Lydia Ko Wins 2014 CME Group Tour Championship, Also Receives $1 Million Bonus For “Race To CME Globe” Win

Million Dollar Baby! (click to enlarge)

Wow, I haven’t done a golf blog entry in a little while. I have to be honest. When Pornanong Phatlum was denied victory in the final round at the 2014 Sime Darby LPGA Championship by a surging Shanshan Feng, it really gutted me. I was pulling so hard for Waen to be the first player from Thailand to win an official tour event. Oh, I’ve still been watching the LPGA and cheering for my favorites but I just didn’t have the energy to post. However, when a mega-talented 17-year old lights up the sky with her brilliance, making even seasoned LPGA watchers sit up and take notice that we are in the midst of watching a legend be born…well, I have to acknowledge what is happening.  Lydia Ko recorded the biggest payday in LPGA history with her first place finish at the 2014 CME Group Tour Championship. The 2014 LPGA Rookie of the Year takes home $500,000 as the tournament winner. She also received a bonus of $1,000,000 for winning the season long inaugural Race to the CME Globe points competition. And she seems so unaffected by it all, with a charm and innocence that belies how special she is and the great accomplishments she has achieved.

Lydia Ko (click to enlarge)

The knee jerk reaction is to say this is the greatest rookie season ever on the LPGA. It’s one of the greatest, but I don’t know if it is the absolute greatest. It’s hard to judge different eras. Sure, she gets an unprecedented million dollar bonus and is the youngest player to reach $2 million in prizemoney ($3 million if you count the bonus, but that doesn’t count as official prizemoney or she would have won the Money List title that went to Stacy Lewis). But remember that simple inflation boosts prizemoney totals. Just off the top of my head, Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez won a Major as a rookie. Fellow Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak won two Majors as a rookie. And there was no Race to CME Globe bonus for them. So I don’t want to say who had the best rookie season ever. I’d rather just take all the great rookie seasons and put Lydia in there with them. As an aside, Stacy Lewis picked up $150,ooo and Michelle Wie picked up $100,000 in bonuses for finishing 2nd and 3rd in the CME Group points race respectively. Stacy also wrapped up the Triple Crown of Player of the Year, Vare Trophy and Money List titles. On a day when Lydia Ko is the talk of the tour, let’s not forget the continued golf genius of Stacy Lewis.

 

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* Lydia Ko won on 4th playoff hole

I also included some photos from the LPGA Rolex Players Awards Dinner

 

1 LYDIA KO (-10*)

 

 

 

T2 CARLOTA CIGANDA (-10)

 

T2 JULIETA GRANADA (-10)

 

4 MORGAN PRESSEL (-8)

 

T5 SANDRA GAL (-7)

Morgan Pressel & Sandra Gal

 

T5 MICHELLE WIE (-7)

 

