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Golf - 26. November 2007.

AUSTRALIAN NIKKI CAMPBELL SELECTED FOR TEAM INTERNATIONAL



Perth, Australia, November 26, 2007: Lexus today announced the final eight players who have been selected through Captain’s and Sponsor’s picks to take part in the Lexus Cup 2007. Scheduled to take place at The Vines Resort and Country Club in Perth, Western Australia from 7-9 December, the Lexus Cup 2007 boasts the highest ranking players ever and the stage is set for a tough battle between Team Asia and Team International.

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Lexus have chosen to select Australian Nikki Campbell for Team International along with Stacy Prammanasudh as sponsor’s picks. Campbell is making a return to the Lexus Cup having played in the 2006 edition in Singapore. The 27-year-old plays predominantly in Australia and Japan and is one of the most consistent golfers on the Japan LPGA Tour. From 24 tournaments this year, she has chalked up nine top ten results, with a season’s best 2nd in the Christal Geyser in August. She has not missed a cut since mid-April, getting in the money for a remarkable 18 consecutive tournaments. Seventy-five per cent of her career earnings of US$1.2 million have come from the Japan LPGA Tour.

Said Campbell, “I’m honoured to be selected for Team International yet again for the Lexus Cup. This year’s tournament will be extra special for me as I will be playing in my home country, which makes me an ambassador of sorts. In that respect, let me extend my warmest welcome to all the golfers who will be arriving in Perth, you’ll love playing here and I am sure we will have a cracking tournament!”

Prammanasudh is also familiar with the Lexus Cup having played alongside Campbell in 2006 and recording two wins and a draw for the tournament. Winner of the Fields Open in Hawaii and a further nine top-ten finishes under her belt for the season, she is a strong addition to the team that is aiming to win the trophy on home soil.

Lexus’ selections for Team Asia add to the diversity of the line-up in the form of Ayako Uehara from Japan and Taiwanese star Candie Kung. Candie has had a quiet season compared to her normal high-flying achievements but her experience at the previous two Lexus Cup will be invaluable when mentoring new comers such as Uehara. Uehara currently plays on the Japan Ladies Professional Tour, turning professional in 2004 and made her first appearance in an LPGA event at the Mizuno Classic this year finishing a respectable tied 41st.

Vince Socco, Senior Vice President, Toyota Motor Asia-Pacific, said, “The sponsor’s picks are always a challenging decision for Lexus with the wealth of talented players growing each year. We feel that by adding these four players to their respective teams will boost the quality of play and make for a really exciting three days of play. A mixture of experience and youth is important in any team setting and we think we have added the right balance and are excited about seeing all the girls in action.”

Annika Sorenstam and Se Ri Pak, as Captains of Team International and Team Asia respectively, have made their two selections each to finalise the showdown at The Vines. Lexus Cup veteran Sorenstam has opted for a mix of experience and form with Nicole Castrale making her debut and Matthew returning to the fold, having played in the inaugural edition in Singapore 2005.

Now in her 13th year on tour, Matthew remains one of the most consistent players on Tour and sits inside the top thirty on both the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings and the LPGA Official Money list. Having made three appearances for the European Team in the Solheim Cup, Matthew is a perfect player to select for her experience and ability to remain composed in those tight team finishes we are likely to witness.

Riding on a wave of confidence after passing the US$1million mark in career earnings, Nicole Castrale became the sixth Rolex first-time winner this season when she won the Ginn Tribute in June, hosted by her captain Annika.

Making team selections for the third year, Annika said, “I am very excited about Team International this year and think we have the strongest field ever. It was not easy to select just two players from the wealth of talent on Tour at present but I think Catriona and Nicole are worthy picks and they will be a great addition to my team in Perth.”

Se Ri Pak, in her first year as Captain of Team Asia has also opted for the youth and experience combination, bringing back Meena Lee and inviting a rising star from Taiwan, Amy Hung.

