The United States had a mixed start on the opening day of the UL International Crown team golf tournament on Thursday, splitting the fourballs against Sweden, while favorite South Korea collected a maximum four points with two wins over Taiwan.

Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson gave the U.S. a winning start in the eight-nation, 32-player tournament against Pernilla Lindberg and Madelene Sagstrom to win 2-up.

England’s Ewart Shadoff watches her shot on the first hole during the first round of the UL International Crown golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The defending champion’s other pairing, Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda, had a disastrous start, however, and was 4 down after five holes against Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall. The American pair rallied to become all square by the 13th hole, only to lose 2-up.

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn watches her shot on the first hole during the first round of the UL International Crown golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The results left the U.S. and Sweden with two points each.

After three days of fourballs, the top two teams from each pool and one wild-card team progress to the singles event on Sunday with the team collecting the most points over the four days taking the title. Teams get two points for a win and one if the match is halved.

England’s Charley Hull watches her shot on the first hole during the first round of the UL International Crown golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Due to fears that Typhoon Kong-rey could hit the Korean peninsula over the weekend, organizers hoped to complete two rounds on Friday in an attempt to finish the tournament on Saturday.

Australia’s Minjee Lee watches her shot on the 2nd hole during the first round of the UL International Crown golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Only host South Korea collected four points, although the top-seeded team had a tough time against eighth-seeded Taiwan.

Cheered on by the home crowd at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Seoul, world No.1 Sung Hyun Park and I.K. Kim defeated Candie Kung and Phoebe Yao, 1 up. So Yeon Ryu and In Gee Kim overcame Teresa Lu and Wei-Ling Hsu, 2 up.

Japan’s Mamiko Higa watches her shot on the 2nd hole during the first round of the UL International Crown golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Soth Korea tops Pool A with England second.

Minjee Lee of Australia, left, and her teammate Sarah Jane Smith, right, walk on the first hole during the first round of the UL International Crown golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The fourth-seeded England team took three of four points from fifth-seeded Australia, with Bronte Law and Jodie Ewart Shadoff birdieing the fourth and fifth holes to move ahead against Katherine Kirk and Su Oh. Successive birdies from Shadoff on the ninth and 10th holes extended the lead before both Kirk and Oh bogeyed 15 to give the English a 4 and 3 win.

Caroline Hedwall of Sweden watches her shot during the first round of the UL International Crown golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The other game between England’s Charley Hull and Georgia Hall and Australia’s Minjee Lee and Sarah Jane Smith ended all square.

In Pool B, sixth-seeded Thailand moved into first by taking three points against third-seeded Japan.

Caroline Hedwall of Sweden, left, talks with her teammate Anna Dordqvist during the first round of the UL International Crown golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Ariya Jutanugarn and Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong beat Misuzu Narita and Mamiko Higa 2 and 1. Japan salvaged a point against Moriya Jutanugarn and Pornanong Phatlum thanks to a birdie on No. 18 that halved the game.

Candie Kung of Taiwan watches her shot during the first round of the UL International Crown golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, in Incheon, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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Source: The Associated Press