Park, Lewis set for Player of the Year battle in Naples


Inbee Park is packing loads of intrigue into the LPGA’s season finale this week at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples.

With her third-place finish Sunday at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, Park dramatically tightened the Rolex Player of the Year race. She moved within three points of Lewis in the POY standings.

There are 30 points up for grabs to the winner of the Tour Championship with 12 points for second place and nine points for third place with points awarded down to a single point for 10th place.

Park won the Rolex Player of the Year Award last year and Lewis won it in 2012. They're the only players who enter this week with a chance to win this year's award.

Lewis locked up the top spot in the Race to the CME Globe standings with the points reset going to the Tour Championship. Park is second in points. Only the top nine in points have a shot at the $1 million season-long jackpot. The top three are guaranteed they will win the jackpot if they win the Tour Championship. There’s another $500,000 available to the winner of the Tour Championship.

Here are the top nine and the reset points:

1 Stacy Lewis 5,000
2 Inbee Park 4,500
3 Lydia Ko 4,000
4 Michelle Wie 3,600
5 So Yeon Ryu 3,200
6 Shanshan Feng 2,800
7 Anna Nordqvist 2,400
8 Chella Choi 2,000
9 Karrie Webb 1,600

*There are 3,500 points available to the winner of the CME Group Tour Championship with 2,400 for second place, 2,200 for third, 1,800 for fourth and points awarded down to 210 for 40th place.