Charley Hull of England out-dueled South Korean So Yeon Ryu at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., on Sunday to win the CME Group Tour Championship, the first victory of her LPGA career.
In the tournament within a tournament, the season-long Race To CME Globe, Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn prevailed over Lydia Ko to win the $1 million bonus, while also winning the Rolex Player of the Year Award.
Hull and Ryu were tied coming to the par-5 17th hole where the tournament effectively ended. Ryu’s second shot came up short and against the face of a bunker, requiring she come out sideways. It led to a bogey, while Hull got up and down for birdie from behind the green.
“I was pretty calm,” Hull said. “When I’m on the golf course I’m trying not to think about golf and that’s what I just did today. It kind of made me not think I was leading the golf tournament.”
Hull, 20, played a flawless final round of six-under par 66 and completed 72 holes in 19-under par 269, two strokes ahead of Ryu, who shot 67.
The victory was worth $500,000 to Hull, pushing her earnings for the year to $1,114,295.
In one final race, In Gee Chun of South Korea birdied the last hole to wrest from Ko the Vare Trophy, awarded the player with the lowest scoring average.