CME Group Tour Championship

The CME Group Tour Championship is a women's professional golf tournament, the season-ending event of the LPGA Tour. It succeeded the LPGA Tour Championship, which was played for two seasons in 2009 and 2010. From 2011 to 2013 the tournament was called the CME Group Titleholders. The tournament has a limited field of 60 players.

CME Group Tour Championship
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Tournament information
LocationNaples, Florida
Established2011
Course(s)Tiburón Golf Club,
The Gold Course
Par72[1]
Length6,556 yards (5,995 m)
Tour(s)LPGA Tour
FormatStroke play - 72 holes
Prize fund$5 million
Month playedNovember
(December in 2020)
Tournament record score
Aggregate269 Charley Hull (2016)
To par−19 as above
Current champion
South Korea Kim Sei-young
2020 CME Group Tour Championship
Tiburón GC is located in the United States
Tiburón GC
Tiburón GC
Location in the United States

In 2014 the LPGA Tour introduced a season-long points race, the Race to the CME Globe, and a $1 million bonus.[2][3] The CME Group Tour Championship marked the end of this season-long "Race". Each player's season-long "Race to the CME Globe" points were "reset" before the tournament based on their position in the points list. "Championship points" were then awarded to the top 40 players in the CME Group Tour Championship which were added to their "reset points" to determine the overall winner of the "Race to the CME Globe".

The title sponsor is the CME Group, a global derivatives marketplace based in Chicago. LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan announced on March 7, 2011, that CME had signed a three-year contract to sponsor the tournament. CME had previous experience hosting pro-am events with LPGA players.[4]

The first tournament was played in November 2011 at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Florida, which had hosted the 2010 LPGA Tour Championship. In 2012, the tournament moved to the Eagle Course of the TwinEagles Club, in Naples, Florida.[1] Since 2013, it has been played in Naples at the Gold Course of the Tiburón Golf Club.

The 2011 winner earned $500,000, a full one-third of the $1.5 million purse. The first-place money was the second highest in women's golf, exceeded only by the U.S. Women's Open. Most events on the LPGA Tour have a standard schedule for distribution of the purse, with a winner's share of 15%. The 2010 LPGA Tour Championship had the same purse of $1.5 million, with a winner's share of $225,000 but it was a 120-player event rather than the limited field of the 2011 event.[5] The purse was raised to $2 million in 2013, with a 35% winner's share of $700,000, the highest of the year.[6] For 2014 the purse was maintained at $2 million but, with the introduction of the "Race to the CME Globe", the winner's share was reduced to one-quarter at $500,000, second only to the U.S. Women's Open.[2] In 2019, the purse increased to $5 million with $1.5 million going to the winner, the largest winner's share in women's golf.[7]

Tournament namesEdit

  • 2011–2013: CME Group Titleholders
  • 2014–present: CME Group Tour Championship

WinnersEdit

Year Dates Champion Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Course Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
2020 Dec 17–20   Tiburón Golf Club, The Gold Course 5,000,000 1,500,000
2019 Nov 21–24 Kim Sei-young   South Korea 65-67-68-70=270 −18 1 stroke   Charley Hull Tiburón Golf Club, The Gold Course 5,000,000 1,500,000
2018 Nov 15–18 Lexi Thompson   United States 65-67-68-70=270 −18 4 strokes   Nelly Korda Tiburón Golf Club, The Gold Course 2,500,000 500,000
2017 Nov 16–19 Ariya Jutanugarn   Thailand 68-71-67-67=273 −15 1 stroke   Jessica Korda
  Lexi Thompson
Tiburón Golf Club, The Gold Course 2,500,000 500,000
2016 Nov 17–20 Charley Hull   England 67-70-66-66=269 −19 2 strokes   Ryu So-yeon Tiburón Golf Club, The Gold Course 2,000,000 500,000
2015 Nov 19–22 Cristie Kerr   United States 68-69-66-68=271 −17 1 stroke   Jang Ha-na
  Gerina Piller
Tiburón Golf Club, The Gold Course 2,000,000 500,000
2014 Nov 20–23 Lydia Ko   New Zealand 71-71-68-68=278 −10 Playoff   Carlota Ciganda
  Julieta Granada
Tiburón Golf Club, The Gold Course 2,000,000 500,000
2013 Nov 21–24 Shanshan Feng   China 66-74-67-66=273 −15 1 stroke   Gerina Piller Tiburón Golf Club, The Gold Course 2,000,000 700,000
2012 Nov 15–18 Choi Na-yeon   South Korea 67-68-69-70=274 −14 2 strokes   Ryu So-yeon TwinEagles Club, Eagle Course 1,500,000 500,000
2011 Nov 17–20 Park Hee-young   South Korea 71-69-69-70=279 −9 2 strokes   Paula Creamer
  Sandra Gal
Grand Cypress G.C. (N/S) 1,500,000 500,000

Race to the CME Globe winnersEdit

Year Player Country Points Runner-up Points
2018 Ariya Jutanugarn (2)   Thailand 6,760   Brooke Henderson 5,200
2017 Lexi Thompson   United States 7,450   Park Sung-hyun 6,250
2016 Ariya Jutanugarn   Thailand 6,800   Lydia Ko 5,050
2015 Lydia Ko (2)   New Zealand 6,000   Inbee Park 5,700
2014 Lydia Ko   New Zealand 7,500   Stacy Lewis 5,650

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "CME Group Titleholders Course Info". LPGA. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "LPGA Launches Inaugural "Race to the CME Globe"". LPGA. January 8, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "LPGA Tour goes to points race". ESPN. Associated Press. January 8, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  4. ^ "CME Group to sponsor LPGA Season-Ending Titleholders tournament". LPGA. March 7, 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  5. ^ "2010 LPGA Tour Championship - results". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  6. ^ Voepel, Mechelle (November 24, 2013). "Shanshan Feng enjoys big payday". ESPNW. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  7. ^ Sirak, Ron (November 11, 2019). "Stage Is Set For Season-Ending CME Group Tour Championship". LPGA.

External linksEdit

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