Sunday, November 19, 2017

Lexi Thompson Wins 1 Million Dollar Bonus!

If this was a Hollywood script, no one would believe it. Who would possibly believe that after 33 LPGA tournaments, the award for Player of the Year, the LPGA 2017 money title, The Race for the CME Globe (and the 1 million dollar bonus), and the player to finish the season in the #1 position in the Rolex Rankings, would all come down to the final stroke on the final hole of the final tournament. But yet that is exactly the way it played out at the CME Group Tour Championship.

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Lexi Thompson won the 1 Million Dollar Race to the CME Globe check

Lexi Thompson, although she did not win the tournament, wound up the big winner of the day as she won the following:

  • The Race to the CME Globe and its $1,000,000 bonus. She did this (accumulating the most points) in spite of playing in just 21 of 33 tournaments this year.
  • The Vare Trophy - She finished the year as the player with the lowest scoring average. In fact, it was one of the lowest scoring averages in LPGA history. In doing so, Lexi receives a Hall of Fame point. 
Although winning the above capped off a tremendously successful season, it could have, and should have, been better.

Lexi who had not had a bogey in her last 34 holes, missed a two foot par putt on the final hole that would have put her in a playoff with Ariya Jutanugarn (the eventual winner after birdying the final 2 holes). If Lexi would had won that playoff she would have:
  • Won the Player of the Year award, and another Hall of Fame point.
  • Would have been the new #1 player in the Rolex Rankings.
As it turned out those honors would go to:
  • So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park shared the Player of the Year award.
  • Shanshan Feng is projected to hang on to her #1 spot in the Rolex Rankings.
Who would have thought that on a weekend when the big budget movie Justice League, and a Julia Roberts flick would open up wide in the United States, the CME Group Tour Championship and the LPGA would have the best Hollywood ending of them all!

This Week's Trivia Question:  (for those who missed it earlier in the week)

This is the fourth year for the CME Group Tour Championship. In the previous three years only 1 player has finished in the top 10 each time. Can you name her?

For the answer to this week's trivia question press here.

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