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Su Oh Skips LPGA Tour Season Finale

Su Oh a surprise omission for the season ender (Photo: Henry Peters )
Victorian Su Oh is a surprise absentee at this week's LPGA Tour season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Florida.

The 21-year-old has elected to skip the US$2.5 million event despite being eligible to compete as the 46th ranked player on the Race to the CME Globe standings.

The season finale at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples is the richest event on the 34-event season schedule outside the five major championships.

Oh has played six LPGA events in the last seven weeks, which suggests it may be that she is taking some time off rather than travelling to the other side of the US for a one-off event despite its significance. 

Three other Australians are included in the field; Minjee Lee in 15th position on the Race to the CME Globe table, Katherine Kirk in 34th position and Sarah-Jane Smith 41st.

For Smith, 2017 already represents her best season ever on the LPGA Tour and another good week here would further consolidate her continued improvement since working with coach Sean Foley for close to two years.

England’s Charley Hull will defend the title she perhaps surprisingly won by two shots over So Yeon Ryu 12 months ago with Cristie Kerr, Lydia Ko and Shanshan Feng other recent winners.

Hull’s win, which came in her second season as an LPGA Tour cardholder, was her first on the LPGA Tour and she chose a great week for the breakthrough as she secured a winner's cheque for US$500,000.

The 21-year-old has continued to play well in 2017, although to date her earnings in 2017 are still some US$100,000 short of her first-place cheque last year.

The field consists of the leading 72 players on the Race to the CME Globe standings, Lexi Thompson heading that re-set list ahead of Rookie of the Year, Sung Hyun Park, although three other players would take the US$1 million bonus with a victory.

Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu and Brooke Henderson are those other three.

The players ranked from 6th – 12th in the points breakdown ahead of this week will need to rely on the efforts of others if they are to win the overall Race to the Globe bonus.


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