Canadians Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp have both qualified to play in the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla. this weekend.
This event is new for the 2019 season and only golfers in the top 60 in the Race to CME Globe points list heading into the LPGA’s season-ending event will qualify and all 60 have a chance at winning. Previously, it was the top 72 who qualified, and only the top 12 players had a chance at winning.
Henderson, still searching for a first-place finish on the Race to CME Globe points list, finished at No. 2 while Sharp finished at No. 46.
This year, there is more at stake at the CME Group Tour Championship with the winner walking away with $1.5 million from a $5 million purse. It is the largest first-place prize money in the history of women’s golf.
Henderson, only 22-years-old, is coming off another stellar season on the LPGA Tour. She won both the LOTTE Championship and the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, marking her fourth-consecutive season with two wins and her fifth-consecutive season with at least one win.
Her second victory this season, and ninth in her career, at the Meijer LPGA Classic made history by breaking the previous record for most LPGA or PGA Tour wins by a Canadian.
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Unsurprisingly, Henderson also won the award for Best Female Golfer at the 2019 ESPY’s.
While Henderson will head into the CME Group Tour Championship with a great season behind her, South Korea’s Jin Young Ko will be tough to beat.
Ko won four events on the LPGA Tour this season as well as winning the LPGA Tour’s 2019 Rolex Player of the Year award. She also has the highest scoring average at 69.052.
Henderson will tee off alongside Ko and Minjee Lee at 11:18 a.m. EST on Thursday, while Sharp will tee off with Jennifer Kupcho and Annie Park at 8:18 a.m. EST.