Largest winner’s check in women’s golf to be decided Nov. 18-24
NAPLES, FL (MARCH 25, 2013) – CME Group Titleholders, the grand finale of the 2013 LPGA Tour season, will played at the Tiburón Golf Club located at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort Nov. 18-24 tournament officials announced today. With a unique season-long qualifying format, CME Group Titleholders brings the world’s best women golfers to Southwest Florida. The top performers from each of the 28 events on this year’s schedule will earn a bid to Naples for the opportunity to take home the largest winner’s check in women’s golf, $700,000. Last year, U.S. Women’s Open Champion Na Yeon Choi defeated LPGA Rookie of the Year So Yeon Ryu by two strokes and took home $500,000.
“The increased $700,000 first-place check, the largest in women’s golf, will create a dramatic race to the finish for the tour’s top players,” said Terry Duffy, Executive Chairman and President of CME Group. “We are proud of the strong, productive relationship we have developed with the LPGA over the years and are pleased to continue aligning our best-in-class brand with theirs, particularly as the organization further expands its reach and prominence across the globe.”
CME Group Titleholders will continue as the year-end celebration of the LPGA’s season and the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort will again host the season ending Rolex Awards Ceremony as part of tournament week.
“CME Group Titleholders had a great inaugural year in Naples with perfect weather, strong crowds, and great competition ending with Na Yeon Choi winning the title,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. “We look forward to many years to come in Naples and are excited to be bringing the best golfers in the world to compete at Tiburon Golf Club.”
Tiburón Golf Club features two Greg Norman-designed layouts, The Black Course and The Gold Course, the latter serving as the host course of the CME Group Titleholders and the Franklin Templeton Shootout, combining PGA TOUR and Champions Tour pros. Both courses have the defining characteristics of sod-wall and coquina waste bunkers surrounding greens and lining the fairway-level grass that spans than the majority of each course. The Tiburón Golf Club is also certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International for its commitment to enhancing and protecting the natural resources of Southwest Florida.
CME Group’s Global Financial Leadership Conference – where the world’s leading decision makers and thought leaders discuss geopolitical trends, economic issues and developments in the financial marketplace – is annually hosted at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort in Naples. “When CME Group asked if there was a possibility to combine events, the Ritz-Carlton Naples and Tiburon Golf Club jumped at the opportunity,” said Bruce Seigel, Director of Sales and Marketing. “Working with such first class organizations like CME Group and the LPGA is what The Ritz-Carlton is all about. We look forward to making it a very special experience for CME Group, the LPGA Tour and their players, and of course the incredible golf community here in Naples.”