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Australia in Fight for Singles Berth at UL International

Katherine Kirk is locked in an important match with teammate Su Oh (Photo: Bruce Young)
Play in round three of the UL International Crown teams event at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon near Seoul has been suspended although the round itself had been brought forward to ward off the concerns regarding the impact of Tropical Storm Kong-Rey over the weekend.

When play was called as a result of darkness at 5.40pm on Friday, all final matches in the round robin series were in progress some with as many as 12 holes to play.

After round two had been completed earlier in the day, England led the points tally in Pool A ahead of the locals and pre-event favourites Korea while in Pool B the USA led over Sweden.

Australia was in 3rd place in Group A although they are ahead in both third-round matches, Minjee Lee and Sarah Jane Smith leading Taiwan’s Candie Kung and Teresa Lu while in the other encounter Su Oh and Katherine Kirk enjoy a comfortable 3 up lead over Wei Ling Hsu and Phoebe Yao.

Earlier in the day Australia had halved their match against powerhouses Korea.

In order to graduate into the final four automatic teams into Sunday’s singles, Australia must finish inside the top two of their pool but if they were to finish 3rd then they could still make it to Sunday via a playoff between the two 3rd placed teams from either group.

The team most likely to hold Australia out of that important second place in their group Korea is in a battle against England with both teams leading in one of their two matches although they still have at least ten holes to play when they return to the course on Saturday weather permitting.

After the wild-card playoff, countries will be re-seeded #1 through 5 based on total points earned in the four-ball matches. In the event of a tie during the re-seed, a pre-determined formula will be used to break all ties. Each country will play one singles match against every other country. Pairings will be determined by a semi-blind draw.

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