Thursday, July 21st, 2016


Golf Channel Notable Quotes
UL International Crown
Day 1 Matches
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Merit Club, Gurnee, Ill.

**Day 2 Matches from the UL International Crown will air Friday on Golf Channel from Noon-4 p.m. ET. Top two teams from each pool and one wildcard team will advance to Sunday’s final day of singles matches to determine the women’s best golf nation** 

On the UL International Crown and thoughts on Day 1 Matches
Judy Rankin – “I became very invested a couple of years ago at the first event in Maryland. The match play was really good. There was a lot of drama. It is fun to see players interact as a team. I became a fan along with calling golf.”
Rankin – “Momentum plays a role all the time in this game, but in match play, momentum is huge.”
Rankin – “In match play there can be big things that can make a difference, but there can be also very little things, like one particular shot or one particular putt.”
Tom Abbott – “This event will enter a new stratosphere when it goes to Asia in two years. The crowds will really embrace this event. It will be something we have never seen before.”
Karen Stupples – “It’s amazing how silent it seems when the pressure is on.”
Rankin – “The U.S. will be shaking their heads a little bit tonight.”
Terry Gannon – “Just like in 2014, the U.S. with a lot of work to do to come back.”

On Team Korea
Gannon – “Think about how difficult it is to make their Olympic team. You’ve got So Yeon Ryu, No. 12 in the world and not going to Rio.”
Stupples – “That’s amazing when you think about it. I struggle to comprehend how strong they are as a nation when it comes to their golf.”
Rankin – “And men’s golf is catching up, but women’s golf is still the leader as far as talent, records and the numbers of great players.”

Pool A Match Results
Australia vs. Chinese Taipei
Karrie Webb/Su Oh                            Yani Tseng/Teresa Lu                                     3&2
Minjee Lee/Rebecca Artis                   Candie Kung/Ssu-Chia Cheng                        2 up

Korea vs. China
Amy Yang/In Gee Chun         2 up     Shanshan Feng/Xi Yu Lin
So Yeon Ryu/Sei Young Kim            Jing Yan/Simin Feng                                       1 up    

Pool B Match Results
USA vs. England
Cristie Kerr/Lexi Thompson               Jodi Ewart Shadoff/Holly Clyburn                2&1
Gerina Piller/Stacy Lewis                   Charley Hull/Melissa Reid                              2&1

Japan vs. Thailand
Mika Miyazato/Haru Nomura             Moriya Jutanugarn/Pornanong Phatlum          2&1
Ai Suzuki/Ayaka Watanabe                Porani Chutichai/Ariya Jutanugarn                 Halved

On Yani Tseng/Teresa Lu defeating Karrie Webb/Su Oh 3&2
Rankin – “You have to wonder if a good week here will do something for Yani’s confidence when she goes back to individual stroke play.”
Yani Tseng – “Last night we had a little group chat, and we are sticking with our strategy, which is make as many birdies as we can. We are not trying to play safe out there, just go for every shot.”

On Ssu-Chia Cheng/Candie Kung defeating Minjee Lee/Rebecca Artis 2 up
Ssu-Chia Cheng – “No strategy is our strategy. We just make as many birdies as we can.”
Gannon – “They stole our theme, no strategy is our strategy.”
Rankin – “I’m writing that one down.”

On Ai Suzuki/Ayaka Watanabe halving their match with  Porani Chutichai/Ariya Jutanugarn
Rankin – “She (Watanabe) is a mini John Daly in the way she grips it and the way she swings it.”

On Jing Yan and Simin Feng defeating Sei Young Kim and So Yeon Ryu 1 up
Rankin – “This is another case of a real upset. There is no doubt that So Yeon Ryu and Sei Young Kim would have been heavy favorites in this match.”
Rankin – “Sei Young Kim is a player to be reckoned with. She is a world-class player.”

Jing Yan (University of Washington Alum) Talking to Golf Channel’s Karen Stupples following her match
Jing Yan – “What coach [Mary Lou Mulflur] did and the team did this year was so inspiring. Going into that tournament they were underdogs as well. I felt like if they could do it, we could do anything today.”

-NBC Sports Group-