$2 million payday for LPGA finale trumps regular PGA TOUR events

Ronan MacNamara
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A detail view of a pin flag on the ninth green prior to the CME Group Tour Championship (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The CME Group Tour Championship currently taking place is the finale of the LPGA Tour season and it is one of the most prestigious titles of the year, outside of the five major championships of course. However, there is a little extra on the line this week as the winner will take home a cool $2 million should they be successful. 

The CME Group Tour Championship has a sizeable prize purse of $7 million which is just below the AIG Women’s Open, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the US Women’s Open. Although it pays out the biggest winner’s share out of all the major tournaments. 

In fact the $2 million winner’s cheque this week is the largest prize in the history of women’s golf and trumps your usual run of the mill PGA Tour events with most PGA Tour winners earning between $1.4 million and $1.6 million. 

Seamus Power picked up $1.17 million for winning the Bermuda Championship. 

Power is also playing in the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic which incidentally has a larger prize fund of $8.1 million but an inferior first prize cheque of $1.4 million.

Regular PGA Tour events usually pay out 18% of the prize purse to the winner while the CME winner this week will receive a 28.6% chunk of the prize fund which is just over a 13% increase from a typical LPGA Tour event. 

The Genesis, Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Memorial, the WGC Match Play Championship, the Players Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the four majors all pay the winner more than $2 million on the PGA Tour. 

Leona Maguire is in the field this week in Florida as the 2022 LPGA Tour season comes to a close and she is bidding to claim the $2 million winner’s prize. 

Lydia Ko of New Zealand is currently looking down on everybody at the top of the Race to CME Rankings ahead of the season finale while 19-year-old Atthaya Thitikul is lurking behind in second place. 

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