Korda sets early pace for CME Globe, Int'l Crown


Jessica Korda is the early pace setter in the race for $1 million and the biggest payday in women’s golf.

Korda won 500 points in the new Race to the CME Globe with her win Sunday at the season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. The race concludes in the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship with the top nine players in points having a chance to win the $1 million check as the race winner. Stacy Lewis won 300 points for her runner-up finish in the Bahamas with Na Yeon Choi, Paula Creamer, Lizette Salas and Pornanong Phatlum each gaining 190 points.

“We have what, 31 events left?” Korda said. “We have a really long way to go.”

In the Race to the CME Globe, yes, but not in the battle to make the U.S. International Crown team. The top four players in the Rolex world rankings on the Monday before the Kraft Nabisco Championship will qualify for the team. There are five events left to qualify.

With her victory Sunday, Korda moved into the thick of the International Crown qualifying. She jumped 16 spots in the Rolex world rankings to No. 24. The International Crown will pit eight nations in an Olympic-style competition July 24-27 at Caves Valley Golf Club outside Baltimore, Md.

Here’s how the Americans rank in the battle to make the team:

3. Stacy Lewis

9. Lexi Thompson

12. Paula Creamer

13. Cristie Kerr

17. Lizette Salas

19. Angela Stanford

24. Jessica Korda

37. Gerina Piller

46. Brittany Lincicome

47. Morgan Pressel