UL International Crown is a biennial event from the LPGA, the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. We asked the Swedish team to share their thoughts on playing in this year’s tournament.

Anna Nordqvist: “It’s a big honor. Obviously we’re not doing it (team golf) week to week. It’s a great honor and I’m certainly looking forward to being in Korea with my teammates. I know there’s a lot of support in Korea, so I expect it to be bigger than anything we’ve seen in the past.

“We weren’t ranked high in ‘14 when we played and we finished second. You just never know. I think we have a pretty good team, but you just never know. Thailand’s going to be strong. Korea’s going to be strong and the U.S. is going to be strong. There’s a lot of strong teams, so we’ll see. With all the music and the atmosphere, it’s just a different vibe than other tournaments. I’m looking forward to it.”

Madelene Sagstrom: “Every time I get a chance to represent Sweden, I’m proud. I’m a proud Swede. It means everything to be able to play for something bigger than yourself and to have three other girls with me and try and support Sweden the best that we can. We’re going to have a strong team. I know from both Solheim Cup experience and other team experiences that, when you get down to it, we can pull something out. So I’m excited. We have a good team on paper, so it’ll be fun.

“Just by being in Korea, it’s going to take it to the next level. It’s going to be crazy. It’s a fun format for everybody and it’s going to be very entertaining. Also, I think being played in Korea will grow the event a lot more just by being there and being staged in one of the top countries of golf nowadays.

“I’m going to spend some time in Sweden before the UL International Crown, to catch up with my coach and prep on things. I’m going to work on my putting. When it comes down to it, at those types of events, it comes down to putting really good. I’m really excited about how I’m playing and I’m going to keep trusting that process. Hopefully it’ll all solve itself by then.”

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