The International Crown is returning to the LPGA schedule in 2023, Golfweek has learned. Multiple sources have confirmed to Golfweek that the team event is slated for the San Francisco area, potentially at TPC Harding Park, the first week of May, with South Korea’s Hanwha as title sponsor. The biennial event was created under the leadership of former LPGA commissioner Mike Whan and debuted in 2014 at Caves Valley Golf Club, in Owings Mills, Maryland. Spain won the first contest, followed by the United States in 2016 at the Merit Club just north of Chicago. South Korea won the last time the event was held in 2018 on home soil at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon. Eight countries qualify for the event and four players comprise each team. The 2020 event was scheduled to be played at the Centurion Club in England but was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. UL title sponsored the event in 2016 and 2018. Only six countries have qualified for all three competitions: South Korea, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States. The Crown won’t be the only team event in 2023: The Solheim Cup heads to Spain for the first time September 22-24.
Now we know when and where ... with a format change, too. How the teams will be determined:
The field of eight countries will be determined by the combined Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings of the top four players from each country as of Nov. 21, 2022, immediately following the CME Group Tour Championship. The final field of 32 players will be determined via the Rolex Rankings as of April 2, 2023, immediately following the Palos Verdes Championship.
ROK gets it again in 2025 ... please, for once, find a place far enough away from the Incheon Airport so that there are no concrete cereal boxes in sight.
The Team SWE and ENG lineups are set in concrete ... the other six could have changes. I heard Su Oh (AUS) say she planned to get LASIK in the off-season ... she doesn't need that to see Kempy (187) on her heels.
I assume all the players have to be LPGA members, right?
Wrong, it's the whole world ... in 2018, Japan and Taiwan had two JLPGAers each. Considering the early cutoff date, Minji Park will be hard pressed to maintain her lead for ROK's fourth spot (assuming she won't be an LPGA member in 2023). I suppose she could enter those two "weak" December KLPGA events to bump up her ranking ... the fields are not posted yet.