Lexi wins Tour Championship, Ariya claims $1M bonus

Lexi Thompson shot a 2-under-par 70 to clinch the LPGA season finale at the CME Group Tour Championship on Sunday afternoon in Naples, Fla.

Meanwhile, Ariya Jutanugarn secured a $1 million bonus for winning the Race to the CME Globe prize as the season’s top finisher. She also won the Vare Trophy, which is the LPGA Tour’s season scoring title.

Thompson finished the tournament at 18-under-par 270 to collect her 10th career victory. The Coral Springs, Fla., native earned $500,000 for the win to boost her season earnings past $1.2 million.

The 23-year-old has won at least one tournament every year from 2013 to 2018. The six-year run is the longest active winning streak on the LPGA Tour.

“It’s very gratifying,” Thompson said to reporters after the win in comments posted by LPGA’s official website. “This is such a special event for me in general, growing up in Florida. … It was just very gratifying.”

Jutanugarn also had reason to celebrate. She shot a 6-under-par 66 in the final round to finish the tournament at 12-under-par 276.

That was good enough for the $1 million prize. The 22-year-old from Thailand is ranked No. 1 in the world and had three titles and 16 top-10 finishes in 2018.

“It felt great today,” Jutanugarn said to reporters. “I”m very proud of myself. …

“It means so much to me because to be honest, after 2016, I never expected anything. I feel like I’ve achieved like too much already in my life, so I never think I can do anything more than that. … So this year, … just like unbelievable.”

Nelly Korda shot a 1-under-par 71 and finished in second place at 14-under-par 274 for the tournament. Brittany Lincicome and So Yeon Ryu finished tied for third place, one stroke behind Korda.

Jutanugarn, Lydia Ko, Marina Alex and Carlota Ciganda each finished tied for fifth at 12-under-par 276.

Nasa Hataoka finished in ninth place at 10-under-par 278. A three-way tie for 10th place included Brooke Henderson, Amy Olson and Sei Young Kim at 9-under-par 279.

–Field Level Media

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