Kerr, Jang lead CME despite no chance at $1 million


NAPLES, Fla. – Cristie Kerr and Ha Na Jang took command of the CME Group Tour Championship Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club.

They aren’t in the running for the Race to the CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot, but there’s a $500,000 first-place check in the offering for the tournament’s winner.

Kerr’s 6-under-par 66 gave her a share of the lead at 13 under overall with Jang (69). They’re two shots ahead of Gerina Piller (67) and Lydia Ko (69).

Kerr is seeking her 18th LPGA title with some new Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) clubs in her bag for just the second week. Jang, a star on the Korean LPGA before joining the LPGA as a rookie this year, is seeking her first LPGA title.

“I'm not a player that likes to switch that often,” Kerr said of her new golf clubs. “It takes me a while to find things that I like.”

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Kerr said she has 10 PXG clubs in her bag and is still tinkering with them but likes what she’s seeing.

Jang kept herself in contention Saturday despite feeling ill. She said she was battling a headache and feeling dizzy and dehydrated and twice fought nosebleeds in the round. She said she believed it was the unseasonably hot and humid Florida weather.

“Feels like 95 degrees,” Jang said. “Definitely the hot weather.”