Events and Attractions

LPGA's International Crown, without sponsor, unlikely to return

UL dropped out as the title sponsor of the Int'l Crown after the ’20 edition, which was canceled due to the pandemicGETTY IMAGES

The future of the LPGA International Crown, which was played three times from ’14-18 before being cancelled in ’20, “is in question,” and it “likely has been held for the last time,” according to sources cited by Kent Paisley of GOLF DIGEST. The biennial event is not on the ’22 schedule and “no future date for the competition has been set.” UL “dropped out as the title sponsor of the event” after the ’20 edition was scrapped due to the pandemic. While tour officials “have been trying to find a replacement, their efforts have been unsuccessful.” However, the LPGA is “holding out hope the event can be revived.” The International Crown featured eight national teams based on the World Rankings, and while that was a “distinction promoted as the event’s signature feature,” that also included a “quirk that might have been too much to overcome.” Countries like South Korea, Japan and Australia participated in all three events, but New Zealand and Canada -- and respective major champions players Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson -- never did because their talent “hasn't trickled down from its top stars.” Additionally, golf’s inclusion in the Olympics “has provided the LPGA’s top pros a new opportunity to play for their country, potentially taking away some of the International Crown's appeal” (GOLFDIGEST.com, 9/8).

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