June 2, 2006

Park and Sorenstam return to do Lexus battle

By Ossian Shine

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Thrashed by an Annika Sorenstam-led
team of Internationals at last year's inaugural Lexus Cup,
Asian team captain Grace Park on Friday vowed to wreak revenge
at this year's Singapore event.

"My strategy is to win every match, win every day and win
the cup," the South Korean smiled on video at a news conference
staged by the hosting Tanah Merah Country Club.

"I am thrilled to be back to captain the Asian team. This
year, definitely, my team is going to be ready to win -- I am
going to be ready to win."

Sorenstam will again lead the International team at the
$960,000 event, which will this year be sanctioned by the LPGA.

The Swede captained her side to a 16-8 victory in 2005.

"We had a lot of fun last time," she said. "It's a
first-class event and will finish the season really well."

Last year the teams were selected by the two captains.

With LPGA sanctioning, this year's qualification process
will be more formal.

The two 12-member teams will be selected based on players'
rankings and season earnings plus two captains' picks and two
sponsors' exemptions.

The event will take place on Tanah Merah's Garden Course
from December 15-17.