Lake Merced a Part of $1 Million Race to the CME Globe
Jan. 8, 2014
The LPGA announced today the introduction of a season-long points race with a $1 million payout, meaning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic hosted by Lake Merced at the end of April just became a little more important.
Similar to the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup, points will be awarded to LPGA players throughout the season based on their finishes. Winners of all official LPGA events leading up to the CME Group Tour Championship will earn 500 points, while major champions will collect 625 points. At the Tour Championship, the top 72 players (plus winners who didn’t qualify) will be reseeded and their points reallocated, giving everyone in the field the chance to capture the $1 million top prize. The player who finishes with the most points after the Tour Championship wins $1 million and the Race to the CME Globe, while the golfer who captures the four-day Tour Championship will also take home $500,000.
“To say this figure is significant is a massive understatement,” said Karen Stupples, a one-time major winner employed by Golf Channel as an analyst. “For the first time it will give LPGA players a chance to feel what it’s like playing for the kind of money the PGA guys play for.”
The LPGA Tour is back in Northern California after a three-year hiatus. The LPGA last played in the region at Blackhawk CC for the 2010 CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge. The Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic is co-sanctioned with the Taiwan LPGA, and will feature 120 LPGA players, as well as golfers from Taiwan. It is the first LPGA co-sanctioned tournament to be played on American soil.
Lake Merced is an appropriate host, as it was one of the first golf clubs in the country without gender restrictions. The tournament runs from April 24-27.