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Golf Australia Express : May 2014
the inaugural Race to the CME Globe LET THE RACE... BEGIN S OMETIMES it’s good to be early. Just not if you’re Inbee Park. If the world No.1 mirrored her 2013 season this year, she’d need a bigger suitcase to carry home an extra $1 million in addition to all that other prizemoney. But last year the golf gods hadn’t dreamed up the Race to the CME Globe and thrown up that $1 million carrot. So Park misses out. But this year, ladies, make room in your purses. There’s cash — big cash — on offer for any player who brings her A-game relatively consistently throughout the year, and then at the end when it counts. If you’ve heard about the Race to the CME Globe and reckon it sounds a lot like the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai the boys so desperately want to win, it’s because it’s exactly like the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai the boys so desperately want to win. There’s just a little less gold at the end of the rainbow, with the payday on offer dwarfed by the $10 million Tiger Woods and Co. have received for claiming the FedEx Cup. The world No.1 men’s golfer has collected about $25 million in bonuses since the Cup was introduced in 2007 (because the opportunity to win more money was exactly what he needed). What there is for the ladies are points awarded for every LPGA event throughout the season, with 500 dished out to the winner and a slightly fewer for every lower place above the cut line, or for the top 40 players at non-cut tournaments. Add a few extra points at the five majors and you’ve got yourself a competition – one that’ll make someone comfortably rich on Words by Adrian Ballantyne the tour