Jockeying for the biggest payday in women’s golf resumes in earnest this week with the start of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
Just six events remain for players to qualify for a shot at winning the season-long Race to the CME Globe and the $1 million jackpot that goes with it.
Some big names are on the bubble in the battle for a chance at the big payday.
Cristie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen, Paula Creamer, Shanshan Feng, Na Yeon Choi and Jessica Korda are all outside the cutoff for the giant jackpot that will be up for grabs at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., Nov. 20-23. But they’re all in the field in Malaysia, with chances to crack the all-important top nine of the Race to the CME Globe points list.
Though 72 or so players will advance to the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, just nine players will tee it up there with a shot at the biggest payday in the history of women’s golf. It’s conceivable a player could walk away with the $500,000 first-place check as winner of the Tour Championship and the $1 million Race to the Globe jackpot.
At the conclusion of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational a week before the Tour Championship, the top nine in the Race to the CME Globe points standings will go to Naples with a chance to win the Globe. Only the top nine will have a chance to win it, based on the reset of the points standings. Only the top three are guaranteed to win the Globe if they win the Tour Championship.
That heightens the importance of the five remaining Asian events and the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
“When I go to Asia, I’ve been very successful here in the past,” Pettersen said. “I look forward to this final part of the season.”
Pettersen has won five LPGA titles in Asia and one Ladies European Tour title there. She sits 11th in the Race to the Globe points standings this week, but big moves are possible with 500 points going to the winner in Malaysia, 300 to second place and 150 to third. The top 40 finishers earn points.
Here are the top 20 in the Race to the CME Globe points standings:
1. Stacy Lewis, 4,433.
2. Inbee Park, 3,277.
3. Lydia Ko, 2,906.
4. Michelle Wie, 2,588.
5. Anna Nordqvist, 2,325.
6. So Yeon Ryu, 2,181.
7. Karrie Webb, 2,106.
8. Lexi Thompson, 1,949.
9. Azahara Munoz, 1,922.
10. Cristie Kerr, 1,834.
11. Suzann Pettersen, 1,823.
12. Mirim Lee, 1,806.
13. Chella Choi, 1,766.
14. Shanshan Feng, 1,622.
15. Na Yeon Choi, 1,581.
16. Paula Creamer, 1,538.
17. Jessica Korda, 1,495.
18. Angela Stanford, 1,411.
19. Lizette Salas, 1,408.
20 Jenny Shin, 1,298.