CME Group Tour Championship R4

Jin Young Ko wins in Florida, tops money list.

December 17-20
Tiburón Golf Club, Naples, Florida
$3,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3




Jin Young Ko started the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship one shot behind Sei Young Kim and made birdie on the first hole.


She made six more, including a run of three from the 12th to the 14th, her longest run of the week, and only one bogey at the 9th to close with a 66, 18-under for the tournament, and win her seventh LPGA title.

“I still can’t believe it, that I’m here, that I won this tournament,” said Ko.

Ko has held the World number 1 spot since July 2019 and moves to $5,600,824 in career earnings, the 71st player in LPGA history to earn over $5 million.



The $1.1 million prize money also puts her at the top of the money list for the year, in spite of playing in only four tournaments after spending most of the year in South Korea due to the pandemic and competing in six tournaments on the Korean LPGA.

Hannah Green made five birdies to close with a 67 and tied for second place with Sei Young Kim at 13-under.


Kim’s three bogeys and three birdies lost her the tournament but were enough to secure the Rolex Player of the Year.

Kim earned 118 points with two wins this season at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the Pelican Women’s Championship presented by DEX Imaging and Konica Minolta, and captured three more top-10 finishes at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions (T7), Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio (5th) and Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G (T5).

“It feels great. I’m very proud of it. Yeah, it’s great because me and Paul, we working hard and we been great this year,” said Kim, who was named the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year in 2015. “I’m very thankful to all who is around me, like parents and then my coach and my trainer, Mr. Moon, and yeah, my family. Yeah, I’m very thankful to all of them.”

Danielle Kang, who finished T30 at 3-under won the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average of 70.082

“Feels like a pretty solid accomplishment in 2020, to be honest,” said Kang. “At the end of the round, I looked at my caddie and said, ‘We won the Vare.’ That is an accomplishment in all cases,” said Kang, who hit 13 of 14 fairways today and 14 greens in regulation. “This one feels like a really good mark in my career, that I was able to do it and accomplished it. I can look back on the 2020 season and at the Vare Trophy, and that’s part of it.

“To be part of the legends [list to win the Vare Trophy], I just want to make them proud moving forward as well, because they left this game for us and they left this stage for us, and I wish that I can do that for the future.”



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First round leader Lexi Thompson closed with a 2-under 70 and tied with Lydia Ko for fifth place at 11-under.

“Definitely a good ending to the year and to the week,” said Thompson.

The tournament was closed to ticketholders but Thompson still had a few fans following her on Sunday and welcomed the familiar sight.

“It was nice to have a few people out there supporting us. I think the fans make the game, so hopefully we’ll get back to that in 2021.”

The 2020 LPGA season was only 18 tournaments-long due to the 5 month hiatus caused by the pandemic. Next season should feature 34 events starting in January with the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Jin Young Ko
-18
68
67
69
66
270
T2
Hannah Green
-13
69
68
71
67
275
T2
Sei Young Kim
-13
67
69
67
72
275
4
Mina Harigae
-12
70
69
69
68
276
T5
Lydia Ko
-11
74
65
69
69
277
T5
Lexi Thompson
-11
65
71
71
70
277
T7
Austin Ernst
-10
69
69
69
71
278
T7
Georgia Hall
-10
69
69
68
72
278
T7
Brooke M. Henderson
-10
73
68
66
71
278
T10
Ariya Jutanugarn
-8
72
70
71
67
280
T10
Cristie Kerr
-8
68
74
66
72
280
T10
Anna Nordqvist
-8
68
72
70
70
280
T13
Perrine Delacour
-7
70
71
68
72
281
T13
Charley Hull
-7
72
69
66
74
281
T13
Minjee Lee
-7
68
73
66
74
281
T13
Brittany Lincicome
-7
72
71
71
67
281
T13
So Yeon Ryu
-7
71
73
69
68
281
T13
Madelene Sagstrom
-7
72
72
68
69
281
T19
Celine Boutier
-6
71
71
70
70
282
T19
Christina Kim
-6
73
72
69
68
282
T19
Cheyenne Knight
-6
71
72
68
71
282
T19
Nelly Korda
-6
72
66
74
70
282
T23
Katherine Kirk
-5
72
68
72
71
283
T23
Xiyu Lin
-5
71
72
66
74
283
T23
Gaby Lopez
-5
71
71
70
71
283
T23
Sarah Schmelzel
-5
71
69
69
74
283
T23
Jenny Shin
-5
73
72
68
70
283
T28
Cydney Clanton
-4
70
68
72
74
284
T28
Jennifer Kupcho
-4
70
72
70
72
284
T30
Danielle Kang
-3
71
75
70
69
285
T30
Jessica Korda
-3
75
74
70
66
285
T30
Caroline Masson
-3
67
71
74
73
285
T30
Yealimi Noh
-3
73
69
70
73
285
T30
Amy Yang
-3
73
73
69
70
285
T35
Brittany Altomare
-2
73
73
71
69
286
T35
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-2
70
73
70
73
286
T35
Inbee Park
-2
71
71
71
73
286
T38
Nasa Hataoka
-1
73
70
75
69
287
T38
Moriya Jutanugarn
-1
70
73
69
75
287
T38
Megan Khang
-1
67
71
75
74
287
T38
Stephanie Meadow
-1
70
76
69
72
287
T38
Azahara Munoz
-1
73
75
69
70
287
T38
Linnea Strom
-1
74
71
70
72
287
T44
Carlota Ciganda
E
68
74
77
69
288
T44
Mi-Rim Lee
E
73
73
69
73
288
T46
In Gee Chun
1
73
74
75
67
289
T46
Stacy Lewis
1
71
75
74
69
289
T46
Leona Maguire
1
73
72
69
75
289
T46
Robynn Ree
1
74
72
69
74
289
T46
Lizette Salas
1
71
72
76
70
289
T46
Alena Sharp
1
73
76
76
64
289
T46
Jennifer Song
1
74
70
74
71
289
T53
Sarah Kemp
2
72
73
73
72
290
T53
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
2
66
77
73
74
290
T53
Andrea Lee
2
71
72
73
74
290
T53
Jasmine Suwannapura
2
70
74
73
73
290
T53
Emma Talley
2
72
74
74
70
290
T53
Lindsey Weaver
2
74
74
70
72
290
T59
Pernilla Lindberg
3
76
74
68
73
291
T59
Mel Reid
3
74
73
70
74
291
T61
Ashleigh Buhai
4
69
77
70
76
292
T61
Maria Fassi
4
68
76
78
70
292
T61
Anne van Dam
4
71
77
72
72
292
64
Maria Torres
5
76
75
69
73
293
65
Kelly Tan
6
72
74
72
76
294
66
Yu Liu
7
74
77
69
75
295
67
Hee Young Park
8
73
76
71
76
296
T68
Bianca Pagdanganan
9
73
79
76
69
297
T68
Angela Stanford
9
75
72
76
74
297
70
Kristen Gillman
11
75
77
72
75
299
71
Brittany Lang
15
76
78
75
74
303
72
Natalie Gulbis
24
77
78
77
80
312
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