The United States, Republic of Korea, Japan, Sweden, Thailand, England, Australia and the People’s Republic of China qualify for the biennial team competition
DAYTONA BEACH, FL, NOVEMBER 21, 2022 – Eight countries have booked their spots for the 2023 Hanwha LIFEPLUS International Crown, an exciting team match play competition, an event that showcases the best golfers from around the world. The event, which returns to the LPGA Tour calendar for the first time since 2018, will be held at San Francisco’s famous TPC Harding Park on May 4-7, 2023.
The nations that will compete at TPC Harding Park are the United States (35 points), Republic of Korea (35 points), Japan (85 points), Sweden (120 points), Thailand (183 points) and England (197 points). Australia (298 points) and the People’s Republic of China (446 points). South Africa (475 points) just missed out on qualifying for its first Hanwha LifePlus International crown.
The final team rankings are determined by the aggregated Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings for the top four players from each country as of November 21, 2022, immediately following the CME Group Tour Championship. The final 32-player field and final country seeding will be confirmed by the Rolex Rankings as of April 3, 2023, the Monday after the DIO Implant LA Open. Countries must have at least four seeded players to be eligible.
LPGA Tour players are excited about the return of the team competition, which was last held in the Republic of Korea in 2018. “I am very excited about the return of the Hanwha LIFEPLUS International Crown. I hope I can represent Team USA,” said leading American Nelly Korda. The Korean star agreed. Heo Joo Kim said, “I am happy to hear that the International Crown is back for the first time in a while. I hope to post a good record and participate in the next event.”
The Hanwha LIFEPLUS International Crown will take place over four days, but will have a new format for the final day on Sunday. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will feature four-ball competition. The top two nations from each group will advance to Sunday. Two semi-final matches will be played on Sunday morning, each match consisting of two singles matches and a four-way match. The winning countries in the semi-finals will compete in the final on Sunday afternoon, along with a third-place match between the two losing countries in the semi-finals. The final and match three will be played in the same format as the semi-finals.
In 2018, the team from the Republic of Korea (VJ Chun, In Kyung Kim, Sung Hyun Park, So Yeon Ryu) won the Hanwha LIFEPLUS International on home soil at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, with the USA and England tied for second. The 2016 edition was also won by the host country, as the US team (Christy Kerr, Stacy Lewis, Jerina Mendoza, Lexie Thompson) won at the Merit Club in Illinois. Team Spain (Carlota Ciganda, Azhara Munoz, Belen Mozzo, Beatriz Ricari) won the inaugural tournament in 2014, which was played at Caves Valley Golf Club in Maryland. The 2020 competition was due to take place in England, but has been postponed due to the pandemic.