Lewis still in mix for CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot

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NAPLES, Fla. – Stacy Lewis’ chances to win the CME Group Tour Championship grew long Saturday, but she got herself more thickly in the mix for the CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot.

In a year of so many frustrating second-place finishes, Lewis could claim the LPGA’s biggest check of the year with yet another second-place finish.

How strangely satisfying would that be?

“It would be a really nice bonus,” Lewis said.

With six second-place finishes and three thirds without a win this year, Lewis would relish a victory, but even with a 5-under-par 67 Saturday, she will start Sunday six shots off the lead.

Lewis is in much better position to win the CME Globe’s $1 million prize, a season-long points based race which is pretty much down to Lydia Ko, Inbee Park and Lewis.

Lewis (-7) is tied for 12th at the Tour Championship, Ko (-11) is tied for third and Park (-9) is tied for eighth.

“I don't know the scenarios,” Lewis said. “I knew if I could keep close to Inbee and Lydia and maybe beat them by a couple of shots, I could sneak up there and win a little bit of cash at the end of the year. That was honestly my goal more than anything coming in today, to get a little bit closer to Inbee and Lydia, to give myself a chance to have a little bonus money to walk away with.”

Here are the scenarios for Lewis to win the CME Globe’s $1 million:

If Lewis wins the Tour Championship, she win the CME Globe. It doesn’t matter what Ko and Park do.

If Lewis finishes second in the Tour Championship, she wins the CME Globe if Ko finishes sixth or worse and Park finishes fourth or worse.

If Lewis finishes third in the Tour Championship, she wins the CME Globe if Ko finishes seventh or worse and Park finishes fifth or worse. If Lewis finishes third and Ko finishes sixth, they’ll meet in a playoff for the CME Globe.

If Lewis finishes fourth in the Tour Championship, she wins the CME Globe if Ko finishes 8th or worse and Park finishes sixth or worse.

If Lewis finishes fifth in the Tour Championship, she wins the CME Globe if Ko finishes 12th or worse and Park finishes 8th or worse. If Lewis finishes fifth, Ko finishes 11th and Park finishes seventh, all three will meet in a playoff for the CME Globe.

If Lewis finishes sixth in the Tour Championship, she wins the CME Globe if Ko finishes 43rd or worse and Park finishes 9th or worse.