The relentlessly consistent Lexi Thompson (68-67-69-69) won the KEB Hana Championship in South Korea over the weekend. But Lydia Ko (see below) has the lead in the Race to the CME Globe as LPGA pros near the home stretch of the season points championship.
Thompson helped herself, but maybe not enough, as she bumped up a notch to No. 4 in the Race.
Ko is so not silly
They used to call it the “Silly Season,” those autumn months when the PGA Tour opened its purses in balmy locales to players and events that, however lucrative, didn’t count for much.
You could still call it the Silly Season, when you look at the field in this post-major, post-FedEx stretch of tournaments, beginning this week with the Frys.com Open. But wait … McIlroy is in it? There are other major winners sprinkled in, too, and the winner’s share, if not top dollar, is anything but silly — $1.08 million. These days, the Frys is the official opening event of the 2015-16 tour season, and there are FedEx Cup points to be had.
Brendan Steele has a two-shot lead heading to the weekend after opening rounds of 63 and 70.
The LPGA is looking silly right now — as in ridiculously good. Sung Hyung Park shot an opening-round 62 at the Keb Hana Bank Championship in her native South Korea, the low round of the 2015 LPGA season. She ballooned a little in Round 2 with a 74, but she sits just two shots back of leader Lydia Ko (65-69) at the turn to the weekend.
They’re still counting points on the women’s top tour — still playing for something. Ko, No. 2 in the world, leads the season-long Race to the CME Globe standings with 4,183 points, ahead of Inbee Park at 3,188 and Stacy Lewis at 3,073. It’s silly, really completely ludicrous, how good Lydia Ko is at age 18.