It came down to the 72nd hole to determine the winner of this year’s CME Group Tour Championship. Ariya Jutanugarn, who was one of four players who held the overnight lead, made birdie on four of her last six holes to win by one-stroke and avoid a three-way playoff with Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda.
The Gold Course opens with a long par 5. Players are advised to check the distance to the lake off the tee, as it is reachable. Hugging the right side of the fairway will present a chance to go for the green in two. Those lying up should take the water out of play and aim just left of the fairway bunkers. This will leave a wedge into a small green.
This dogleg left par 4 bends around a tall stand of pine trees, requiring pinpoint accuracy off the tee. An errant tee shot here could find a bunker, a pine tree or even the water.
Another Tiburón special with all of the ingredients: a rolling fairway, coquina waste areas, water and an elevated green with collection areas on all sides.
Adjacent to a beautiful lake on the left, this par 4 hugs the water the entire length of the hole providing a spectacular view. Water, stacked sod wall bunkers, and native Muhly grass surround the green which gives it an island appearance.
As players make the turn around this tranquil lake, a beautiful par 3 protected by water and greenside bunkers awaits. Accuracy off the tee is a premium on this hole.
An alluring par 5 that stretches as far as one can see tests the player's nerves. Lined by tall pines, cypress trees and fairway bunkers, this hole demands both length and accuracy.
This testy little par 4 challenges every player's accuracy, as the tee shot must pass through a chute of pines once again. Avoiding the coquina waste area and native foliage on the right is the key to scoring on this hole.
This scenic par 3 allows no room for error when negotiating the water on the left and the greenside bunker in front. A tee shot to the middle of the green is the safest play.
Another picturesque hole that demands accuracy off the tee. Split the middle of the fairway, avoid the water on the second shot and enjoy the spectacular view of the Tiburón clubhouse and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.
This short hole doglegs slightly to the right and is lined by tall pines, two fairway bunkers on the left and coquina waste area on the right. Accuracy off the tee is a premium on this hole.
Another challenging par 4 hole with all of the Tiburón ingredients. Again, the tee shot is the key here as fairway bunkers protect both sides of the fairway. A good drive leaves a mid-iron shot into a fairly large green surrounded by bunkers and water.
This par 3 hole features intimidating stacked sod wall bunker on the right and left. The water in front and to the right of the green gives this hole all the challenge players’ desire.
Water, a large coquina waste area, fairway bunkers and soft rolling hills in the fairway… Nothing missing here! A drive from a slightly elevated tee and an iron shot to a green with a deep greenside bunker protecting its left side makes this hole very interesting.
This challenging par 5 begins a stretch of holes that tests the skills of all players. With water running the length of the hole on the right, this sharp dogleg allows golfers the opportunity to cut off some distance at the corner, but demands accurate approach shots to avoid trouble.
A wider fairway allows the golfer a little more room for error off the tee, but little margin when players get to the green. Avoiding the deep greenside bunker left and properly negotiating the mounds and undulation on the green is the key to a good score here.
This magnificent par 3 is nestled back in the woods with water at the front right of the green, which is surrounded by adjacent stacked sod wall bunkers. An accurate tee shot is required here as this green is well protected.
An attractive par 5 that blends native trees and foliage on the left with a water hazard and bunkers on the right. This hole allows for plenty of creative shot-making and is certain to play differently for each player. Keep left on the second shot to avoid the fairway bunker and the deep-stacked sod wall bunker to the right of the green.
A beautiful hole with water on the left and a deep-faced fairway bunker on the right. A drive down the center of the fairway leaves a second shot slightly over water to a green surrounded by greenside bunkers. With the clubhouse, fitness center, spa, and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples as the backdrop, this finishing hole provides a memorable view.