Where LPGA points, awards races stand with 2 events left

Where LPGA points, awards races stand with 2 events left
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The LPGA is back stateside, and with two events left in the 2023 season, there is much to play for.

Not only is there a combined $10.25 million in prize money up for grabs at this week’s The Annika and next week’s CME Group Tour Championship, but players on the Race to the CME Globe bubble are trying to solidify their spots in the season-ending tournament in Naples, Florida, and the battles for several postseason awards are hotly contested.

Here is a breakdown of what’s at stake:


55. Sarah Kemp, 559.713
56. Andrea Lee, 552.303
57. Madelene Sagstrom, 543.931
58. Celine Borge, 535.415
59. Albane Valenzuela, 532.752
60. Bianca Pagdanganan, 528.780

61. Patty Tavatanakit, 514.650
62. Sarah Schmelzel, 499.778
63. Lauren Coughlin, 497.070
64. Eun-Hee Ji, 495.010
65. Mi Hyang Lee, 491.789
66. Nanna Koerstz Madsen, 487.666

Buzz: The top 60 players in points following The Annika will gain entry into the CME Group Tour Championship, where the winner will win $2 million as the Race to the CME Globe champion. Of the listed players above, only Andrea Lee is not competing this week.


1. Celine Boutier, 169
2. Lilia Vu, 166
3. Ruoning Yin, 133
4. Allisen Corpuz, 105
5. Hyo Joo Kim, 97

Buzz: Only the top three players still have a chance to take home this honor, and all three are playing both weeks. Boutier can clinch the award, though, with a win at The Annika and a Vu finish of ninth or worse. Vu needs an eighth-place finish or better in one of the last two events to have a mathematical chance while Yin needs at least one fifth-place showing or better. Boutier (France) and Yin (China) would be the first from their country to be player of the year, and Vu would be the first American since Stacy Lewis in 2014. Players get 30 points for a win, 12 for a second, nine for a third, seven for fourth, six for fifth and so on through 10th place.


1. Hae Ran Ryu, 847
2. Grace Kim, 592
3. Rose Zhang, 513
4. Yuna Nishimura, 477
5. Celine Borge, 344

Buzz: Ryu and Kim are still in this race, and both are playing both weeks. However, Kim needs to win both events to have a chance, and even if Kim wins The Annika, Ryu can clinch rookie of the year by finishing 12th.


1. Hyo Joo Kim, 69.689
2. Atthaya Thitikul, 69.761
3. Xiyu Lin, 69.958
4. Jin Young Ko, 70.065
5. Nelly Korda, 70.133

Buzz: Thitikul needs three more rounds to be eligible, though she’s slated to play both closing tournaments.


1. Angel Yin: -0.933
2. Atthaya Thitikul: -0.889

Buzz: This is the final week of the year-long competition, which measures players’ performances on a select hole at each tournament. The winner will receive $1 million. Yin is not competing this week, which means, according to the LPGA, Thitikul needs two eagles on the chosen hole – the par-5 14th – to surpass her.

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