Cristie Kerr, Lydia Ko Take Home Big LPGA Money

Cristie Kerr won 1st place and $500,000 in the 2015 LGPA CME Group Tour Championship. Lydia Ko took home the $1 million dollar Race to the CME Globe title. The tournament took place on November 19 to 22. All in all, the Group Tour Championship purse was $2 million, split between the top 70 players.

Cristie Kerr beat out Gerina Piller and Ha Na Jang by just one point for first place. Piller and Jang both tied for second place and  split $280,000 of 2nd and 3rd place price money.

Other players in the top five were Lexi Thompson and Karine Icher. Thompson took home $90,982 and Icher won $73,230.

There were 32 LPGA tournaments in 2015, with total purses of $59 million. The smallest money purse was $1 million for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico City on November 12 to 15. The largest was the U.S. Women’s Open at $4.5 million.

Christie Kerr Top Tourney Earnings 2015

Tournament Date Cristie Kerr Earnings
CME Group Tour Championship 11/19/2015 $500,000
Kia Classic 3/26/2015 $255,000
Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout 4/30/2015 $104,626
Manulife LPGA Classic 6/4/2015 $59,030
RICOH Women’s British Open 7/30/2015 $47,571

CME Group Tour Championship Money

Cristie Kerr CMA Group Tour MoneyCristie Kerr ‘s first place earnings in the 2015 CME Group Tour Championship were $500,000. The win was Kerr’s second of the season and the 18th of her career. Kerr also won the 1st place slot in the Kia Classic on March 26th. Her earnings for that win were $255,000.

Kerr won the Group Tour Championship by one stroke with a final score of 17 under par.

Lydia Ko tied three other golfers for 7th place with a score of 11 under. The 18 year old Ko earned $42,385 for that place, but also took the $1 million dollar full-season prize for the Race to the CME Globe.

The CME Group Tour Championship was the final LGPA tournament of 2015. It was held on November 19 to 22nd in Naples, Florida. The tournament had a purse of $2 million, split between 70 players. Prize money ran from $500,000 for first place to $3,529 for 70th place. Top earners are listed in the table below:

Top Earnings for CME Group Tour Championship 2015

PlaceGolferScoreTo ParPrize Money
1Cristie Kerr271-17$500,000
2 (tied)Gerina Piller272-16$139,869
2 (tied)Ha Na Jang272-16$139,869
4Lexi Thompson274-14$90,982
5Karine Icher275-13$73,230
6Inbee Park276-12$59,915
7 (tied)Sydnee Michaels277-11$42,385
7 (tied)Minjee Lee277-11$42,385
7 (tied)Amy Yang277-11$42,385
7 (tied)Lydia Ko277-11$42,385

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Cristie Kerr Earnings

Cristie Kerr LGPA EarningsCristie Kerr has earned $17.3 million in LGPA money since her rookie year in 1997. The 38 year old Kerr earned $1.3 million in 2015. Kerr has had 18 1st place wins in her career. Two of those were in 2015: $500,000 for the CME Group Tour Championship and $255,000 for the Kia Classic. Kerr finished in the top 10 in 8 tournaments in 2015. Overall, the golfer has had 160 top ten finishes throughout her 18 year career.

Cristie Kerr narrowly missed winning the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout in April. She lost that event by one stroke to 27 year old Inbee Park. Kerr still took home $104,626 for that match.

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Lydia Ko Earnings

Lydia Ko EarningsLydia Ko’s has earned a total of $4.9 million in her two-year LGPA career.

Since the $1 million dollar Race to the CME Globe title was introduced in 2014, Lydia Ko has won it twice. That makes her the only golfer ever to win the title. It also means she’s dominated the league in terms of points for her entire professional career so far.

Ko won despite tying for 7th place in the CME Group Tour Championship. In that contest, Ko finished 6 shots ahead of winner Cristie Kerr. Ko took first place in five tournaments in 2015 and finished in the top 10 in 17 tournaments. She earned a total of $3.8 million for the year.

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