LPGA season finale a showdown between Lydia Ko and Inbee Park
By Doug Ferguson
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) – There are 71 players in the CME Group Tour Championship, though it's effectively a showdown between Inbee Park and Lydia Ko.
At stake? Just about everything.
Ko leads the money list by $188,321 at $2.75 million (first prize is $500,000) and has a narrow lead in the world ranking and player of the year. Park, coming off a win in Mexico, has a slim margin in the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average.
This really could be winner-take-all in Naples, Florida.
Even if neither wins, Park capturing either player of the year or the Vare Trophy would give her the 27 points needed for the LPGA Hall of Fame. Park then would be eligible next year by completing her 10th season on the LPGA Tour.
Meanwhile, Stacy Lewis can claim the $1 million bonus from the Race to the CME Globe if she wins. Park has two majors among her five wins, while Ko has one major among her five. Lewis has yet to win this year.
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