LPGA RETURNS TO THE U.S. FOR BANK OF HOPE FOUNDERS CUP
The LPGA Tour returns to Phoenix this week for the ninth edition of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, which celebrates the 13 Founding Members of the LPGA Tour. The Bank of Hope Founders Cup kicks off a stretch of 15 consecutive tournaments in the United States.
Seven of the top 10 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings are competing this week: Sung Hyun Park, Ariya Jutanugarn, Minjee Lee, Inbee Park, Nelly Korda, Jin Young Ko and Brooke Henderson.
Defending champion Inbee Park returns to Arizona looking to successfully defend her title and pick up her 20th LPGA Tour title and first win on Tour since capturing the Bank of Hope Founders Cup title last season.
“This tournament was made for a reason, and obviously seeing the Founders at the end of the 18th green is very meaningful all the time,” Park said on Tuesday in Phoenix. “Especially having a good week. We just realize that we are here because of the Founders. It's great that we get an opportunity like this tournament to give the thanks back to them.”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BANK OF HOPE FOUNDERS CUP
This is the ninth playing of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, with its inaugural year in 2011 at the Wildfire Golf Club as the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. From 2014-2017, the tournament was played as the JTBC Founders Cup.
The tournament’s lowest score is 61, shot by Anna Nordqvist in the third round in 2017.
Karrie Webb is the only LPGA player to win multiple Founders Cup titles (2011, 2014).
Players from the Republic of Korea have the most Founders Cup victories with three (2018, 2016 and 2015).
Sei Young Kim shot a 27-under 261 through 72 holes in 2016, an overall tournament record.
RACE TO THE CME GLOBE UPDATE
Heading into the sixth week of the 2019 Race to the GME Globe, 2019 winner Nelly Korda holds a commanding lead in the standings with 855 points. Korda’s fellow 2019 winner Eun-Hee Ji is in second with 700 points, while Minjee Lee sits in third with 683 points, followed by 2019 winners Celine Boutier (597) and Amy Yang (576).
The 2019 season brings a fresh face to the Race to the CME Globe. LPGA Members will accumulate points at each official LPGA Tour event leading up to the CME Group Tour Championship. The top 60 points earners and ties will then earn a spot in the CME Group Tour Championship, with the entire field competing for the $5 million purse and the $1.5 million winner’s check, the largest single prize in the history of women’s golf.