After 34 successful events around the globe the 2016 season of the LPGA came to an end in Naples, Florida. The youngster mainly dominated the season this year, the average winners age was 22.38. To maintain the trend of young winners, the season ended with England’s Charley Hull earning her first LPGA title thanks to a spectacular weekend, in which she signed rounds 66 to finish with a total of 19-under par. So Yeon Ryu finished runner-up at 17-under par to earn her 11th top-10 finish of 2016.
It was Lydia Ko who led the Race to the CME Globe during most of the year but towards the end of the season Ariya Jutanugarn leapfrogged her. During the last Asian Swing of the year Jutanugarn was able to collect good results and took the first spot on the Race a couple of weeks before the season ending event. Lydia entered the week in Naples known she had to win the event or finished in a better position than Ariya if she wanted make the CME Globe three-peat.
The Race to the CME Globe was not the only title on the line this week, but also the Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy and money title, which would be determined until Sunday’s final round. Ariya took home the $1 million dollar prize after finishing tied for fourth, as well as Rolex Player of the Year honors and the money title. In Gee Chun clinched the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award after her win at the Evian Championship and added the Vare Trophy to her accomplishments of the season.
The tour will now start the off-season and will be back in action in January. The 2017 season promises even better things, as new events will be added to the calendar and the Solheim Cup will be back in Des Moines, Iowa.