CME Group Tour Championship: 18 players to watch in Naples

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It’s all come down to this. The last tournament of the LPGA tour season is this week at Tiburon Golf Course. The CME Group Tour Championship is loaded with star power, including last week’s winner of the Pelican Women’s Championship and World No. 1, Nelly Korda.

Lexi Thompson, who fell short down the stretch at the Pelican and is surely looking to bounce back, is also in the field.

The winner of the CME Group Tour Championship will be walking away with $1.5 million, the largest prize in the history of women’s golf.

Tiburon will play as a par 72 throughout the week, measuring in at 6,556 yards.

Here are 18 players in the field to keep your eye on.

Jin Young Ko

BMW Ladies Championship - Round One
BMW Ladies Championship - Round One

Jin Young Ko of South Korea tees off on the fifth hole during the first round of the BMW Ladies Championship at LPGA International Busan on October 21, 2021 in Busan, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Age: 26
Home country: South Korea
Resides: Seoul, South Korea
LPGA Career Victories: 11
Race to CME Globe: 1

Nelly Korda

Nelly Korda
Nelly Korda

Nelly Korda poses with the trophy after winning the Pelican Women’s Championship in a playoff at Pelican Golf Club on November 14, 2021 in Belleair, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Age: 23
Home country: U.S.
Resides: Bradenton
LPGA Career Victories: 7
Race to CME Globe: 2

Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko, LPGA
Lydia Ko, LPGA

Age: 24
Home country: New Zealand
Resides: Orlando
LPGA Career Victories: 16
Race to CME Globe: 3

Patty Tavatanakit

Patty Tavatanakit waves after putting out on the 10th green during the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament at The Olympic Club. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Age: 22
Home country: Thailand
Resides: U.S.
LPGA Career Victories: 1
Race to CME Globe: 4

Inbee Park

Inbee Park plays her shot from the second tee during the first round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship golf tournament at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Age: 33
Home country: South Korea
Resides: Las Vegas
LPGA Career Victories: 21
Race to CME Globe: 5

Ariya Jutanugarn

The Amundi Evian Championship - Day Four
The Amundi Evian Championship - Day Four

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand plays her shot from the first tee during day four of the The Amundi Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club on July 25, 2021 in Evian-les-Bains, France. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Age: 25
Home country: Thailand
Resides: Bangkok, Thailand
LPGA Career Victories: 12
Race to CME Globe: 6

Lexi Thompson

AIG Women's British Open
AIG Women's British Open

Lexi Thompson and her caddie on the first tee during the first round of the AIG Women’s British Open at Carnoustie Golf Links on August 19, 2021 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Age: 26
Home country: U.S.
Resides: Coral Springs
LPGA Career Victories: 11
Race to CME Globe: 7

Brooke Henderson

AIG Women's Open
AIG Women's Open

Brooke Henderson of Canada tees off on the 9th hole during the pro-am prior to the AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie Golf Links on August 18, 2021 in Carnoustie, Scotland. Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Age: 24
Home country: Canada
Resides: Smiths Falls, Ontario/Miromar Lakes
LPGA Career Victories: 10
Race to CME Globe: 8

Minjee Lee

AIG Women's Open - Day Three
AIG Women's Open - Day Three

Minjee Lee of Australia waves at the 18th hole during Day Three of the AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie Golf Links on August 21, 2021 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Age: 25
Home country: Australia
Resides: Perth, Australia
LPGA Career Victories: 6
Race to CME Globe: 9

Nasa Hataoka

Nasa Hataoka
Nasa Hataoka

Nasa Hataoka hits her tee shot on the second hole during the second round of the Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio on July 09, 2021 in Sylvania, Ohio. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Age: 22
Home country: Japan
Resides: Japan
LPGA Career Victories: 5
Race to CME Globe: 10

Sei Young Kim

Sei Young Kim
Sei Young Kim

Sei Young Kim tees off at one during the third round of the CME Group Tour Championship, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, at the Tiburon Golf Club in North Naples, Florida.

Age: 28
Home country: South Korea
Resides: South Korea
LPGA Career Victories: 12
Race to CME Globe: 11

Danielle Kang

Solheim Cup
Solheim Cup

Danielle Kang of Team USA reacts during competition rounds of the Solheim Cup golf tournament at Inverness Club. (Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

Age: 29
Home country: U.S.
Resides: Las Vegas
LPGA Career Victories: 5
Race to CME Globe: 12

Jessica Korda

Olympic women's golf, Tokyo 2021
Olympic women's golf, Tokyo 2021

Jessica Korda (USA) tees of on the ninth hole during the first round of the women’s individual stroke play of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Kasumigaseki Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

Age: 28
Home country: U.S.
Resides: Bradenton
LPGA Career Victories: 6
Race to CME Globe: 13

Moriya Jutanugarn

Moriya Jutanugarn
Moriya Jutanugarn

Moriya Jutanugarn tees off at the tenth hole during the first round of the LPGA’s 2021 Hugel-Air Premia LA Open tournament at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles. (Photo: Ashley Landis/Associated Press)

Age: 27
Home country: Thailand
Resides: Thailand
LPGA Career Victories: 2
Race to CME Globe: 14

Jeongeun Lee6

Jeongeun Lee6 of Korea lines up a shot during day three of the The Amundi Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club on July 24, 2021 in Evian-les-Bains, France. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Age: 25
Home country: South Korea
Resides: South Korea
LPGA Career Victories: 1
Race to CME Globe: 15

Yuka Saso

Yuka Saso
Yuka Saso

Yuka Saso hoists the US Open trophy after winning in a sudden death playoff following the final round of the U.S. Women’s Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Photo by Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Age: 20
Home country: Philippines
Resides: Philippines
LPGA Career Victories: 1
Race to CME Globe: 16

Leona Maguire

Leona Maguire
Leona Maguire

Leona Maguire reads a putt on the third green during round two of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give at Blythefield Country Club on June 17, 2021 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Age: 26
Home country: Ireland
Resides: Ireland
LPGA Career Victories: 0
Race to CME Globe: 17

Celine Boutier

Olympic women's golf, Tokyo 2021
Olympic women's golf, Tokyo 2021

Celine Boutier (FRA) tees off on the ninth hole during the first round of the women’s individual stroke play of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Kasumigaseki Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

Age: 28
Home country: France
Resides: France/Dallas
LPGA Career Victories: 2
Race to CME Globe: 18

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