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Lexi Thompson & Ariya Jutanugarn Big Winners at CME Group Tour Championship

Let me start out today by congratulating Lexi Thompson for winning the CME Group Tour Championship. This one was easy. Lexi started the final round with a three stroke lead over runner-up Nelly Korda and never looked back. Her final round two under par 70, was good enough for a four stroke win.

Thompson was certainly not the only big winner as Ariya Jutanugarn won the Race to the CME Globe, and the $1 million bonus that comes with it. Ariya's final round six under par 66, was the day's lowest round.

Ariya became the first player in LPGA history to capture all of the season's major awards:
She won the Rolex Player of the Year award and the Hall of Fame point that comes with it.She won the Vare Trophy and the Hall of Fame point that comes with it.She won the official LPGA money title.She won the Rolex Annika Major award.She won the $1 million Race to the CME Globe. It was a banner year for Jutanugarn who accumulated six Hall of Fame points on the season. One each for her 3 win…

CME Group Tour Championship Preview, Pairings, and Much More

I want to start off today by congratulating Gabby Lopez for winning the Blue Bay LPGA. Gabby played the final round in a threesome with the number 1 and number 2 players in the world (Ariya Jutanugarn and Sung Hyun Park), and came away victorious. It was a see-saw battle until Gabby birdied the 11th, 13th, 14th, and 16th holes, to take a four shot advantage. Ariya made it close by birdying the final two holes, but it was too little too late. For Gabby it was her first win on the LPGA tour. It was also the first win by a Mexican player since Lorena Ochoa.

This week the LPGA returns to the United States for the playing of the CME Group Tour Championship. Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Ariya Jutanugarn finished one stroke ahead of both Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda. Lexi Thompson hung on to win the 1 million dollar bonus.

This will be tournament #32 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details: Course:  Tiburon Golf Club Location:  Naples…

Blue Bay LPGA Preview, Pairings, and More

Let me start out today by congratulating Nasa Hataoka for winning the Toto Japan Classic. Nasa's final round of 5 under par 67 was good enough to finish 2 strokes better than runner-ups Momiko Ueda, Carlotta Ciganda, and Saki Nagamine. For Nasa it was her second LPGA win this year.

This week the LPGA heads back to China for the playing of the Blue Bay LPGA. Many of my readers may remember last year's exciting finish when Shanshan Feng came out on top by one stroke over Moriya Jutanugarn.

This will be tournament #31 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule, and fifth of five events on the current LPGA Asian swing.

Here are the key details:
Course:  Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course
Location:  Hainan Island, China
Defending Champion:  Shanshan Feng
Winning Score:  69-67-73-70 = 279 (-9)

Final Field:  81 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,675
Purse:  $2,100,000

This tournament will have a Wednesday start (with the time difference it will be Tuesday night in the USA) and finish up on Saturday.

A Dream Come True for 27 New LPGA Members

They played 144 holes over a grueling two week period, but it ended on Saturday with 48 players earning full time status on the LPGA Tour.

There were 102 players who teed it up. They played eight rounds. There was no cut. Many of these players were seeking LPGA tour membership for the very first time. Only the top 45 finishers (and ties) would be rewarded with full time playing privileges on the LPGA tour in 2019. Of those players, 22 of them will be rookies playing on the LPGA tour for the very first time.

When it was all over Jeongeun Lee6's score of 18 under par was good enough to take home the first place check.  Jennifer Kupcho finished just one shot back.

Lee finishing on top came as no surprise to anyone who has followed her career. She is an established star on the KLPGA where she has won seven times, including twice this year, and is currently number one on that tour's money list. She's the sixth player on the KLPGA with the name Jeongeun Lee, hence the number 6 in…