l Crown "is the Solheim Cup times four." It is eight countries "battling to lay claim as the world’s best golfing nation in the women’s game." American golfer Stacy Lewis said, “This is our version of the Presidents Cup. I think we needed to get the rest of the world involved, but you can’t change the Solheim Cup. It has too many traditions. I like this concept. I like how it brings all the countries together." Australian golfer Lindsey Wright added, "I'm always jealous watching the Solheim Cup. I wish it was me. It looks like so much fun" (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 7/22). In Palm Springs, Larry Bohannan wrote the Int'l Crown is "important for golf and the women's tour because it tries to get rid of the concept that the LPGA is nothing but Koreans winning everything in sight, or even that Americans these days are on a roll." There "also will be teams from Thailand, Australia, Sweden, Spain, Chinese Taipei and Japan in the event." The "idea is a team competition that includes Korea (excluded from the Solheim Cup) while showing the depth of international talent in the women's game" (Palm Springs DESERT SUN, 7/22).
WIESY DOES IT: ESPNW's Voepel wrote while the Int'l Crown will "include some great players who were never going to be eligible for the Solheim Cup -- like South Korea's Inbee Park and Australia's Karrie Webb -- it won't have some of the most prominent players on tour right now, including Michelle Wie." If the U.S. team had been "set a month ago, rather than four months ago," Wie would be there and Paula Creamer "would have been the one left out." It is "not as if Creamer doesn't have her following, too," but Wie is a "big draw, especially when she's playing well." With her U.S. Women's Open victory "so close in the rearview mirror, it would have been beneficial" for the LPGA to "have her competing this week." Even without her "popularity as a factor, there's the simple fact that right now Wie is one of the LPGA stars playing at her best." If the LPGA had "finalized the teams a month ago, it would better reflect who's currently playing the best, and players would still have plenty of time to prepare." That is "something the LPGA should reconsider" for the next event in '16 (ESPNW.com, 7/22).