CME Group Tour Championship R1

Sei Young Kim takes lead in Florida with opening 65

November 21-24
Tiburón Golf Club, Naples, Florida
$5,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Sei Young Kim’s 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 17th put her two shots clear at the CME Group Tour Championship, the final LPGA Tour event of the year, on Thursday.

“This tournament really special,” Kim said. “But I try to just make myself comfortable. I don’t put any extra pressure on myself.”

Florida native Nelly Korda is one of three players tied for second at -5. The 21-year-old used five birdies and an eagle on the 17th to shoot 67 at Tiburon Golf Club this afternoon.

“I started off 1-over through [four] holes then made three birdies in a row,” said Korda. “Kind of hit the brakes on the back nine, but then finished nicely. Not complaining about that birdie-eagle-birdie finish. It is a tough golf course and Bermuda grass, I’ve grown up on that. I feel like I’m at home. I love playing in Florida and coming to this event. My entire family is here, so it feels great.”

Major champions So Yeon Ryu and Georgia Hall, also fired 67s.

“To be honest, this year is one of the worst seasons I’ve ever had,” said Ryu, who has yet to win this year. “So if I can win this tournament, it’s going to be awesome to finish the season, and then I’m not going to complain.”

All 60 players who qualified this year get the $1.5 million, the richest prize in the history of women’s golf, if they win the tournament. In previous years, it was based on points earned throughout the season, and only the top 12 were given a shot at the $1 million bonus.

After the first round, Jin Young Ko holds a significant lead for the lowest scoring average of the 2019 LPGA Tour season ahead of Hyo Joo Kim by 0.334. Kim recorded a 1-over 73 while Ko finished the day at 1-under 71. Ko remains in good position to earn the Vare Trophy. Kim would need to improve her performance for the remaining rounds of the CME Group Tour Championship to have any chance at the award, as she needs to be 22 to 23 strokes better than Ko.


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Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Sei Young Kim
-7
65
T2
Nelly Korda
-5
67
T2
So Yeon Ryu
-5
67
T2
Georgia Hall
-5
67
T5
Brooke M. Henderson
-4
68
T5
Lizette Salas
-4
68
T5
Caroline Masson
-4
68
T5
Marina Alex
-4
68
T5
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-4
68
T10
Danielle Kang
-3
69
T10
Brittany Altomare
-3
69
T10
Bronte Law
-3
69
T10
Su Oh
-3
69
T10
Chella Choi
-3
69
T10
Jenny Shin
-3
69
T10
Wei-Ling Hsu
-3
69
T17
Lexi Thompson
-2
70
T17
Mi Jung Hur
-2
70
T17
Nasa Hataoka
-2
70
T17
Jessica Korda
-2
70
T17
Megan Khang
-2
70
T22
Jin Young Ko
-1
71
T22
Minjee Lee
-1
71
T22
Sung Hyun Park
-1
71
T22
Amy Yang
-1
71
T22
Shanshan Feng
-1
71
T22
Yu Liu
-1
71
T22
Azahara Munoz
-1
71
T22
Alena Sharp
-1
71
T22
Amy Olson
-1
71
T22
Ashleigh Buhai
-1
71
T22
Cheyenne Knight
-1
71
T33
Jeongeun Lee6
E
72
T33
Inbee Park
E
72
T33
Morgan Pressel
E
72
T33
Jennifer Kupcho
E
72
T33
Charley Hull
E
72
T33
Katherine Kirk
E
72
T33
Anna Nordqvist
E
72
T40
Hyo Joo Kim
1
73
T40
Carlota Ciganda
1
73
T40
Eun-Hee Ji
1
73
T40
Lydia Ko
1
73
T40
Mirim Lee
1
73
T40
Jasmine Suwannapura
1
73
T40
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
1
73
T40
Stacy Lewis
1
73
T48
Gaby Lopez
2
74
T48
Angel Yin
2
74
T48
Ally McDonald
2
74
T48
Jing Yan
2
74
T48
Annie Park
2
74
T53
Moriya Jutanugarn
3
75
T53
Mi Hyang Lee
3
75
T53
Kristen Gillman
3
75
T53
Nicole Broch Larsen
3
75
T57
Ariya Jutanugarn
4
76
T57
Hannah Green
4
76
T57
Celine Boutier
4
76
T57
Jaye Marie Green
4
76
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