CHICAGO: Top-seeded South Korea will be without world No.3 Park In-Bee at next month’s LPGA International Crown but 11th-ranked Ryu So-Yeon will replace her in the eight-nation team golf event.
Park has been nagged for weeks by a left thumb injury and she has already pulled out of next month’s US Women’s Open, so her absence was expected from the July 21 to 24 event at the Merit Club in suburban Chicago.
But Park’s anticipated replacement, ninth-ranked Jang Ha-Na, was unable to play so Ryu was selected to join fifth-ranked Kim Sei-Young, world number six Chun In-Gee and eighth-ranked Amy Yang on the South Korean squad.
“After the Women’s PGA Championship, I met with doctors and my medical team and they strongly recommended rest for my left thumb injury to heal,” Park said.
“I cannot commit to International Crown this year and giving an opportunity to one of my Korean colleagues seemed more appropriate.”
The International Crown will feature eight four-woman teams from South Korea, United States, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, England and China. Five teams will advance from pool play to Sunday’s title-deciding singles matches.
Two other substitutions to the lineups from rankings were made, with Japan’s Shiho Oyama withdrawing due to a back injury and replaced by Ai Suzuki and China’s Feng Simin replacing Yuting Shi, who withdrew due to a schedule conflict.
South Korea’s four top-ranked players on July 11 will qualify for the Rio Olympics, where golf returns after a 112-year absence. Most nations will send only two women golfers but up to four can play if they are ranked in the world top 15.
Rosters Pool A
South Korea – Kim Sei-Young, Chun In-Gee, Amy Yang, Ryu So-Yeon
Australia – Minjee Lee, Su Oh, Karrie Webb, Rebecca Artis
Taiwan – Teresa Lu, Candie Kung, Tseng Ya-Ni, Cheng Ssu-Chia
China – Feng Shanshan, Lin Xi Yu, Yan Jing, Feng Simin
United States – Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Gerina Piller, Cristie Kerr
Japan – Haru Nomura, Mika Miyazato, Ayaka Watanabe, Ai Suzuki
Thailand – Ariya Jutanugarn, Pornanong Phatlum, Moriya Jutanugarn, Porani Chutichai
England – Charley Hull, Holly Clyburn, Melissa Reid, Jodi Ewart Shadoff