What is the Qualification Criteria For CME Group Tour Championship? All You Need to Know About LPGA Tour’s Season-Ending Event

Published 11/12/2023, 10:30 AM EST

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The LPGA 2023 season is coming to an end. Every event played on the tour had money and crucial points on the line and players were putting their blood, sweat and tears to play as extraordinarily as they could. The ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican is the penultimate event before the LPGA Tour reaches Naples to crown the final champion.

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The CME Group Tour Championship is the final event on the tour. Golfers can only participate in it after acquiring a multitude of points throughout the running season. Few golfers may succeed, while certain others will be left behind. What are the eligibility criteria for the ultimate championship?

Qualifying criteria for the CME Group Tour Championship

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The LPGA Tour golfers have been trying the entire season to make their place on the CME Group Tour Championship. The event, scheduled from November 16, 2023, will occur at the Ritz-Carlton Naples, Florida. The tour ends on November 19. The $7 million prize purse is the largest for LPGA Tour non-major events.

While taking the title of the champion, the golfer will also secure the $2 million winner purse. There is a lot at stake. However, how do players qualify? From the get-go, the LPGA Tour announced that every event will award 500 points, while the five Majors will award 650 points to the winner.

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The sum of all the points will give each golfer a rank on the Race to CME Globe rankings. The Top 60 and ties on the list before the final championship will qualify for the season-end event. Additionally, the Top 100 will keep their cards for the 2024 season. The championship winner will also be declared the Race to CME Globe winner.

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The list is led by the French golfer Celine Boutier, followed by World No.2 Lilia Vu and World No.1 Ruoning Yin. There are three notable players who have found themselves outside of the Top 60 mark. And they are attempting to better their rank by playing at The ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican.

Lexi Thompson, Emily Pedersen, and Patty Tavatanakit go all out for the final championship

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The Solheim Cup’s pride Lexi Thompson and Emily Pedersen, and Thailand golfer Patty Tavatanakit, have found themselves out of the Top 60 and at risk of losing out on the CME Group Tour Championship. Thompson missed four of the LPGA events owing to her surgery and making history at the PGA Tour. She stands 88th on the points list.

While Tavatanakit is just one spot ahead at 61 and is contesting at The ANNIKA event, she currently is tied at 21. If her scoreboard improves after the final round, the Thai golfer may find herself in Naples, among others.

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Furthermore, Emily Pedersen is leading the event with 12 under 128 after two rounds. By winning the tournament, Pedersen’s 80th rank will improve significantly. Do you think these players will move up in the ranking and qualify for the CME Group Tour Championship?

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Khambe Huda Imran

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Khambe Huda Imran is a fresh recruit to the golf team at EssentiallySports. Her love of all things sports and her overflowing passion for writing made ES a perfect blend for her daily routine. Drawing inspiration from her idol in the sport, Lexi Thompson, Huda is hellbent on covering the niche aspects of the sport and giving her readers unique insights about the LPGA and women's golf as a whole.
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