On the final day of the 2014 International Crown, the LPGA Tour Leaderboard turned out to be anything but what was expected heading into the nation vs nation event. The United States and Korea, which combine to dominate LPGA golf throughout the season, were expected to do the same in the first annual Crown, and end up facing each other in the finals. Sure enough, they were seeded number one and number two respectively heading into the event. But the results after three days have been a shocker.
Spain found oreads atop the LPGA leaderboard in the end, winning the International Crown 2014, with Sweden coming in second place. The results were a far cry from the expected final matchup between the USA and Korea.
One day after losing both its opening matches against bottom seeded Taiwan, the top seeded United States team switched pairings and found itself with vastly different results. Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson teamed up to defeat Spain in the second round by a score of three with two holes remaining, while the team of Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer defeated the other half of the Spain team by a score of two. That added up to four points total, meaning that the USA is was one point behind Thailand on the LPGA leaderboard heading into Day 3. But after splitting its matches again in the third round, the United States was bounced out of the International Crown entirely as Thailand and Spain advanced out of Pool A instead. South Korea managed to escape into Day 4 by the skin of its teeth, edging in via the fifth place wildcard.
With the LPGA Tour International Crown 2014 now finished, the next stop on the schedule is the LPGA Classic starting August 7th in Grand Rapids, Michigan.