The inaugural Race to the CME Globe is providing extra excitement to each stop on the LPGA. A million dollar bonus at the end of the season gives the players incentive to play well every week, as well as grind away when their game is off.
At the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC, Azahara Munoz fired a flawless six-under 65 to tie Austin Ernst for the early first round lead. Munoz would jump from seventh in the Race to second with a W at the Kingsmill Resort River Course in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. A win for Ernst would catapult her from 96th to 21st in the rankings.
Stacy Lewis holds the top spot in the Race to the CME Globe with 1,979 points. Lewis leads Michelle Wie by 439 points, which is slightly less than the amount of points awarded to the winner of an official LPGA event (500). Wie is having a great season, but Lewis is a top-10 machine with eight top-10s in nine events. Lewis will be difficult to catch unless Wie goes on a mid-season tear, and adds to her win total.
The points system appropriately favors winning. Karrie Webb “only” has three top-10s in seven events, but two of the top-10s are wins, and she is trailing Lewis by 562 points.
Players are awarded more points for winning a major (625). It is all about winning at the highest levels of professional sports, and the Race to the CME Globe reflects that message well.
Azahara Munoz is pictured in the above photograph. The photo is credited to USA Today Sports.