Naples, Florida | Finally, the final event of the amazing 2022 season has arrived: the CME Group Tour Championship. Sixty of the LPGA Tour’s top golfers will converge on Tiburon Golf Club this week to vie for the $2 million winning check and make one final payment for the season finale still in hand.
The CME Group Tour’s $7 million purse is the largest purse of any non-major tournament, beating out this year’s Cognizant Founders Cup with a whopping $4 million. The $2 million check is the largest prize in women’s golf history. This week’s winner, whether 1st or 61st in the Race to the CME Globe points list, has a chance to claim the historic salary and become the Race to CME Globe Champion.
note in the field
Since No. 33 Jessica Korda, No. 51 Inby Park and No. 52 Lyn Grant are not in this week’s event, the field of 60 now includes Nos. 61, 62 and 63 in the race to the CME Globe. These three players are the main protagonists Stacy Lewis and Arya Jutanugarn, along with Purnanong Fatlum.
Only three awards have been decided so far. Minjee Lee took home the Rolex ANNIKA Grand Prix and the Aon Risk Reward Challenge, while Atthaya Thitikul was named the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year during last week’s Pelican Women’s Championship.
Some of this year’s coveted awards are yet to be decided—the money title, Rolex LPGA Player of the Year, and the Vare Trophy—and they won’t until the final blow drops on Sunday. Although Lee holds $1.1 million on In Gee Chun, there’s a lot of cash at stake this week, leaving title money hanging in the balance. The top eight players in the official money have a chance at the title if they get the CME Group Tour Championship winner’s check.
Lydia Ko is leading the race for Women’s Player of the Year, but Lee is sensational on her heels – just one point clear of the Kiwis. Brooke Henderson and Athaya Teticul are tied for third, just 20 points off the lead and still in the race. Ko also leads the tour in points scoring average at 69,049 and is well positioned to earn a second consecutive Vare Trophy.
Although highly anticipated, the CME Group Tour Championship is just the culmination of a record year. The 2022 season saw increased purses across several events, including a record $10 million US Women’s Open presented by ProMedica and two completely new events on the schedule – the Palos Verdes Championship presented by Bank of America and the Kroger Queen City Championship presented by P&G.
This season saw 26 different players find the winner’s circle, tying the LPGA record for most outstanding winners in a season set in 1991 and 2018. Ko, Lee, Henderson, Thitikul and Jennifer Kupcho are the only players so far to achieve multiple points. wins in 2022, which is a reflection of the rapidly increasing parity on the Tour. Eleven of these 26 champions have won Rolex for the first time, tying the record set on the LPGA in 1995.
How do you watch
The CME Group Tour Championship will be televised for all four rounds. Fans can watch Rounds One and Two live on The Golf Channel Thursday and Friday from 3-5 PM ET. Round 3 will be televised from 4-7 p.m. ET on Saturday. The final round will be live on NBC from 1-4 p.m. ET.
Rounds 1-3 can be streamed live from 2-5pm ET and Sunday’s competition will be streamed live from 1-4pm ET on golfchannel.com, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and Peacock.