Chip-in helps Lewis regain lead in race for $1 million jackpot


NAPLES, Fla. – Stacy Lewis chipped in at the 17th hole Friday for her first and only birdie of the day, a timely hole out that moved her back atop the Race to the CME Globe’s projected standings in the season-long battle for the $1 million jackpot.

With her 2-over-par 74, Lewis sits tied for 15th at the CME Group Tour Championship, six shots off the lead.

Michelle Wie and Lewis jockeyed atop the projected Globe standings Friday until Lewis regained command with her chip at the 17th. The Race to the CME Globe is based on a season-long points race with those points re-set before the start of this week’s Tour Championship.

At day’s end, here’s how the Race to the CME Globe’s projected standings stood with 36-hole scores in relation to par in parenthesis:

1 Lewis (-1).

2 Wie (-5).

3 Lydia Ko (-2).

4 Inbee Park (+1).

5 So Yeon Ryu (-4).

Lewis entered the week No. 1 in CME Globe points. She’s trying to focus on her place in the Tour Championship, knowing if she wins, she’s also guaranteed to win the CME Globe.

“Six back is not a horrible position,” Lewis said. “I don't think anybody is running away with this thing. I think it's going to end up being pretty bunched up at the end and probably a playoff on Sunday.

“I'm right where I need to be, trying not to think about Player of the Year and all that stuff. It's up there, but trying not to think about it.”

If Wie wins the Tour Championship, she’ll also win the Globe’s $1 million jackpot, as long as Lewis finishes fourth or worse.

Wie can win the Globe with a second-place finish if Lewis finishes eighth or worse, Park finishes sixth or worse and Ko finishes fourth or worse.

Only the top nine in points can win the CME Globe’s $1 million prize. There remain multiple scenarios as to who can win the jackpot.