Top Storylines for the CME Group Titleholders

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Week of November 18, 2013
CME Group Titleholders
Tiburon Golf Club
Naples, Fla.

Top Storylines

Inbee Park Locks Up Rolex Player of the Year honors
Rolex Rankings No.1 Inbee Park made history again on Sunday when she became the first South Korean player on the LPGA Tour to win the coveted Rolex Player of the Year award. With her fourth-place finish at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, Park earned seven points to put her 39 points ahead of No. 2 Suzann Pettersen heading into this week’s season-ending CME Group Titleholders, mathematically securing her the title.

The honor caps off what has been a remarkable season for the 25-year old Park, who became only the second player in LPGA history to win the first three majors in a season and has held the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Rankings for the past 32 weeks.

Rolex Player of the Year Points Through Lorena Ochoa Invitational
Rank Player Points Earned
1 Inbee Park 297
2 Suzann Pettersen 258
3 Stacy Lewis 215
4 So Yeon Ryu 97
5 Beatriz Recari 96

                 

Undecided Races

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year
While Inbee Park already locked up her Rolex Player of the Year nod, two end-of-the-season awards won’t be decided until the final event of the year concludes this week in Naples. The Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race will be a fight to the finish among three players, Caroline Masson, Moriya Jutanugarn and Ayako Uehara. Masson currently leads the race with 474 points and holds a slim 11-point margin over Jutanugarn (463). Uehara sits in third and 90 points behind Masson with 384 and would need a win this week to have a chance at the title. Points distribution for finishes are as follows:

Place

Points

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.

150

11.

48

21.

29

31.

19

2.

80

12.

46

22.

28

32.

18

3.

75

13.

44

23.

27

33.

17

4.

70

14.

42

24.

26

34.

16

5.

65

15.

40

25.

25

35.

15

6.

62

16.

38

26.

24

36.

14

7.

59

17.

36

27.

23

37.

13

8.

56

18.

34

28.

22

38.

12

9.

53

19.

32

29.

21

39.

11

10.

50

20.

30

30.

20

40.

10

** Positions 41st through each player making the cut receive five points each.

Vare Trophy
Stacy Lewis extended her slim lead in the Vare Trophy race and improved her scoring average to 69.483 after a solid week in Mexico. Lewis finished runner-up to fellow American Lexi Thompson and recorded rounds of 72-66-67-68. She now leads Suzann Pettersen by a .104 margin and would become the first American to win the award since Beth Daniel won it in 1994.

Both Lewis and Pettersen are playing for their first Vare Trophy award, while Inbee Park, who sits in third, will try to become the first player to win in back-to-back years since Lorena Ochoa won four-consecutive years from 2006-2009.

Scoring Average Through Lorena Ochoa Invitational
Rank Player Average
1 Stacy Lewis 69.483
2 Suzann Pettersen 69.587
3 Inbee Park 69.900

                           

Hey pro! Lydia Ko makes her professional debut
The wait is over. Teen sensation Lydia Ko will make her debut as a professional this week at the CME Group Titleholders.

Ko, who is already a two-time LPGA Tour winner (2012 & 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open), has made 15 appearances in LPGA Tour events over the past two seasons and has yet to miss a cut. She recorded five top-10 finishes in 2013 including a runner-up finish at the Tour’s fifth major, The Evian Championship.

The 16-year old announced she was turning professional late last month and was granted LPGA membership a week later by Commissioner Mike Whan for the 2014 season.    

2013 LPGA TOUR PERFORMANCES
Event  Scores Finish
ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open (Feb. 14-17)  63-69-70-76=278 (-14) 3
Honda LPGA Thailand (Feb. 21-24) 69-71-74-69=283 (-5) T14
Kraft Nabisco Championship (Apr. 4-7)  72-74-71-69=286 (-2)  T25
LPGA LOTTE Championship (Apr. 17-20) 71-71-70-66=278 (-10)  T9
Wegmans LPGA Championship (Jun. 6-9) 77-70-73-69=289 (+1) T17
Walmart NW Arkansas Presented by P&G (Jun. 21-23) 69-66-68=203 (-10) T4
U.S. Women's Open (Jun. 27-30)   72-76-79-72=299 (+11)  T36
Marathon Classic (Jul. 18-21)  67-71-68=275 (-9) T7
RICOH Women's British Open (Aug. 1-4) 69-76-75-74=294 (+6) T42
The Evian Championship (Sept. 12-15)  68-67-70=205 (-8) 2

                                                                  

Seeing Dollar Signs
With the largest winner’s check on Tour this season up for grabs this week, things may get interesting in the battle for the LPGA’s Official Money List title. Players will be battling for a $700,000 first-place payout and Park, Pettersen and Lewis will be trying to play their ways into the record books.

