The race to CME Globe — Jin Young Ko is back — Must-click women’s golf links
The IX: Golf Thursday with Addie Parker, Oct. 20, 2022
We meet again for another Golf Thursday, my friends! With the final event of the LPGA season being just under a month away, I want to discuss how important the weeks leading up to the CME Group Tour Championship really are.
The Race to the CME Globe is a season-long points competition, where players accumulate points by participating in events, the top 60 players with the most about of points will have the opportunity to play in the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida starting November 17.
Points are earned by entering to compete in official LPGA events. Tournaments that have cuts, will award points to the players who made the cut. Tournaments without cuts, will award points to those who complete all rounds of tournament play.
Only LPGA members can earn CME points, therefore, amateurs, Epson players, and LET players can not qualify to play in the CME Championship.
The winner of any LPGA event can earn 500 CME points. For major tournaments, the point value goes up by 30% to 650 points. For the PGA Tour and FedEx Cup points, major tournaments are doubled compared to regular events.
The full points breakdown based on tournament finish is listed below:
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The race at the top of the list is packed, with Lydia Ko leading the tour with 2,542.693 total points. Ko has played in 19 events this season, with 12 top-10 finishes.
Right behind Ko by only 33 points is two-time major winner this season, Minjee Lee.
In the third and fourth spots are Atthaya Thitikul and Brooke Henderson, who are, respectively, only 40 and 46 points behind Lydia Ko.
Last year’s champ, Jin Young Ko, found her second gear late in the season, winning three of her four final starts, taking home the $1.5 million check and the globe (it’s literally a glass globe…pretty cool stuff). She currently sits at the 14th spot on the total points list, despite not playing since August, and maintaining her world No.1 Rolex ranking.
This week in Korea at the BMW Championship (where she’s defending that title) will be crucial for Jin Young Ko. At the least, a top-5 finish this week would give her momentum going into CME, where she’s won the last two years. (Author’s note: Ko shot 80 in round 1, she has a mountain to climb…)
But that’s the thing about golf, the past doesn’t dictate the now, and it really is anyone’s to win. I’m anticipating drama and a ton of great golf to be played over these next few weeks.
This week in women’s golf
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It’s become a two-horse race for the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award
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Epson Tour News
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Five at The IX: Jin Young Ko at the BMW Championship
She’s baaaaaack. World No.1 Jin Young Ko has made her first start back to competitive golf since August.
She spoke to the media ahead of the first round at the BMW Championship:
“So last year, course conditions was good, and due to various factors I was able to have an unexpected victory. However, as you know, we are on a different course and the weather conditions are slightly different. It’s more chilly.” – J.Y. Ko, when asked about how her memories from last year and how she feels about being home.
“After Canada, I came back to Korea and took a six to seven week time and got treatment for my wrist and rehabilitated my wrist. I was not able to practice as much as I thought I would but when I did have the time to practice, I really focused on those sessions.” – On the treatment of her wrist injury.
“I’m really into yoga these days and I went to the yoga center learned yoga and that helped me train on my mental side. For the last two months, basically I’ve been kind of doing that, and I’m very happy to be in the competition.” – When asked about what she’s been doing since August.
“I would be lying if I said that there was absolutely no pressure when it comes to maintaining that ranking, but I have to say I am more interested right now in practicing because I want to be more satisfied with my golf instead of the title, the No. 1 player itself.” – On if she feels any pressure or burden to maintain her ranking.
“Actually I’m a little bit uncomfortable that the wrist continues to come up…it’s not at its worst and I don’t think it’s impacting my game that much and if I don’t do well, I don’t think I can blame it on my wrist. I’m just going to do my best out there.” – After another question about her wrist and how it’s feeling, Ko shuts the press down with her closing statement.
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