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Taiwan top Pool A at International Crown

AFP, CHICAGO

Taiwan’s Candie Kung, left, and Cheng Ssu-chia confer during the four-ball session of the LPGA International Crown at the Merit Club in Chicago, Illinois, on Friday.

Photo: AFP

The US and Australia bounced back from opening day shutouts, but Taiwan and England still topped the pools after Friday’s second day of the LPGA International Crown team event.

Hall of Famer Karrie Webb and Rebecca Artis of Australia never trailed as they earned two points in a 2-and-1 triumph over China’s Yan Jing and Feng Simin.

Yan birdied the fourth to square the match early, but Artis responded with a birdie on the fifth to give Australia a lead they did not relinquish.

After losing both matches against Taiwan on Thursday, Webb said the second-day pairings were the difference. Australia earned a third point as Minjee Le and Su Oh halved their match with China’s Feng Shanshan and Lin Xi Yu.

“We got no points yesterday, so we thought it would not hurt,” Webb said of changing the lineup. “Getting three points out of four, I think we are pretty happy with that. Minjee birdied the last to get that half, which I think is huge.”

Taiwan remained atop the Pool A standings with six points, followed by South Korea on four and Australia and China on three.

The top two teams in each pool and one wild-card advance to today’s singles matches.

After being upset on Thursday, South Korean duo Ryu So-yeon and Kim Sei-young wanted to make a statement, and they did so with a 4-and-2 victory over Taiwan’s Teresa Lu and Tseng Ya-ni.

They took the lead with Kim’s birdie at the first and never gave it up. Taiwan trailed by at least two holes from the eighth on.

“Actually, to be honest, yesterday’s play was better than today’s play from both of us, but I think today our teamwork was really nice,” Ryu said.

However, Taiwan still maintained a two-point lead in the standings thanks to a 2-and-1 victory for Candie Kung and Chang Ssu-chia over South Korea’s Amy Yang and Chun In-gee.

Japan emerged with a victory and one halved match against an England depleted by the absence of ailing Charley Hull.

Haru Nomura and Mika Miyazato beat Mel Reid 1-up, the English player pushing them hard, despite the absence of scheduled playing partner Hull.

Reid fought her way back from 2-down with a birdie at the 12th and a hole out for an eagle on the 13th that squared the match.

Reid and Team Japan each went birdie-par-birdie over the next three holes before Nomura made the decisive birdie on 17.

Hull said she was “gutted” to miss the match because of asthma and a fever, but hoped some rest would have her ready for the weekend.

In the other Japan-England match, Ai Suzuki and Ayaka Watanabe halved their contest with Holly Clyburn and Jodi Ewart Shadoff.

England topped pool B on five points, with Japan and Thailand on four and the US on three.

Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson gave the US two points with their 4-and-3 victory over Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and Porani Chutichai.

Thompson drained a 22-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to seal the victory. Thompson and Kerr combined for 15 birdies on the day.

Gerina Piller and Stacy Lewis nabbed another point for the US, halving their match with Pornanong Phatlum and Moriya Jutanugarn.

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