NAPLES, Fla. – Stacy Lewis is in prime position Sunday to become the first American to sweep the Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy for low scoring average and the official money title since Betsy King did it in 1993.
She’s also in position to win the $1 million jackpot as the winner of the Race to the CME Globe’s season-long competition.
Basically, Lewis is assured of the POY, Vare Trophy and money title sweep by staying in front of Inbee Park on the CME Group Tour Championship leaderboard, and she can still sweep even without doing that.
With a 2-under-par 70 Saturday, Lewis moved comfortably out front of Park on the leaderboard. Lewis moved to a tie for 10th at 3 under overall at Tiburon Golf Club.
Park struggled to a 73 and is tied for 38th at 2 over.
Lewis said she’s focusing on winning the tournament.
“You can post a good number on this golf course, if you make a few putts,” Lewis said. “That's what I'm going to focus on tomorrow, trying to move up the leaderboard and trying to win the golf tournament. That's what I did today, and it really seemed to help me stay focused on the shot at hand.”
Lewis entered the week first in Race to the CME Globe points. Here are scenarios where she can win that competition:
• If Lewis wins, she also wins the CME Globe.
• If Lewis finishes second or third, she wins the Globe as long as Lydia Ko or Inbee Park don’t win.
• If Lewis finishes fourth, she wins the Globe as long Ko or Michelle Wie do not win and Park doesn’t finish second or better.
• If Lewis finishes fifth, she wins the Globe as long as Park doesn’t finish third or better and Ko, Wie or So Yeon Ryu do not win.
The scenarios grow more complicated the farther back Lewis finishes.