Meena Lee joins Candie Kung as the only players representing Team Asia to have played in every Lexus Cup since its inauguration. Amy Hung is the leading money-earner from the current pool of Taiwanese players on the LPGA. She has improved rapidly this season, finishing in the top-ten for both the Navistar LPGA Classic and the Longs Drug Challenge.

Making her first crucial decision as Captain, Se Ri said, “We have a tough challenge ahead of us to retain the Lexus Cup on International territory but I hope the crowd will get behind us and get to enjoy another close contest.”

On the Captain’s picks, Socco continued, “Annika and Se Ri are going to be great leaders at the Lexus Cup 2007 and I think they have chosen wisely with their additional two selections. It is not an easy decision with the feast of talent in the golfing scene at the moment but they have used their wealth of experience to pick players that will add confidence, skill and enthusiasm to their line-ups. We wish them all the very best and look forward to some exciting pairings over the three-day event.”

Robbie Henchman, Senior Vice President of IMG echoes the sentiment, “This year’s playing field is the best we have had and we are delighted to be hosting such a quality group of players in Perth. The LPGA sanctioning positions the Lexus Cup amongst the top tournaments on the calendar and we think the final selections announced today make for a thrilling three-day event for everyone who attends.”

The 2007 Lexus Cup is officially sanctioned by the LPGA as its season-ending event. Selection for places in both the International and Asian teams is based on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings and the LPGA Official Money List, along with captain’s picks and sponsor’s exemptions. Team Captains Annika Sorenstam and Se-Ri Pak will lead the teams of 12 players over the three-day tournament, competing in fourball, foursomes and singles.


TEAM INTERNATIONAL

ROLEX WOMEN’S WORLD RANKING QUALIFICATION

PLAYER (Rolex Women's World Ranking),
(LPGA Official Money List
)

COUNTRY

CAPTAIN Annika Sorenstam (Rolex #3) (LPGA #25)

Sweden

Cristie Kerr (Rolex #5) (LPGA #6)

United States

Suzann Pettersen (Rolex #4) (LPGA #2)

Norway

Morgan Pressel (Rolex #12) (LPGA #9)

United States



LPGA OFFICIAL MONEY LIST QUALIFICATION

Natalie Gulbis (Rolex #21) (LPGA #12)

United States

Maria Hjorth (Rolex #30) (LPGA #11)

Sweden

Brittany Lincicome (Rolex #16) (LPGA #13)

United States

Angela Park (Rolex #29) (LPGA #8)

Brazil



SPONSOR’S PICKS

Nikki Campbell (Rolex #65)

Australia

Stacy Prammanasudh (Rolex #15) (LPGA #14)

United States



ANNIKA’S PICKS

Nicole Castrale (Rolex #28) (LPGA #15)

United States

Catriona Matthew (Rolex #26) (LPGA #28)

Scotland



TEAM ASIA

ROLEX WOMEN’S WORLD RANKING QUALIFICATION

PLAYER (Rolex Women's World Ranking),
( LPGA Official Money List
)

COUNTRY

CAPTAIN Se Ri Pak (Rolex #10) (LPGA #16)

Korea

Jeong Jang (Rolex #11) (LPGA #7)

Korea

Jee Young Lee (Rolex #14) (LPGA #10)

Korea

Ji Yai Shin (Rolex #8)

Korea



LPGA OFFICIAL MONEY LIST QUALIFICATION

Shi Hyun Ahn (Rolex #35) (LPGA #27)

Korea

In-Kyung Kim (Rolex #48) (LPGA #31)

Korea

Sarah Lee (Rolex #41) (LPGA #20)

Korea

Seon Hwa Lee (Rolex #19) (LPGA #5)

Korea

SPONSOR’S PICKS

Candie Kung (Rolex #83) (LPGA #78)

Taiwan

Ayako Uehara (Rolex #108)

Japan

SE RI’S PICKS

Amy Hung (Rolex #95) (LPGA #44)

Taiwan

Meena Lee (Rolex #59) (LPGA #48)

Korea

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