News Release

Big Upgrades Coming to the LPGA’s Race to the CME Globe in 2019

Wed Nov 14 2018

• Purse will double to $5M at the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship
• Elite field of 60 players to compete for $1.5 million winner’s check, the largest in women’s golf
• Score 1 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® charity program to debut in 2019


NAPLES, Fla., Nov. 13, 2018 – Today, LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan and CME Group Chairman and CEO Terry Duffy announced that the Race to the CME Globe is evolving in 2019 to bring an even bigger payout and purse to the Tour’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.

Starting in 2019, all points will disappear during the LPGA’s final tournament and the event purse will double, from $2.5 million to $5 million. An elite field of just 60 players at the CME Group Tour Championship will all have an opportunity to take home the largest first-place prize in all of women’s golf - $1.5 million.

"CME Group has made a huge impact on the LPGA Tour during our nine years together, and today's news is an absolute game-changer for the LPGA and its members," said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. "With the Race to the CME Globe, we already had a grand finish to the LPGA Tour season. With these changes, it's now bigger money, smaller field, and ANY player in the Tour Championship can win – game on!"

With so much on the line at the CME Group Tour Championship, the Race to the CME Globe will become even more compelling as the focus initially turns to which players will earn a place in the elite field. As in previous years, players will accumulate points at each official LPGA Tour event throughout the 2019 season leading up to the CME Group Tour Championship. The top 60 points earners and ties will earn a spot in the CME Group Tour Championship; previously the top 72 points earners qualified.

"We are proud of our long-standing relationship with the LPGA and its players and are extremely pleased to further elevate our support of women's golf," said Duffy. "This new format consists of a year-long competition that ensures the world's top 60 women golfers, based on CME Globe points, have the opportunity to compete for the biggest payout in the history of the LPGA. When they get to Naples, it's anyone's game and everyone will have an equal shot at winning the $5 million purse. We believe these significant changes will create even more energy, excitement and anticipation for both the players who are competing as well as the fans who are watching the dramatic finish of the LPGA season at the CME Group Tour Championship."

As the Race evolves in 2019, so too will its season-long charity program, which will become the CME Group Cares Challenge - Score 1 for St. Jude. CME Group will donate $20,000 for each hole-in-one made on the LPGA Tour in 2019, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $500,000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Proceeds from the program will help assure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food - because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

"Along with these changes to the CME Group Tour Championship, we will be evolving our CME Group Cares Challenge by introducing a new Score 1 for St. Jude program to support the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital mission of finding cures and saving lives," said Duffy. "During the season, every time an LPGA player scores a hole-in-one, CME Group will donate $20,000 to St. Jude to help them continue paying for treatment, travel, food and housing for its patients and families."

As in previous seasons, players will accumulate points at each official LPGA Tour event. All tournaments will have the same point values in the Race to the CME Globe, except for the five major championships, which will be worth 25 percent more. The winners of all official LPGA Tour events leading up to the CME Group Tour Championship will earn 500 points and the winner of each major championship will earn 625 points. Only LPGA Tour members are eligible to earn points in the Race.

For all LPGA Tour events with a cut, points will be awarded to LPGA members who make the cut. For all events without a cut, points will be awarded to members who finish among the top 40 and ties. Two tournaments will award points differently – the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions and the DOW Great Lakes Bay Invitational. For the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, points will be awarded to members who finish among the top 20 and ties. For the DOW Great Lakes Bay Invitational, points will be awarded to members who make the cut in the following manner: 1st place team will split the total of 1st and 2nd place points, 2nd place team will split the total of 3rd and 4th place points, etc. In the case of decimal points, split points will be rounded down to the nearest whole number.

About the LPGA

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.

The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives, such as LPGA*USGA Girls Golf.

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About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter and Instagram and subscribing to its YouTube channel.

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