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CME Group Championship Primer: History, TV, Field, Odds

The LPGA Tour’s 2018 season wraps up this week with the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla.

Along with the crowning of the champion of the tournament finale, several season-ending awards, including the Race to the CME Globe are still up for grabs.

LPGA CME Group Championship
Austin Ernst tees off on the 14th hole during the final round of the CME Group Championship at Tiburon GC on November 19, 2017 in Naples, FL. Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Race to the CME Globe is the LPGA Tour’s version of the FedExCup, a season-long points competition.

The field will include the top 72 LPGA players in the points standings, headlined by world No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn.


THE SKINNY

Name: CME Group Tour Championship
Date: November 15-18, 2018
Course: Tiburon Golf Club (Gold)
Where: Naples, Fla.
Distance: 6,556 Yards, Par 71
Field/Format: 72 players, 72-holes, stroke play
Total Purse: $2,500,000
Winner’s Share: $500,000
CME Globe Bonus: $1,000,000
Defending Champion: Ariya Jutanugarn


TV & ONLINE COVERAGE

Rd 1: Thu 4:30 – 6:30 pm (GOLF)
Rd 2: Fri 4:30 – 6:30 pm (GOLF)
Rd 3: Sat 4:30 – 6:30 pm (GOLF)
Rd 4: Sun 1:00 – 4:00 pm (ABC)
Online: Web | Twitter | Facebook | Youtube | Wikipedia


HISTORY

The CME Group Tour Championship debuted in November 2014, following five seasons of two similar, but different, season-enders: the LPGA Tour Championship (2009-2010) and the CME Group Titleholders (2011-2013).

Lydia Ko Wins 2014 CME Group Championship and Race to CME Globe
Lydia Ko poses with her trophies after winning the 2014 CME Group Championship and Race to CME Globe. Photo by Sam Grenwood/Getty Images

The title sponsor is the CME Group, a financial securities corporation based in Chicago.

The inaugural winner was New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, who posted a 10-under and beat Carlota Ciganda and Julieta Granada in a playoff. The next two contests (2015 and 2016) were won by Cristie Kerr (-17) and Charley Hull (-19), respectively.

The tournament has been played at Tiburon Golf Club’s Gold Course since its inception, dating back to the CME Titleholder’s final edition in 2013, where Shanshan Feng edged Gerina Piller by a stroke.

TOURNAMENT RECORDS
Low Round: 62 (-10) – Lydia Ko (Round 2, 2016)
Low Score: 269 (-19) – Charley Hull (2016)

RECENT WINNERS
2017: Ariya Jutanugarn (-15)
2016: Charley Hull (−19)
2015: Cristie Kerr (−17)
2014: Lydia Ko (−10)


2017 CME GLOBE CHAMPIONSHIP

Lexi Thompson missed a tap-in two-footer for par on Tiburón Golf Club’s final hole, opening the door for Ariya Jutanugarn to finish birdie-birdie and win the CME Group Tour Championship by one stroke over Thompson and Jessica Korda.

Lexi Thompson
Lexi Thompson poses with the trophy after winning the Race to CME Globe at Tiburon GC on November 19, 2017 in Naples, FL. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images

Despite the final-stroke mental lapse, Thompson’s T2 finish gave her the season-long Race to CME Globe title, and its $1 million bonus. She also took home the Vare Trophy for the season’s low scoring average.

FINAL TOP 5: TOURNAMENT
1. Ariya Jutanugarn -15
2. Lexi Thompson -14
2. Jessica Korda -14
4. Eun-Hee Ji -13
4. Pernilla Lindberg -13

FINAL TOP 5: CME POINTS
1. Lexi Thompson 7,450
2. Sung Hyun Park 6,250
3. Ariya Jutanugarn 5,900
4. Shanshan Feng 4,820
5. So Yeon Ryu 4,500


THE RACE TO CME GLOBE

The Race to the CME Globe is a season-long points competition in which players accumulate points in official LPGA tournaments. Following the Blue Bay LPGA – the season’s 31st stop, the top 72 LPGA Members, as well as any non-member winners and any alternates, in the Race to the CME Globe points standings were seeded into the championship field.

Brooke Henderson and caddie sister during the final round of the CME Group Championship at Tiburon GC on November 19, 2017 in Naples, FL. Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

For the top five players, it’s easy – win the CME Group Tour Championship and walk away with the $1 million bonus as well. Players ranked from No. 6 to No. 12 also have a mathematical shot, but it gets dicey laying out scenarios.

THE CME GLOBE CONTENDERS
1. Ariya Jutanugarn – 5000
2. Minjee Lee – 4750
3. Brooke Henderson – 4500
4. Nasa Hataoka – 4250
5. Sung Hyun Park – 4000
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6. Sei Young Kim – 3600
7. Jin Young Ko – 3200
8. So Yeon Ryu – 2800
9. Moriya Jutanugarn – 2400
10. Lydia Ko – 2100
11. Marina Alex – 1800
12. Carlota Ciganda – 1600


CME GROUP FIELD: RANK & ODDS

CME Group Championship | Tiburón Golf Club | Naples, FL | Nov. 15-18, 2018


PLACE YOUR BETS ON THE CME GROUP CHAMPIONSHIP AT BOVADA



UP NEXT ON TOUR

The CME Group Tour Championship is the final tournament of the 2018 LPGA Tour season.

The Tour will go on a two-month-plus break and return at the end of January 2019 to kickoff the new season with the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic at the Ocean Club in Nassau.


Credits: LPGA Tour Communications, Getty Images


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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