The biggest first-place prize money payout in women’s golf is on the line Sunday at the CME Group Tour Championship, with the last woman standing banking $1.5 million for her victory in the no-cut, limited-field LPGA season finale. And if that last woman standing is either Nelly Korda or Jin Young Ko, the No. 1 and 2 ranked players in the world, she’ll also claim the LPGA’s Rolex Player of the Year award. That enough drama for you?
Ineed, it will make for an eventful finish at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., for sure. Korda and Ko have both won four LPGA events during the 2021 season, the former claiming her first major title at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship this summer. The latter has played her best golf late in 2021, winning four of her last eight starts. And she’s doing it while also nursing an injured left wrist that’s kept her from hitting golf balls on the range before each round this week.
The overall prize money payout this week is $5 million, which is impressive but will increase to $7 million (with the winner earning $2 million) in 2022. Here’s how much each player in the field will make this week. We’ll update the list after the finish on Sunday to list the names of those who played and how much they won.