Might have been the first-ever typhoon delayed golf tournament.
They finally finished the UL International Crown over in South Korea and to the shock and amazement of all, home-town team South Korea won the title — easily.
The final tally at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea wasn’t very close — 15 points for the South Korean women, 11 each for the good old USA and England. Thailand’s 10 points earned it fourth place.
This event was delayed for the better part of a day but they finally got around to the final round singles matches after two days of best-ball matches. Wins by guitar-playing In-Kyung (I.K.) Kim and Ingee Chun and a half point from So Yeon Ryu in her match with Lexi Thompson were all the South Korean team needed. They had a hefty lead going into the singles and their only Sunday loss came when world’s No. 1 Sung Hyun Park was upset 2-and-1 by Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand.
The South Koreans were a heavy favorite coming into the matches but their players were feeling the pre-tournament heat, even to the point where the team members asked the spectators “to not be critical” if they showed some sub-standard form.
Critical or not, they overcame their own self-imposed pressure along with the soaking from outer bands of typhoon Kong-Rey, which was later downgraded to a tropical storm.