NAPLES, Fla. – Lexi Thompson was the best in this week, and Ariya Jutanugarn was the best all season.
Thompson shot a last cycle 70 to complete at 18-under 270 and win the LPGA’s season-finishing CME Group Tour Championship by 4 strokes over Nelly Korda. The win makes this the 6th back to back year that Thompson has won in any event once, broadening the longest such dynamic streak on the LPGA Tour.
“It’s exceptionally satisfying,” Thompson said. “This is such a unique occasion for me as a rule, experiencing childhood in Florida. … It was simply exceptionally satisfying.”
Lexi Thompson’s last cycle 70 was sufficient to give her a 4-stroke win at the season-finishing CME Group Tour Championship.
Jutanugarn took the other two major prizes that were up for gets this week, securing the yearlong Race to the CME Globe prize – and the $1 million reward that accompanies that – and the Vare Trophy for winning the season’s scoring title. The world No. 1 previously had wrapped up player of the year respects, and completed 2018 with a 69.415 scoring normal to edge Minjee Lee (69.747) for the best spot there.
Jutanugarn shot a 6-under 66 on Sunday, completing the week tied for fifth at 12-under 276.
“It felt extraordinary today,” Jutanugarn said. “I’m exceptionally glad for myself.”
Jutanugarn quickly lost the lead in the anticipated Globe standings on Sunday after Brooke Henderson made three birdies on her initial seven openings to get the best spot. Jutanugarn recovered the preferred standpoint with four birdies in a six-gap extend halfway through her round, and the trophy was just about bolted up when she birdied the standard 5 fourteenth all the while to Henderson making intruder on the standard 3 sixteenth.
The thirteenth gap on Sunday gave the move that Thompson used to hold off Korda. They went to the tee of that standard 4 with Thompson up by two; she made birdie, Korda made intruder, and Thompson was abruptly up four with five openings to play.
“It was simply extremely uncommon to win before the entirety of my family and companions,” Thompson said.
Jutanugarn completed in style, coming in a 15-footer for birdie on the last gap to top the year where she cleared the LPGA’s greatest prizes.
“It implies such a great amount to me since jump at the chance to be straightforward, after 2016 I never expected anything,” Jutanugarn said. “I have a feeling that I accomplish like excessively as of now in my life, so I never figure I can do anything over that. So this year … much the same as staggering.”
Ariya Jutanugarn asserted the yearlong Race to the CME Globe prize – and the $1 million reward that accompanies that – and in addition the Vare Trophy for winning the season’s scoring title.
It was the tenth vocation win for Thompson, who snatched the lead on Friday and kept it whatever remains of the way. She hadn’t completed superior to a tie for ninth in any of her last eight begins – however Tiburon Golf Club has been a safe house for the local South Floridian, who is 31-under in her last seven rounds at the visit title there.
The win likewise helped facilitate the torment of a year ago’s visit title for Thompson. She had a 2-foot standard putt on the 72nd opening – one that could have implied a competition win, the world No. 1 positioning and player of the year praises – yet pushed it right and ended up losing to Jutanugarn by a shot.
There was no last opening anxiety this time, and the job inversion was finished. Like Thompson in 2017, Jutanugarn left with the Globe and the Vare Trophy; like Jutanugarn in 2017, Thompson got the win in the season finale.
Among different notables, Brittany Lincicome (67) to complete tied for third at 13-under with So Yeon Ryu (68), Lydia Ko went 68-68 on the end of the week to complete 12-under close by Jutanugarn, Marina Alex (69) and Carlota Ciganda (70). Nasa Hataoka completed alone in ninth at 10-under, and first-round pioneer Amy Olson shot a 4-under 68 to complete at 9-under and in a gathering with Henderson and Sei Young Kim.
“To complete best 10, top five, whatever it will be, going into the offseason, clearly I made a couple of additional dollars since I’m holding off on playing until January,” Lincicome said. “I feel really great about it.”
The 2019 LPGA plan is relied upon to be discharged in full in the not so distant future. The year starts with the debut Tournament of Champions in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, from Jan. 17-20. Victors from the last two LPGA seasons are qualified for that field, which implies there ought to be around 36 geniuses playing alongside some big name members and beginners.