Professional / LPGA Tour

U.S. advances with belief it can win suspended UL International Crown

Stacy Lewis , along with Gerina Piller, gave the USA a crucial 3-and-1 victory Saturday at the UL International Crown.
Stacy Lewis , along with Gerina Piller, gave the USA a crucial 3-and-1 victory Saturday at the UL International Crown. (Getty Images)

GURNEE, Ill. – Anybody can win this thing. That’s the message of Stacy Lewis, who said Team USA doesn’t feel any extra pressure at the UL International Crown because the format levels the playing field.

“I just think with this format, you take a player that’s 50 to 100 in the world,” said Lewis, “and they can go make seven or eight birdies in a round. They may not do it for four straight days and win a tournament, but they can do it for one day.”

Piller and Lewis combined for eight birdies and an eagle at the Merit Club and still went to the 17th hole against Japan in a 3-and-1 victory. The match never had more than a one-hole separation until the 16th hole. Piller poured in seven birdies on her own ball.

On the third day of four-ball competition, the U.S. swept Japan to move from last to second in the points standings in Pool B, two points behind England, which leads the field overall.

The Americans kept the same pairings for all three days. Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson took control of their match on the first hole and never relinquished on a steamy day outside Chicago.

Play was suspended at 4:34 p.m. Central time and eventually called for the day when storms ripped through the area. Six of the eight matches were completed, with only South Korea vs. Australia still on the course. Korea holds a slim lead in both matches. Play will resume at 7 a.m.

The top two teams from each pool will advance to Sunday singles, in which points carry over from the first three days. Taiwan is guaranteed to advance from Pool A along with England and the U.S. from Pool B.

Thailand and Japan are guaranteed to be in a playoff for the wild-card spot with another team or teams yet to be determined from Pool A.

The wild-card playoff will include two players from each team. The format will be sudden-death stroke play, with scores from all players counting. The playoff will begin on the 16th hole.

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