CME Tour Chamionship Preview, whats left to play for and 4 to watch this week in Florida.
Location: Naples, Florida
Course: Tiburón Golf Club
Prize Fund: $ 5,000,000
Defending Champion: Lexi Thompson (USA) -18
As we head into the final event of the 2019 season, the CME Tour Chamionship there is still a lot to play for. None more so than the Race to the CME Globe grand prize of $1.5 million from the $5 million purse that goes to the winner of the CME Group Tour Championship, the largest ever first prize in women’s golf.
On top of that 2 prizes still need to be confirmed after Jin Young Ko won the player of the year and fellow Korean Jeongeun Lee6 won the Rolex rookie of the year. Still up for grabs is the CME Race to the Globe where Ko has a sizable advantage over Canadian Brooke Henderson. The Vare Trophy (low scoring average) is still to be decided and Ko again also leads heading into the last event.
Should Ko claim all the trophies she will join Ariya Jutanugarn as the only player to pick up all the awards while being No.1 in the world. Jutanugarn did it in 2018. It should be an exciting few days in Florida. Below we look at 4 players to watch this week.
Jin Young Ko (South Korea)
What a year it has been for the current world number 1 ranked player. Ko, won two majors this year – the ANA Inspiration and The Evian Championship. She also claimed third in the AIG Women’s British Open and finished in the top 20 in both the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and U.S. Women’s Open.
On top of that she has 2 other victories to her name and 12 top 10 finishes from her 21 starts. As said before she currently leads in all the end of season awards up for grab and is ranked number 1 in the world and in the race for the globe.
Recently she withdrew from her last event at the Swinging Skirts Championship in Taiwan but claimed 2 top 10 finishes in Korea and China prior to that.
First for GIR this year with an incredible 79.15%, can she claim the title to wrap up an
Nelly Korda (USA)
Nelly, is another player who has had a fantastic year and another young player who looks set to dominate on the LPGA for years to come. Nelly, has claimed 2 wins, her first back in February at the Australian Open and her 2nd last time out to successfully defending her Swinging Skirts title in Taiwan. She has also had 11 top 10 finishes from her 19 starts! Nelly also excelled in the Solheim Cup ending up Team USA top point scorer.
Before her win 2 weeks ago she finished 9th and 28th in China and Korea so is coming into this event in good form. Nelly was runner up here last year finishing 4 shots behind Lexi, she was 8th in 2017.
Nelly, is currently 3rd in the world and up to 5th in the Race to the Globe. This season she is 2nd for GIR with 76.83%
Sei Young Kim (South Korea)
Sei Young Kim is on a good run at the moment. She finished 4th 2 weeks ago in Japan at the TOTO Classic and prior to that has had finishes of 9th, 6th and 8th so not outside the top 10 in her last 4 starts.
Kim has had 2 wins this year winning the LPGA Mediheal Championship in February before winning the Marathon Classic in July. She has also had 9 top 10’s from her 24 starts. She finished 10th here last year and 11th back in 2017.
Currently 6th on the CME race to the globe and 12th in the world. She is 5th this season for the number of birdies with 369 averaging just over 4 a round. Expect a good finish to the season from Kim.
Danielle Kang (USA)
What a month October was for Danielle Kang. She won in Shanghi successfully defending her crown at the Buick LPGA before losing in a playoff to Ha Na Jang the following week at the BMW Ladies in Korea. She didn’t play in Japan 2 weeks ago at the TOTO Classic so should be coming in here fresh. She finished here 13th last year so will be looking to improve on that with her recent form.
As well as her victory she has had 10 top 10’s in her 20 stars this year. Currently 8th in the Race to the globe and in the world rankings. 14th in rounds under par this year with 43 at 61.4% of her rounds.
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We are going for Nelly Korda in the final event of the LPGA season.