Daytona Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The LPGA will have a season-long
points race to determine a lucrative prize at the conclusion of the 2014
The inaugural "Race to the CME Globe" will start with the opening of the LPGA
Tour schedule at the Bahamas LPGA Classic later this month and will conclude
at the final event of the year, the newly renamed CME Group Tour Championship.
Points will be awarded for each event from the season opener in the Bahamas
through the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in November, setting up the field for
the Tour Championship, which starts Nov. 20.
The winner of the season-long points race will earn an unofficial money payout
of $1 million -- the largest in women's golf.
"The addition of this concept fundamentally connects every event on our tour
and promises big things in 2014 and beyond," said LPGA Tour commissioner
Michael Whan. "The stakes have risen dramatically and the excitement level
goes up for our players and each of our tournaments."
All tournaments will have the same point values except for the five major
championships, which will carry 25 percent more value. The winner of all
official LPGA events leading up to the Tour Championship will earn 500 points
and the winner of each major championship will earn 625 points. Only LPGA Tour
members are eligible to earn points.
For all LPGA events with a cut, points will be awarded to LPGA members who
make the cut. For all events without a cut, points will be awarded to tour
members who finish among the top 40 and ties. For the Lorena Ochoa
Invitational, however, points will be awarded to members who finish in the top
20 and ties.
The field at the Tour Championship will consist of the following: the top 72
players on the Race to the CME Globe points standings at the conclusion of the
Lorena Ochoa Invitational, any LPGA member -- not otherwise qualified -- with
at least one official LPGA win during the season and any non-member with at
least one official LPGA win during the year.
Points will then be reset for the Tour Championship to ensure that the points
race will be won at the season-ending tournament. The points that a player
earns at the Tour Championship will be added to her reset number and the
player with the highest total will be named the winner of the Race to the CME
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