Wire-to-wire win for Lydia Ko at season finale

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November 21, 2022
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Lydia Ko earned the biggest winner’s check in the history of women’s golf after her wire-to-wire victory at the 2022 season-finale CME Group Tour Championship.


She also clinched the Player of the Year award for the second time in her career and the Vare Trophy for the second consecutive season. She now only needs two more points of the necessary 27 for induction into the LPGA Hall of Fame.

“To be the Player of the Year and to win the Vare Trophy again and to win the CME Group Tour Championship, it's a dream come true. To be able to do it in front of family and my team, you know, it's a very special one,” said Ko. “As much as I'm excited that I have won, I'm also excited for some time off and get ready to become a bride soon.”

The 19-time LPGA champion, shot a 70 on Sunday to finish at 17-under overall. She led from day one, managing the gusty conditions that plagued the field throughout the week better than anyone until Leona Maguire made the most of Moving Day with a 9-under 63, the best score of the week, to tie for the lead.

Ko’s bogey at the 1st on Sunday gave Maguire an early lead, but the New Zealander recovered with two birdies on the front while the Irishwoman kept it level. With Ko just one stroke ahead at the turn, both players made pars until they ran into trouble on the par-5 14th, each making bogey after hitting their second shots into the water and taking drops. Ko made two final birdies on 16 and 17 to edge out Maguire for her third title of the season.

“I think internally I was excited, but I tried to stay calm. Even down to the last hole, I just wanted to play my golf and make sure that it gets handled in my hands and not, like, somebody else's,” said Ko.

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist closed out her 11th appearance in the Tour’s season finale with a 67 to finish third at 14-under, her best result on Tour since her win at the 2021 AIG Women’s Open.

“I'm not going to lie, this year has been a hard year on the greens. I feel like ball striking-wise it's probably been the most consistent year I've had in my career. But, the last couple of weeks wasn't really going a good direction,” said Nordqvist. “So my husband helped me a little bit earlier in the week and just focusing on speed. I think it slowed down the greens a little bit today because of the wind. I left myself a little bit short on a few of those, but I feel like I just put myself in good positions into the greens, so I had some good looks.

England's Georgia Hall closed with a 67 for a share of fourth place at 12-under alongside south Korea's Jeongeun Lee6.

Pos.PlayerTo ParScoresTotal
1Lydia Ko-1765-66-70-70271
2Leona Maguire-1569-69-63-72273
3Anna Nordqvist-1468-69-70-67274
T4Georgia Hall-1271-69-69-67276
T4Jeongeun Lee6-1270-68-68-70276
6Pajaree Anannarukarn-1066-73-69-70278
T7Hyo Joo Kim-967-69-72-71279
T7Brooke M. Henderson-968-74-65-72279
T7Gemma Dryburgh-967-70-69-73279
T10Celine Boutier-871-71-69-69280
T10Atthaya Thitikul-873-67-71-69280
T10Nelly Korda-868-69-73-70280
T13Moriya Jutanugarn-771-70-69-71281
T13Madelene Sagstrom-771-70-69-71281
T15Jodi Ewart Shadoff-672-67-71-72282
T15Danielle Kang-666-74-68-74282
T17Allisen Corpuz-571-71-72-69283
T17Chella Choi-573-71-69-70283
T17Andrea Lee-570-73-69-71283
T17Lizette Salas-570-69-72-72283
T21Lexi Thompson-474-74-68-68284
T21Megan Khang-468-72-74-70284
T21Amy Yang-468-70-75-71284
T21Xiyu Janet Lin-473-69-70-72284
T25Marina Alex-373-69-71-72285
T25Sei Young Kim-368-74-71-72285
T25Ayaka Furue-372-69-72-72285
T25Caroline Masson-372-70-70-73285
T25Stacy Lewis-369-70-71-75285
T30Charley Hull-271-78-67-70286
T30Lilia Vu-270-73-70-73286
T30Sophia Schubert-268-71-71-76286
T33Nanna Koerstz Madsen-173-72-72-70287
T33Ashleigh Buhai-177-71-68-71287
T33Jin Young Ko-172-75-69-71287
T33Hannah Green-174-71-71-71287
T33Narin An-170-72-72-73287
T33Jennifer Kupcho-173-71-68-75287
T33In Gee Chun-174-68-70-75287
T33Minjee Lee-171-68-71-77287
T41Eun-Hee JiPar72-76-71-69288
T41Sarah SchmelzelPar70-72-74-72288
T41Alison LeePar71-72-69-76288
T41Nasa HataokaPar70-67-71-80288
T45Ryann O'Toole+178-70-70-71289
T45Cheyenne Knight+173-71-74-71289
T45Maja Stark+174-68-75-72289
T45Ally Ewing+171-71-72-75289
T49Pornanong Phatlum+276-73-69-72290
T49Hinako Shibuno+274-71-69-76290
51A Lim Kim+372-67-77-75291
52Matilda Castren+470-69-75-78292
53Mina Harigae+571-74-74-74293
T54Hye-Jin Choi+675-73-74-72294
T54Ariya Jutanugarn+674-73-73-74294
T54Paula Reto+671-72-77-74294
T54Carlota Ciganda+675-73-71-75294
58Gaby Lopez+771-70-75-79295
T59Yuka Saso+875-77-74-70296
T59Patty Tavatanakit+878-74-73-71296
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