2014 CME Group Tour Championship Preview
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Last updated: Friday, November 14, 2014

With only two tournament left to play in the 2014 LPGA season, players are now competing at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico for a chance to secure a place in the final tournament of the year, the CME Group Tour Championship. The Top 72 players in points for this year’s season will earn a spot in the CME Championship and a chance at a $2,000,000 dollar purse, with the winner of the tournament taking home $500,000. The top nine players in points after Lorena Ochoa Invitational is complete will have a chance to become CME Globe Champion and take home an additional $1 million dollars in prize money the largest payout in women’s golf.

One of the favorites and highest in points for this year’s Stacy Lewis has the best chance at the extra prize money. Her overall performance for the year has been outstanding, with three tournament victories this season, the latest being the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in June. Stacy has been a top contender most of the season placing in the top three at seven tournaments. Lewis has already secured the highest points this season even if she doesn’t place in the top ten at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, she will still have the best odds of taking home the extra $1 million dollar in prize money.

Inbee Park had a slow start this year but managed to come back strong in the last half of the season, she claimed back the world number one position from Stacey Lewis in October and is in a strong position coming second in CME points to take the $1 million prize. Park has won three tournaments this year with the latest being the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship in November.

Lydia Ko first pro debut started this year and at age 17 she is the youngest player to win LPGA Tour’s rookie of the year award. Ko won the rookie award with three tournaments remaining on the 2014 LPGA Tour schedule. She currently sits at 3rd on the CME points rankings and has won two tournaments this year the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, and Marathon Classic.

Michelle Wie will have a big challenge this week at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational to try and take third position on the CME rankings from Lydia Ko. To make the top three Michelle must win the Lorena Ochoa Invitational and Ko finish fifth or worse. Michelle has won one tournament this year the U.S. Women’s Open beating Stacey Lewis by 2 strokes. Michelle will have an outside chance to win $1 million dollars and become Race to the CME Globe Champion.

The 2014 season has only seen one tournament win from South Korean player So Yeon Ryu, the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August. However her thirteen top 10s this year have been enough to propel her to 5th on the CME rankings giving her good chance at becoming CME Globe Champion providing the top 3 players in points don’t win the CME Championship.


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