Changes coming to the 2020 CME Group Tour Championship
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2020) – The LPGA announced today that the CME Group Tour Championship will have a few adjustments to its 2020 tournament format. As the final event for the 2020 LPGA Tour season, the field will comprise 70 players versus the traditional 60 in the Race to the CME Globe points standings, along with two sponsor exemptions. The 72-hole tournament will have no cut, with a purse of $3 million. The winner will receive $1.1 million, the highest first-place check on the LPGA Tour.
“The 2020 LPGA Tour season has certainly faced its challenges, and thanks to incredible partners like CME Group, we have been able to stage competitive opportunities for our players,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “Terry Duffy and his team are among the greatest ambassadors for women’s golf, and we are incredibly appreciative that they have remained with us through this season. The LPGA and CME Group intend to return the Tour Championship back to its original format in 2021.”
“We are extremely proud to continue our long-standing relationship with the LPGA Tour, which supports female athletes while also elevating the sport of women’s golf,” said Terry Duffy, CME Group Chairman and CEO. “Through the CME Group Tour Championship, we are also very proud to continue our support of St. Jude Children’s Hospital – where no family ever receives a bill because all they should worry about is helping their child live. We believe this year’s Tour Championship will provide an exciting finish to one the most uncertain years in history.”
The 2020 CME Group Tour Championship will be held at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., on Dec. 17-20. Sunday’s final round will be televised on NBC, with the first three rounds airing on Golf Channel.