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2023 LPGA Cards, CME Group Tour Championship, and more

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BELLEAIR, Florida – While topping the leaderboard at the LPGA Women’s Pelican Championship An exciting penalty shootout featured America’s Best – Nelly Korda and Lexi Thompson – The running battle at the board was just as much, maybe more, at stake.

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Rookie Morgane Metraux entered the penultimate event of the season ranked 101st on the CME Globe’s Race to Race list, one position outside of holding her card. When asked if she felt more pressure playing to win or keep the card, Metraux, who has won both the LET and Epson Tour, didn’t hesitate.

“Playing to keep your job 100 percent,” said Metraux, who jumped up the rankings with a T-4 finish at Pelican. “The thing for me is, playing to win you actually feel like you’re playing really well if you’re in a position to win the tournament, so you can build confidence in that.

“If you’re playing to keep your job, it means you haven’t done a good job. So I think it’s more pressure. It’s like playing to cut the last hole versus playing to win the championship. Both are pressure, but I think the pressure of making the cut is actually harder.” .

Meanwhile, Gerena Mendoza was expected to finish 100th in CME when she hit a hard 18, but found water and made a double-bogey, dropping to #102.

The LPGA cards weren’t the only thing at stake. Players were also competing to finish inside the season top 63 to qualify for the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. Only 60 qualify for the event, but three players – Jessica Korda, Lynn Grant and Enppi Park – will not be competing next week. The CME winner will earn a record $2 million.

Here’s a look at some of the highs and lows from an exciting day in Belleaire, Florida (with the final CME rating):

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Switzerland’s Morgan Mitros line up on the 6th hole during the first round of the Women’s Pelican Tournament at Pelican Golf Club on November 11, 2022 in Bellaire, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrman/Getty Images)

Metraux entered this week at 101st on the CME score list, one spot outside of holding its card. The Swiss player’s 64 shutout moved her well inside the Top 100 and out of the Q Series.

“I really have no words, to be honest,” said Metraux. “It’s as if everything is a bit confusing.”

Metraux entered the final round with an aggressive stance, pushing herself to make birdie. The mindset has paid off. She will travel to Spain next week for the LET Final while her sister Kim heads into the LPGA Q-School Stage 2. Metro’s father, Oliver, flew in from Saudi Arabia Sunday morning after carrying cans for Kim. He noted that last year Morgane went into the final event on the Epson Tour finishing 10th on the money list. (The top ten gets LPGA cards.) With everything on the line, I moved up to ninth.

“She likes pressure,” he said.

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Jenny Shin of South Korea hits her tee shot on the third hole during the second round of the TOTO Japan Classic at Seta Golf Course North Course on November 4, 2022 in Otsu, Shiga, Japan. (Photo by Yoshimasa Nakano/Getty Images)

Jenny Shin has competed in every CME Group Tour tournament since 2011. However, a pair of bogeys on closed holes killed any chance they had of keeping that streak alive. Shen said that she felt the pressure that newbies feel this week, and I didn’t feel good. She missed CME by one point.

“I think it’s the level of talent,” Shin said of why this year has been so difficult. “I am not deteriorating.”

Shane said her shot putt this year is much better than it was six years ago when she won the LPGA Championship. She said most of her disappointments this year can be attributed to her mental game. Shane, 30, admits that she hasn’t always made golf her top priority, but this year she wanted to see how good she could be.

“I try to prove something to myself, and it just never works,” Shane said.

American Stacy Lewis plays her putt on the seventh tee during the first round of the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship at Saticoy Club on October 6, 2022 in Somes, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

USA Cup captain Stacy Lewis entered this week at No. 60 on CME’s list. The former No. 1 seed said she found something with her preparation next week. She also felt that she could be more aggressive on the ball, rather than playing for the foul. Lewis double-bogeyed the final hole but managed to hold on for the 62nd par.

Lewis said: “I knew I had a good chance of making it happen but then I saw that Matilda was playing well and then it makes you pay attention a little bit more. I didn’t play well so I don’t really feel like I deserved it but I’m excited to have another week Because I felt like I did some good things this week, it’s just the golf course I don’t always show.”

Maria Vasi of Mexico reacts to her first hole putt during the final round of the Pelican Women’s Championship at Pelican Golf Club on November 13, 2022 in Belleair, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrman/Getty Images)

Maria Vasi scored a career best 62 to lead the Pelicans after the first day and entered the final round with one stroke. The former NCAA champion got off to a slow start with three bogeys in the front nine. Focus shifted on the defensive nine from winning the event to qualifying for the CME. She needed to finish in the top six at least to have a chance. Instead, El Fassi hauled the final two holes to slide to No. 65 on the CME list.

Ariya Jutanugarn jumped out to take last place.

Matilda Kasterin of Finland hits her tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the TOTO Japan Classic at Seta Golf North Course on November 6, 2022 in Otsu, Shiga, Japan. (Photo by Yoshimasa Nakano/Getty Images)

Matilda Castrin entered Week 62 on the CME score list. The first Finnish player to win an LPGA title, Castren chased distances early in the season and struggled not only with the track, but with her mental outlook. After finishing in the top 10 in Japan and closing out the 64 in the Pelican again for a T-10 finish, it is now hitting its stride.

“I’m not going to lie,” Castrin said. “It was so stressful. I’m so happy about the day. He could have gone anyway, and went our way today.”

Dutchman Dewey Weber plays a putt on the 8th hole during the third round of the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship at Saticoi Club on October 08, 2022 in Somes, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Dewi Weber entered the course 102nd on the CME points list. After a solid save on the tough 18th, Weber walked out of the scoring tent pretty disappointed by closing 70 and thinking mostly about the double-bogey she took on the penultimate hole that would eventually get her back to the Q-Series.

“I think I needed a good run today and I kind of knew that,” Weber said, and it was a guessing game where everyone was. … Sorry, I’m a little mad at myself because we think I got it at 17 and didn’t know it; I thought I needed to go a lot lower than that and did something stupid and did a double bogey. I sure didn’t, and I’m not really looking forward to going to Alabama for two weeks again. It’s part of the game.”

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