Park currently leads the Tour with $2,393,513 and is playing for her second-consecutive Money List title. She would become the first player to finish atop the list back-to-back years since Lorena Ochoa in 2007 and 2008.

Pettersen has been the only other player on Tour to cross the $2 million mark in season earnings ($2,284,326) and trails Park by just $109,187. This year marks only the second time in LPGA Tour history that two players have hit the $2 million milestone in one season. Lorena Ochoa ($2,592,871) and Karrie Webb ($2,090,113) both earned $2 million in the 2006 season.

Lewis would need to cap off her impressive year with a victory this week to have an opportunity to become the first American to win the money title since Betsy King in 1993.

Official Money List Through Lorena Ochoa Invitational
Rank  Player Money Earned
1 Inbee Park $2,393,513
2 Suzann Pettersen  $2,284,326
3 Stacy Lewis $1,894,630

                        

Who’s in, who’s out?
The quest for countries to qualify for the inaugural International Crown comes to an end this week in Naples. The top-8 countries to participate in the first-of-its-kind, global match play competition will be named at the conclusion of the CME Group Titleholders. Below are the standings based the Rolex Rankings release earlier today, November 18th. Each of the countries will be represented by four players which will be determined after the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

1) South Korea 20 2) United States  38 3) Japan 113
Inbee Park  1 Stacy Lewis 3 Ai Miyazato 16
So Yeon Ryu 4 Paula Creamer 10 Mika Miyazato 21
Na Yeon Choi  6 Cristie Kerr 12  Miki Saiki 35
I.K. Kim 9 Lexi Thompson 13 Rikako Morita 41
           
4) Spain 258 5) Sweden 308  6) Thailand 321
Beatriz Recari  18 Caroline Hedwall  23 Ariya Jutanugarn 30
Azahara Munoz 31 Anna Nordqvist 25 Pornanong Phatlum 57
Carlota Ciganda  40 Pernilla Lindberg 116 Moriya Jutanugarn 93
Belen Mozo 169 Mikaela Parmlid 144 Onnarin Sattayabanphot 141
           
7) Chinese Tapei  340 8) Australia      
Yani Tseng 29 Karrie Webb 8    
Teresa Lu 58 Katherine Hull-Kirk 100    
Candie Kung 86 Stacey Keating  109    
Hsuan-Yu Yao 164 Lindsey Wright 122    

 

Quick facts
November 21-24
CME Group Titleholders
Tiburon Golf Club
Naples, Florida

Field: 70 (70 professionals)
Par:  36-36, 72
Yardage: 6,540
Purse: $2,000,000
Winner:  $700,000
Defending champion:
Na Yeon Choi

TV Times
Golf Channel
Nov 20  5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Pro-Am Show)
Nov 21  1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Nov 22 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Nov 23 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Nov 24 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
All times Eastern

***This week’s field information: CME Group Titleholders ***

2013 LPGA Tour Rookies (6)
Chie Arimura                
Austin Ernst                 
Moriya Jutanugarn        
Caroline Masson
Brooke Pancake
Ayako Uehara

Rolex Rankings
Top 10: 10/10
Top 20: 20/20

2013 LPGA Official Money List
Top 10: 10/10
Top 20: 20/20

Past Champions
2012     Na Yeon Choi
2011     Hee Young Park

Press Conference and Media Event Schedule

Tuesday, November 19

11:00 a.m.

Stacy Lewis Press Conference

Media Center

11:30 a.m.

Suzann Pettersen Press Conference

Media Center

1:00 p.m.

Na Yeon Choi Press Conference

Media Center

4:00 p.m.

Logi Analytics & Online Media Center
Press Conference

Media Center

Wednesday, November 20

8:30 a.m.

Lydia Ko Press Conference

Media Center

1:00 p.m.

Inbee Park Press Conference

Media Center

4:00 p.m.

Kia Performance Awards

Court of Palms

Thursday, November 21

4:15 p.m.

International Crown Press Conference
So Yeon Ryu (South Korea), Cristie Kerr (USA), Ai Miyazato (Japan), Beatriz Recari (Spain), Anna Nordqvist (Sweden)

Media Center

6:00 p.m.

Natalie Gulbis Social Stunt

Tommy Bahamas Restaurant & Bar, Naples

Friday, November 22

6:30 p.m.

Rolex Awards Celebration – Cocktails – open to media

Court of Palms

7:30 p.m.

Rolex Awards Dinner - by invitation only

Tiburon Ballroom

*Times are local in Naples

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