I.K. Kim Clinches Team Korea Spot for International Crown Matches

South Korea's In-Kyung Kim watches her shot during the final round of the 2018 KPMG PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Illinois. Credit: Getty Images/Gregory Shamus

I.K. Kim’s share of eighth on Sunday allowed the reigning Women’s British Open titleholder to bump Hye-Jin Choi from the fourth and final berth on Team Korea for this fall’s UL International Crown team event.

South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim watches her shot during the final round of the 2018 KPMG PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Illinois. Credit: Getty Images/Gregory Shamus

Only four players from each of the eight qualifying nations make the roster, based on world rankings after the Women’s PGA Championship. Kim rose to No.7 in this week’s rankings as Choi – who was not at Kemper Lakes – slipped to 11th.

On Team Korea, anyone not in the top 10 apparently need not apply.

World No.1 Inbee Park tops the Korean lineup along with two of Sunday’s playoff combatants – champion Sung Hyun Park (No.2) and So Yeon Ryu (No.4). This year’s event tees off Oct. 4 at Jack Nicklaus GC on the outskirts of Incheon, South Korea.

It’ll be the third edition of the International Crown, with Team Korea still looking for its first win – they were runners-up two years ago and third in the inaugural edition.

The United States will defend its title with Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie.

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