How new CME Globe format would look in past years

By Randall MellJanuary 8, 2014, 4:48 pm

So how would the new Race to the CME Globe have played out it if were in effect the last three seasons?

Here’s a look:

2013 – Another crown for Inbee

Inbee Park was the Rolex Player of the Year, and she would have won the CME Globe, too, but not without some final-round angst. By winning the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, Shanshan Feng almost stole the Globe and the $1 million prize that goes with it. Park needed a strong closing round of 68 and T-5 finish to secure the Globe. Feng nearly leaped from seventh to first in points by winning the season finale. If Park hadn’t finished T-6 or better in the season finale, she would have lost the Globe.

Here’s what the points leaderboard would have looked like after it was reset going into the 2013 season finale:

1 Inbee Park, 5,000.

2 Suzann Pettersen, 4,500.

3 Stacy Lewis, 4,000.

4 So Yeon Ryu, 3,600.

Here’s what the final points standings would have looked like after the CME Group Tour Championship:

1 Inbee Park, 6,500.

2 Shanshan Feng, 5,900.

3 Stacy Lewis, 5,200.

4 Suzann Pettersen, 4,820.

Notably, Pettersen fell out of the money in the season finale, dropping to fourth. Only the top three point winners win money with $150,000 for second and $100,000 for third. Pettersen would have dropped out of the money with her T-29 finish in the season finale.

2012 – Choi overtakes the favorites

Lewis was the Rolex Player of the Year in ’12, Park the LPGA’s leading money winner, but neither would have gone home with the CME Globe. Na Yeon Choi would have taken it with her strong finish. Choi would have leaped from fourth to first in points after winning the CME Group Tour Championship.

Here’s what the points leaderboard would have looked like after it was reset going into the 2012 season finale:

1 Stacy Lewis, 5,000.

2 Inbee Park, 4,500.

3 Yani Tseng, 4,000.

4 Na Yeon Choi, 3,600

Here’s what the final points standings would have looked like after the CME Group Tour Championship:

1 Na Yeon Choi, 7,100.

2 Stacy Lewis, 5,320.

3 So Yeon Ryu, 5,200.

4 Inbee Park, 5,000.

2011: It’s all Yani, all the time

Yani Tseng dominated 2011, winning seven LPGA titles, two of them majors. She was Rolex Player of the Year and the LPGA’s leading money winner, and she would have won the CME Globe, too.

Here’s what the points leaderboard would have looked like after it was reset going into the 2011 season finale:

1 Yani Tseng, 5,000.

2 Cristie Kerr, 4,500.

3 Na Yeon Choi, 4,000.

4 Stacy Lewis, 3,600.

Here’s what the final points standings would have looked like after the CME Group Tour Championship:

1 Yani Tseng, 6,200.

2 Na Yeon Choi, 5,800.

3 Cristie Kerr, 5,700.

4 Paula Creamer, 4,800.

*The winner of the CME Group Tour Championship gets 3,500 points, second place gets 2,400 and third place gets 2,200 with points continuing to lessen the lower a player finishes.

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Watch: Highlights from Tiger's second round at East Lake

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 21, 2018, 10:05 pm

Tiger Woods will head into the weekend at the Tour Championship with a share of the lead with world No. 1 Justin Rose after a 2-under 68 Friday at East Lake.

Woods started the day off right with a laser at the par-3 second that set up his first birdie of the day.

Woods couldn't keep the momentum going on the front nine, and after a bogey at No. 9 he shot even par. But he started a charge on the back nine with this birdie at No. 12.

After a par at 13, Woods made back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15.

Woods' two-shot lead evaporated quickly after a double bogey at No. 16.

After a par at 17, Woods smoked his drive on the par-5 18th ...

... and it set up a birdie on 18 that gave Woods a 2-under 68 and a share of the lead heading into the weekend.

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Woods, Rose lead Tour Championship by 2

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 21, 2018, 9:54 pm

Tiger Woods shot a 2-under 68 to finish in a tie with Justin Rose at 7 under par and two shots ahead of Rory McIlroy through 36 holes of the Tour Championship. Here's what happened on Friday at Bobby Jones' old stomping grounds, East Lake in Atlanta, where with $1.62 million earmarked for the winner of the Tour Championship, and $10 million going to the season-ending leader in the FedExCup standings, EVERY day is Moving Day.

Leaderboard: Justin Rose (-7), Tiger Woods (-7), Rory McIlroy (-5), four tied at -4

What it means: While it's way too early to consider this a match-play situation, the top two represent a former world No. 1 vs. the current world No. 1 and a U.S. Ryder Cup star vs. a European Ryder Cup star. Were Jones alive today and watching the proceedings, we can easily envisioning him saying "They play a game with which I am not familiar." Woods, after a quiet front nine of one birdie (second hole) and one bogey (ninth). got hot on the back, rolling in birdie putts of 4 1/2 feet at the 12th, 18 feet at the 14th, 24 feet at the 15th and a two-putt birdie at the 18th. His momentum crashed at the 16th, however, where he needed four shots to reach the 454-yard par-4 and made double bogey. Rose sandwiched a bogey at No. 4 between birdies at the second and sixth, then on the back - which used to be the front - he birdied 13, 14 and 18 against a lone bogey at the 16th.

Round of the day: Billy Horschel and Patrick Cantlay both shot 5-under 65s and are tied at 4 under.

Biggest disappointment: Brooks Koepka was a perfect example of how golf is a "what have you done for me lately?" game. Back-to-back U.S. Open championships and a PGA Championship did nothing to prevent Koepka from shooting a worst-of-the-day 78. Honorable mention goes to Rickie Fowler, who began the day sharing the lead with Woods, made the turn at 7 under - and went 4 over on the back nine.

Storylines going into the weekend: Every year, the No. 1 storyline at this event is who is going to win the FedExCup and its $10 million bonus. But this is no ordinary year. This year all eyes are on Woods and his attempt to come back from multiple back surgeries and chalk up his first official win since 2013.

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 21, 2018, 8:02 pm

Tiger Woods is looking to close his season with a win at the Tour Championship. We're tracking him this week at East Lake Golf Club.

Getty Images pro shoots under par despite a 10

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 21, 2018, 7:34 pm

We've all been there. We make a big number early in a round, and mentally we pack it in for the day, believing our shot to break 100/90/80 is gone before we've even worked up a sweat.

The next time this happens to you, remember the case of Max Rottluff, who made a 10 - a 10! - on a par 4 early in the first round of the Tour Finals and found himself 6 over par after only two holes. And he had to hole out from the fringe to keep it to a 10!

Full-field scores from the Tour Championship

Rottluff, a native of Germany who played collegiately at Arizona State, bore down after that, never dropping another stroke. Not only that, but he made seven birdies - two on the front nine and five on the back - to shoot a 1-under-par 70.

Rottluff started the Tour Finals in 82nd place, so he has a long way to go to reach the top 25 and earn a PGA Tour card. (He did follow his 70 with a 66 in the second round, so he's headed in the right direction.) He finished 64th on the Tour's regular-season money list, which guarantees him a full exemption on that tour next year.