Notable players missing from this week’s CME Group Tour Championship field

This week’s CME Group Tour Championship brings nine new players to the field, but there’s buzz around some big names who didn’t make it to Naples, Florida for the tournament. Throughout the season, players earn points towards the Race to CME Globe, which determines not only who gets to play at Tiburon Golf Club, but also what kind of status they’ll have for the next season. Those who rank in the top 60 players plus ties after The Annika driven by Gainbridge event secure a spot in the Tour Championship, where they’ll compete for a $7 million purse and a $2 million payout to the winner. Here’s a list of notable players whose seasons have ended early:

70. Emily Kristine Pedersen
Holding the 54-hole lead at The Annika last week, Pedersen couldn’t secure a spot at the season-ender.

75. In Gee Chun
Admittedly, another top player who has not been able to make it to the season-ender.

76. Maria Fassi
Despite what seemed like a promising late season charge after a T-8 in Japan, Fassi’s season came to an early end.

79. Lexi Thompson
Thompson missed out after a challenging first half of 2023, despite her three top-10 finishes towards the end of the season.

82. Moriya Jutanugarn
An atypically lackluster year for the elder Jutanugarn sister, with just one top-10 finish all season.

83. Hinako Shibuno
Three missed cuts midseason sent the “Smiling Cinderella” in a bad direction.

86. Stacy Lewis
The season proved too challenging for Lewis to balance Solheim Cup captaincy with her own game.

90. Marina Alex
Six consecutive missed cuts towards the end of the season proved too much to overcome for Alex.

100. Lydia Ko


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