Round
Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Playoff Today Total Strokes Purse
1 x-Lydia Ko 71 71 68 68 16 -10 278 $500,000
T2 Carlota Ciganda 70 67 71 70 17 -10 278 $141,743
T2 Julieta Granada 66 71 70 71 9 -10 278 $141,743
4 Morgan Pressel 72 66 70 72 E -8 280 $92,200
T5 Sandra Gal 68 71 70 72 E -7 281 $67,464
T5 Michelle Wie 72 67 72 70 -2 -7 281 $67,464
T7 Hee Young Park 70 73 71 69 -3 -5 283 $47,675
T7 So Yeon Ryu 70 70 70 73 +1 -5 283 $47,675
T9 I.K. Kim 71 72 71 70 -2 -4 284 $36,730
T9 Brittany Lang 74 68 70 72 E -4 284 $36,730
T9 Stacy Lewis 69 74 70 71 -1 -4 284 $36,730
T12 Shanshan Feng 74 69 71 71 -1 -3 285 $27,885
T12 Moriya Jutanugarn 74 67 72 72 E -3 285 $27,885
T12 Lizette Salas 75 70 68 72 E -3 285 $27,885
T12 Sarah Jane Smith 70 69 76 70 -2 -3 285 $27,885
T12 Angela Stanford 70 74 67 74 +2 -3 285 $27,885
T17 Marina Alex 70 74 71 71 -1 -2 286 $22,368
T17 Na Yeon Choi 71 72 73 70 -2 -2 286 $22,368
T17 Caroline Hedwall 69 74 73 70 -2 -2 286 $22,368
T20 Chella Choi 71 69 76 71 -1 -1 287 $19,610
T20 Kim Kaufman 74 70 71 72 E -1 287 $19,610
T20 Belen Mozo 69 73 73 72 E -1 287 $19,610
T20 Lexi Thompson 71 72 73 71 -1 -1 287 $19,610
T24 Karine Icher 72 71 74 71 -1 E 288 $17,181
T24 Azahara Munoz 73 71 71 73 +1 E 288 $17,181
T24 Inbee Park 71 74 73 70 -2 E 288 $17,181
T27 Christina Kim 71 74 69 75 +3 +1 289 $14,716
T27 Jessica Korda 77 70 70 72 E +1 289 $14,716
T27 Ilhee Lee 71 72 72 74 +2 +1 289 $14,716
T27 Mirim Lee 74 70 72 73 +1 +1 289 $14,716
T27 Catriona Matthew 75 68 70 76 +4 +1 289 $14,716
32 Beatriz Recari 74 72 75 69 -3 +2 290 $13,043
T33 Brittany Lincicome 72 71 73 75 +3 +3 291 $11,993
T33 Sydnee Michaels 77 72 68 74 +2 +3 291 $11,993
T33 Jenny Shin 72 70 74 75 +3 +3 291 $11,993
T36 Kyu-Jung Baek 75 71 77 69 -3 +4 292 $10,183
T36 Jennifer Johnson 73 69 71 79 +7 +4 292 $10,183
T36 Cristie Kerr 73 70 76 73 +1 +4 292 $10,183
T36 Suzann Pettersen 71 72 70 79 +7 +4 292 $10,183
T36 Karrie Webb 74 74 70 74 +2 +4 292 $10,183
T41 Laura Diaz 73 71 73 76 +4 +5 293 $8,456
T41 Mo Martin 74 70 74 75 +3 +5 293 $8,456
T41 Anna Nordqvist 77 68 76 72 E +5 293 $8,456
T41 Yani Tseng 73 76 73 71 -1 +5 293 $8,456
T45 Dori Carter 75 73 73 73 +1 +6 294 $7,511
T45 Sun Young Yoo 76 75 70 73 +1 +6 294 $7,511
T47 Paula Creamer 72 75 69 79 +7 +7 295 $6,836
T47 Austin Ernst 72 74 77 72 E +7 295 $6,836
T47 Haeji Kang 70 74 74 77 +5 +7 295 $6,836
50 Pornanong Phatlum 76 72 73 75 +3 +8 296 $6,296
T51 Eun-Hee Ji 76 74 75 72 E +9 297 $6,027
T51 Meena Lee 73 73 78 73 +1 +9 297 $6,027
T53 Caroline Masson 77 77 73 71 -1 +10 298 $5,577
T53 Gerina Piller 74 76 77 71 -1 +10 298 $5,577
T53 Mariajo Uribe 73 71 84 70 -2 +10 298 $5,577
T56 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 74 72 73 80 +8 +11 299 $5,127
T56 Pernilla Lindberg 79 73 72 75 +3 +11 299 $5,127
58 Katherine Kirk 75 76 78 72 E +13 301 $4,857
59 Candie Kung 76 78 76 72 E +14 302 $4,678
T60 Danielle Kang 74 72 78 79 +7 +15 303 $4,453
T60 Ayako Uehara 77 78 71 77 +5 +15 303 $4,453
62 M.J. Hur 76 74 81 73 +1 +16 304 $4,317
T63 Tiffany Joh 83 73 71 80 +8 +19 307 $4,183
T63 Thidapa Suwannapura 76 78 79 74 +2 +19 307 $4,183
65 Amelia Lewis 76 81 77 75 +3 +21 309 $4,047
66 Dewi Claire Schreefel 82 80 76 76 +4 +26 314 $3,958
WD Haru Nomura WD WD WD WD WD WD WD
67 Mi Hyang Lee 77 71 76 WD 224
68 Lee-Anne Pace 74 WD WD WD 74
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