After 31 events successfully conducted in 12 different countries the 2015 LPGA Tour season came to an end in Naples, Florida. Money bonuses and year awards were at play during the CME Group Tour Championship, promising to be an exciting week especially with Lydia Ko and Inbee Park having a battle of their own to sweep the year’s honors.
It all came down to surprises at the Tiburón Golf Club Resort. Veteran, Cristie Kerr, was the player of the week after winning her second title of the season. Lydia Ko was named the player of the year and took the $1 million Race to the CME Globe bonus. While Inbee Park took an award of her own and will be among the players of all-time.
Lexi Thompson was one of the players that during Sunday’s round were in position to possibly win the tournament and the Race to the CME Globe. Thompson drained four birdies through 11 holes but couldn’t make any other birdie putt drop and finished the event in a solo fourth place.
It was not until the 17th hole when the tournament was practically decided after Cristie Kerr sanked a 15-foot eagle putt that gave her a one-shot lead when Ha Na Jang holed her birdie putt. Kerr pared the 72th-hole of the tournament to finish at 17-under par just one shot over Jang and Gerina Piller to take home the $500,000 paycheck.
With her win Kerr reached $17,285,587 total career earnings and is now third in this category behind No.1 Annika Sorenstam and No. 2 Karrie Webb.