CME Group Tour Championship

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CME Group Tour Championship
Tournament information
Location Naples, Florida
Established 2011
Course(s) Tiburón Golf Club,
Gold Course
Par 72[1]
Length 7,271 yards (6,649 m)[2]
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play - 72 holes
Prize fund $2.0 million
Month played November
Tournament record score
Aggregate 273 Shanshan Feng (2013)
To par −15 Shanshan Feng (2013)
Current champion
New Zealand Lydia Ko
2014 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 about 70 players.

In 2014 the LPGA Tour introduced a season-long points race, the Race to the CME Globe, and a $1 million bonus.[3][4] 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 financial securities corporation 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.[5]

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] For 2013 and 2014 it was again played in Naples but 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.[6] The purse was raised to $2 million in 2013, with a 35% winner's share of $700,000, the highest of the year.[7] 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.[3]

Tournament names[edit]

  • 2011–13: CME Group Titleholders
  • 2014–present: CME Group Tour Championship

Winners[edit]

Year Dates Champion Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Course Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
2014 Nov 20–23 Lydia Ko  New Zealand 71-71-68-68=278 −10 Playoff Spain Carlota Ciganda, Paraguay Julieta Granada Tiburón Golf Club, Gold Course 2,000,000 500,000
2013 Nov 21–24 Shanshan Feng  China 66-74-67-66=273 −15 1 stroke United States Gerina Piller Tiburón Golf Club, Gold Course 2,000,000 700,000
2012 Nov 15–18 Na Yeon Choi  South Korea 67-68-69-70=274 −14 2 strokes South Korea So Yeon Ryu TwinEagles Club, Eagle Course 1,500,000 500,000
2011 Nov 17–20 Hee Young Park  South Korea 71-69-69-70=279 −9 2 strokes Germany Sandra Gal
United States Paula Creamer
Grand Cypress G.C. (N/S) 1,500,000 500,000

Race to the CME Globe winners[edit]

Year Player Country Points Runner-up Points
2014 Lydia Ko  New Zealand 7,500 Stacy Lewis 5,650

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CME Group Titleholders Course Info". LPGA. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Final results: CME Group Titleholders". ESPN. November 23, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "LPGA Launches Inaugural "Race to the CME Globe"". LPGA. January 8, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ "LPGA Tour goes to points race". ESPN. Associated Press. January 8, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "CME Group to sponsor LPGA Season-Ending Titleholders tournament". LPGA. March 7, 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ "2010 LPGA Tour Championship - results". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ Voepel, Mechelle (November 24, 2013). "Shanshan Feng enjoys big payday". ESPNW. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Tiburón GC is located in United States
Tiburón GC
Tiburón GC
Location in the United States

Coordinates: 26°14′53″N 81°45′54″W / 26.248°N 81.765°W / 26.248; -81.765