Singapore, November 7, 2007: World number four Suzann Pettersen and world number five Cristie Kerr are ready to bring their ‘A’ game Down Under for Lexus Cup 2007 after an amazing year on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour (LPGA).
Suzann Pettersen will be one to watch as she is in blistering form this season having won her first LPGA Tour event in May at the Michelob ULTRA Open. Building on this success, she has just clinched the last two consecutive LPGA events – the Hana Bank KOLON Championship and the Honda LPGA in Thailand. The McDonalds LPGA Championship and the Longs Drugs Challenge can be added to the impressive tally and this run of form looks set to continue as she edges nearer the Lexus Cup and her best season ever on Tour. Currently in second place on the LPGA Official Money List (as of 5th November), fans will be eager to catch her fine form in action at Lexus Cup 2007.
Celebrating its third edition, the Lexus Cup will be held for the very first time in Australia at The Vines Resort and Country Club in Perth, Western Australia, from 7-9 December 2007. The prestigious LPGA Tour-sanctioned season-ending ladies team golf tournament will feature 24 of the best women golfers competing in a team competition with defending champions Team Asia, led by Se-Ri Pak lining up against Team International, captained by Annika Sorenstam.
The second confirmed player for Team International, Cristie Kerr has also been thriving on Tour breaking through to win her first major of her career at the U.S Women’s Open and has also finished in the top-ten at the other three majors which is no small feat.
Both players have experience of the team format and will lead an expected strong charge from Annika and her team in an attempt to reclaim the title they lost to Team Asia in Singapore, 2006. They played on opposing sides at the Solheim Cup in September, where Pettersen dropped her singles match to Team USA’s Stacy Prammanasudh but came away with a creditable one win, one loss and two halves. It was only her third loss in Solheim Cup competition and she looks to be a mainstay for Team Europe for some time yet. Kerr made her fourth appearance at the event for U.S.A and has won the event on three occasions.
Kerr makes her debut for Team International at The Vines but after ten years on the Tour, she will be ready for the challenge.
“I really enjoy playing in team events with my friends and competitors and this is a fantastic way for me to end the season,” said Kerr. “I have had a great time on tour this year and I really hope I can put in a good performance at The Vines to help Annika and my teammates claim a second victory.”
This will be Pettersen’s second appearance in the Lexus Cup, having played in the inaugural edition in 2005 at the Tanah Merah Country Club in Singapore where she came away with a perfect three wins out of three, and contributed to Team International’s runaway 16-8 victory. She cites her aggressive style of play and way of thinking, plus a passion for the game as her best weapon. Her blistering form in 2007 will no doubt spur on a fine performance and she will hope to maintain her unbeaten record for the event.
Said Pettersen: “It’s always an honor to represent Team International. As this will be the same format as the Solheim Cup, I will be looking back to learn from my experiences there. I love team competition and I would dearly love to win the Lexus Cup again.”
Welcoming Pettersen and Kerr, Vince Socco, Senior Vice President, Toyota Motor Asia-Pacific, said: “We are truly excited to confirm these two world class players for the Lexus Cup 2007 as members of Team International. Their achievements this season are outstanding and fans in Australia and from the world will certainly welcome them and the added excitement they will bring to the quality of play.”
Western Australian Tourism Minister Sheila McHale said golf fans would be treated to three days of exhilarating action from the World’s best on the women’s Tour: “With the growing popularity of women’s golf, it is great to see a truly prestigious tournament like the Lexus Cup coming to Perth this year,” Ms McHale said.
“The line-up announced today is world-class and is sure to draw golf fans from Perth and all around the world.”
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 Rankings and the LPGA Official Money List, along with captain’s picks and sponsors exemptions. This year’s final list of players qualifying for the tournament will be announced after the ADT Championship on November 19, 2008. Team Captains Annika Sorenstam and Se-Ri Pak will lead the teams of 12 players over the three-day tournament, competing in foursomes, fourball and singles.