CME Group Tour Championship

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CME Group Tour Championship
CME Group Tour Championship logo.png
Tournament information
LocationNaples, Florida
Established2011
Course(s)Tiburón Golf Club,
The Gold Course
Par72[1]
Length6,540 yards (5,980 m)[2]
Tour(s)LPGA Tour
FormatStroke play - 72 holes
Prize fund$2.5 million
Month playedNovember
Tournament record score
Aggregate269 Charley Hull (2016)
To par−19 as above
Current champion
United States Lexi Thompson
2018 CME Group Tour Championship
Tiburón GC is located in the US
Tiburón GC
Tiburón GC
Location in the United States

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. The event is currently televised by Golf Channel and ABC.

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 ($) Winner's
share ($)
2018 Nov 15–18 Lexi Thompson  United States 65-67-68-70=270 −18 4 strokes United States 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 United States Jessica Korda
United States 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 South Korea 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 South Korea Jang Ha-na
United States 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 Spain Carlota Ciganda
Paraguay 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 United States Gerina Piller Tiburón Golf Club, The 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
2018 Ariya Jutanugarn (2)  Thailand 6,760 Canada Brooke Henderson 5,200
2017 Lexi Thompson  United States 7,450 South Korea Park Sung-hyun 6,250
2016 Ariya Jutanugarn  Thailand 6,800 New Zealand Lydia Ko 5,050
2015 Lydia Ko (2)  New Zealand 6,000 South Korea Inbee Park 5,700
2014 Lydia Ko  New Zealand 7,500 United States 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]

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