Even if you couldn’t figure out how the final-day format worked, the UL International Crown needed the United States to win. No offense to any of the other seven countries involved but most everyone will agree that a U.S. victory from time to time – not every week – is good for the overall health of the game.
Having said that, the International Crown is a showcase for women’s golf that needs to be embraced, no matter with which country your allegiance lies. Without the International Crown, the South Koreans, Japanese and Taiwanese don’t have a major team event available to them. While the Asian players have dominated the LPGA Tour in recent years, this team event – created by LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan – gives them a unique sense of inclusion.
The Americans have been facing questions as to why they don’t win more tour events and more Solheim Cups. Perhaps this victory is a partial answer.
Jhonattan Vegas needed to win the RBC Canadian Open to save his career. The past couple of years, Vegas has suffered through a variety of injuries. He failed to keep his playing privileges in the 2014-15 season and was playing this season on past-champion status. Now, he is fully exempt for the next two years and will receive an invitation to next year’s Masters.
And this week, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy need to win the PGA Championship to stop the question: What’s wrong? The answer, of course, is: Nothing. If one of them wins, it will change the conversation at least for one player. If none of them win, it’s more than eight months until the next major.
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