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

Charley Hull putts on the 18th hole during the second round of the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon GC on Nov 16, 2018 in Naples, Fla. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann via Getty Images)

The LPGA Tour’s 2021 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 are still up for grabs, including the Rolex Player of the Year, the LPGA Money Title, and the Vare Trophy (Low Score Average).

The Race to the CME Globe is a season-long points competition to gain entry into the championship where it’s winner take all. The player who wins the CME Group Tour Championship is named the “Race to the CME Globe Champion.”

The field will include the top 60 LPGA players in the points standings, headlined by world Nos. 1 and 2 in Nelly Korda and Jin Young Ko, respectively.


The Skinny

CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon
Megan Khang plays her shot from the 18th tee during the second round of the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon GC on Dec 18, 2020 in Naples, Fla. (Photo by Michael Reaves via Getty Images)

Event: CME Group Tour Championship
Title Sponsor: CME Group
LPGA Tour Debut: 2014
Dates: Nov. 18-21, 2021
Where: Naples, Florida
Course: Tiburón Golf Club (Gold)
Distance: Par 72, 6556 yards
Purse: $5,000,000
Winning Share: $1,500,000
Watch: Golf Channel
Defending Champion: Jin Young Ko


How to Follow the CME Group Tour Championship

How to Watch CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon
Jerry Foltz of The Golf Channel talks with Cristie Kerr on the course during the second round of the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon GC on Nov 22, 2019 in Naples, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood via Getty Images)

Television: Thu-Fri: 3-5 p.m. (GOLF, Live); Sat: 4-7 p.m. (GOLF, Tape Delay); Sun: 1-4 p.m. ET (NBC, Live)

Live Stream: Thu-Sat: 2-5 p.m. (NBC Sports App, GolfChannel.com); Sun: 1-4 p.m. (NBC Sports App, GolfChannel.com)

LINKS: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


CME Group Tour Championship History

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 CME Group Tour Championship debuted in November 2011, following two seasons of a season-ender titled the LPGA Tour Championship (2009-2010). The first iteration was the CME Group Titleholders (2011-2013).

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

In 2014 the LPGA Tour introduced a season-long points race, the Race to the CME Globe, and a $1 million bonus.

The inaugural winner of the current format was New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, who posted a 10-under par, then edging Carlota Ciganda and Julieta Granada in a playoff. Ko also won the season-long points title.

The next two contests (2015 and 2016) were won by Cristie Kerr (-17) and Charley Hull (-19), respectively.

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

History: Recent Winners

2020: Jin Young Ko (-18)
2019: Sei Young Kim (-18)
2018: Lexi Thompson (-18)
2017: Ariya Jutanugarn (-15)
2016: Charley Hull (−19)
2015: Cristie Kerr (−17)
2014: Lydia Ko (−10)

History: Records

Low Round: 62 (-10) – Lydia Ko (Rd 2, 2016)
Low Score: 269 (-19) – Charley Hull (2016)
Win Margin: 5 – Jin Young Ko (2020)


CME Group Tour Championship Field

Jin Young Ko
Jin Young Ko looks on from the 11th tee during the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon GC on Dec 20, 2020 in Naples, Fla. (Photo by Michael Reaves via Getty Images)

World No. 1 Nelly Korda headlines a field that will feature nine of the world’s top-10 ranked players, including No. 2, and the defending champion, Jin Young Ko.

In 2020, Ko earned her way into the season-ending event in three tournaments, making her season debut only at the Pelican Women’s Championship. Ko went on to best the field by five strokes after a Sunday 66 to cap off the year with a victory, the seventh of her career at the time.

Fast forward to this week, and Ko leads the Rolex Player of the Year award standings with 191 points, 10 ahead of Korda, which each player securing four wins so far in 2021.

Nelly Korda Wins Pelican Women’s Championship
Nelly Korda plays a shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the Pelican Women’s Championship at Pelican Golf Club on Nov 14, 2021 in Belleair, Fla. (Photo by Sam Greenwood via Getty Images)

Joining Korda and Ko are six past champions, including Lydia Ko (2014), Lexi Thompson (2018) and Sei Young Kim (2019), all coming off an appearance in the final playoff at the Pelican Women’s Championship.

Top-5 Betting Favorites

1. Jin Young Ko (4-1)
2. Nelly Korda (5-1)
3. Lydia Ko (7-1)
4. Brooke Henderson (14-1)
5. Sei Young Kim (14-1)

Full Field & Odds

CME Group Championship | Tiburón GC | Naples, FL | Nov. 18-21, 2021


Credits: LPGA Tour Communications, Getty Images


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