Wie in contention for $1.5M; LPGA awards breakdown

By Randall MellNovember 18, 2014, 11:15 pm

NAPLES, Fla. – What does Michelle Wie think of the $1.5 million payday possible at the CME Group Tour Championship this week?

“My first, initial thought is, 'That’s a lot of shoes,'” Wie cracked Tuesday at Tiburon Golf Club.

The LPGA wanted a big-bang finish to its year, and that is what it’s getting this week with 72 players teeing it up in the season finale. There’s the $1 million jackpot for the winner of the Race to the CME Globe, a season-long points race, and there’s $500,000 up for grabs for the winner of the Tour Championship. That’s the biggest potential payday in the history of women’s golf.

But that isn’t all that is hanging in the balance.

The Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex world No. 1 ranking, the official money title and the Vare Trophy are all in play this week for Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park (see below).

While Wie isn’t in on the Player of the Year competition, she could punctuate the end of a brilliant season with an exclamation point. She won the Lotte Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open earlier this season, and she also won the inaugural Rolex Annika Major Award as the best player in women’s major championships this season. The CME Globe and its $1 million jackpot would be another reward for her consistency this season. Consistency was the only real goal Wie focused on at the year’s start.

“It’s funny, [my manager] said this feels like the final day of school,” Wie said. “No, it feels like final exams. Everything matters this week.

“Obviously, the stakes are very high. I’m nervous and what not, but good golf will take care of everything. You’ve just got to go out and hit the shots.”

Wie hasn’t fully recovered from the injury to her right index finger suffered in late July. She tweeted Tuesday afternoon that she spent more than three hours getting treatment with the LPGA physiotherapy team. Wie was diagnosed with a “stress reaction” to the finger after hitting out of a deep divot at the Marathon Classic. She missed about two months recovering in the second half of the season.

“It’s just day-to-day for me right now, because it kind of flares up from time to time,” Wie said. “Unfortunately, it has been taking a very long time to heal.”

Wie has been playing well through discomfort since coming back for the fall Asian swing. She tied for fifth at the LPGA KEB HanaBank and tied for third at the Blue Bay LPGA Classic.

Here’s what is at stake this week:

Race to the CME Globe
The winner of the season-long points race takes home $1 million, with second place earning $150,000 and third place $100,000. Only the top nine in points can win the big jackpot, and only the top three are guaranteed they’ll win it if they win the CME Group Tour Championship. The points were re-set for this week’s final event:

1. Stacy Lewis 5,000 
2. Inbee Park 4,500
3. Lydia Ko 4,000
4. Michelle Wie 3,600
5. So Yeon Ryu 3,200
6. Shanshan Feng 2,800
7. Anna Nordqvist 2,400
8. Chella Choi 2,000
9. Karrie Webb 1,600

There are 3,500 points available to the winner of the CME Group Tour Championship with 2,400 for second place, 2,200 for third, 1,800 for fourth and points awarded down to 210 for 40th place.

Rolex Player of the Year
Lewis and Park are the only players who can still win the points-based award. Lewis won it in 2013, Park in 2012. The POY standings:

1. Lewis 229
2. Park 217

There are 30 points up for grabs to the winner of the Tour Championship, with 12 points for second place and nine points for third place, with points awarded down to just one for 10th place.

Rolex No. 1 world ranking
No. 2 Lewis can take back the No. 1 ranking from Park if she wins the Tour Championship and Park finishes tied for third or worse.

The official money title
Lewis and Park are the only players who can win the money title.

1. Lewis $2,502,309
2. Park $2,209,460

First place pays out $500,000 this week.

The Vare Trophy
For practical purposes, the trophy for low scoring average this season is also down to Lewis and Park. Lewis has a 69.48 scoring average, Park a 69.57 average. Park would have to beat Lewis by roughly 10 shots this week to take the trophy. Lewis won the Vare Trophy in 2013, Park in 2012.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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