Sokor feels pressure

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FILE - In this March 25, 2018, file photo, Cristie Kerr hits a tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Kia Classic LPGA golf tournament, in Carlsbad, Calif. South Korea is determined to take the UL International Crown from the defending champion United States, hoping that a partisan home crowd will be a help and not a hindrance. American Kerr feels the pressure will be all on the hosts. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

INCHEON, South Korea — South Korea is determined to take the UL International Crown from the defending champion United States this week, hoping that a partisan home crowd will be a help and not a hindrance.

American Cristie Kerr feels the pressure will be all on the hosts.

South Korea finished third in the first edition of the LPGA eight-nation event in 2014 when Spain was victorious and then was runner-up to Team USA in 2016.

Now the star-studded hosts are aiming to go one better at the Jack Nicholas Golf Club Korea, 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Seoul, where 32 of the best female golfers in the world will gather to tee off in the first round of foursomes play on Thursday.

To do so it will have to outperform the other seven four-person teams. South Korea is in Pool A along with opening-day opponents Taiwan as well as England and Australia.

The United States, the second-ranked team, tees off in Pool B against Sweden with Japan taking on Thailand.

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