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Asian stars excited for LPGA team showdown

Published on Jul 22, 2014 8:02 AM

BALTIMORE (AFP) - After two decades of watching US and European women golfers play for the Solheim Cup, top worldwide rivals have their chance at a team title in the LPGA International Crown.

The inaugural edition of the event will begin Thursday at suburban Baltimore's Caves Valley Golf Club with eight teams of four women seeking global bragging rights and the richest share of US$1.6 million (S$1.9 million) in prize money.

"Every time I watch the Solheim Cup, I always wish I could be there playing," Taiwan's third-ranked Tseng Ya-Ni said. "This is the only time I can play for my country. It means a lot to me."

Five-time major champion and former world No. 1 Tseng will join Teresa Lu, Candie Kung and Phoebe Yao for Taiwan in Group A, which also includes Spain, Thailand and the overall top seed United States.

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