LPGA announces changes to points race

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NAPLES, Fla. (AP) The Race to the CME Globe will be more frantic starting next year, and the winner of the LPGA Tour's season-ending tournament is going to get considerably richer.

Tour and event officials announced Tuesday night that the CME Group Tour Championship's purse in 2019 will double to $5 million, with the winner getting $1.5 million - the largest first-place share in women's golf history.

The biggest winner's check and purse on the LPGA Tour this season were both at the U.S. Women's Open, where Ariya Jutanugarn won $900,000 of the $5 million total purse.


Money Leaders: LPGA Tour
Rank Player Earnings
1 Ariya Jutanugarn $2,667,983
2 Minjee Lee $1,538,391
3 Sung Hyun Park $1,466,266
4 Brooke Henderson $1,428,539
5 Nasa Hataoka $1,401,440
6 Sei Young Kim $1,324,710
7 So Yeon Ryu $1,299,382
8 Carlota Ciganda $1,168,644
9 Jin Young Ko $1,154,198
10 Danielle Kang $1,097,696
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