Awards races were excruciatingly close


NAPLES, Fla. – Lydia Ko and Inbee Park made their competition for the LPGA’s most important season-long prizes riveting to the very end of the CME Group Tour Championship.

How close was it?

Here’s a wrap:

Rolex Player of the Year

Ko won by two points (280-278) in the season-long competition.

With her tie for seventh place Sunday, Ko earned four points. To tie Ko in points and share the award, Park would have needed to finish fourth. To overtake Ko, Park would have needed to finish third or better.

Vare Trophy

Park finished the year first on tour in scoring average at 69.41. Ko finished second at 69.44.

Park closed with a 69 Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club, Ko with a 72. Ko would have needed to shoot 67 to overtake Park for the Vare Trophy.

Money-winning title

Ko finished first with $2,800,802 in earnings. Park finished second with $2,630,011.

With Ko tying for seventh Sunday, earning $42,385, Park would have needed to win to overtake Ko for the money title.

Race to the CME Globe

Ko won the CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot with her tie for seventh place in the Tour Championship. Park finished sixth. If Park had made one more putt and finished tied for fifth, she would have tied Ko with the most Race to the CME points and they would have gone into a sudden-death playoff for the big-money prize. If Park had finished fourth, she would have won the Globe and jackpot.