New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko ended a big year on the
Ko won the $1-million bonus from the “Race to CME Globe” on Sunday even before she began a three-way playoff. The 17-year-old added $500,000 when she defeated Carlota Ciganda of Spain on the fourth extra hole of the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla.
Ciganda missed a three-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole in regulation that would have given her the lead. She missed a five-foot birdie putt on No. 18 on the third playoff hole. On her next try, she pulled her approach into a hazard and made bogey.
Ko played the 18th hole five times on Sunday and made par each time. The last par was worth $1.5 million.
Stenson shot a final round two-under 70 to win by two strokes with an overall 16-under 272 on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Three of Stenson's teammates on Europe's victorious
It was the first time Stenson has successfully defended a title and guaranteed that the 38-year-old Swede finishes second to McIlroy in the European Tour Race to Dubai.
Australian left-hander Nick Cullen shot a three-under 69 to win the Australian
Cullen, who had a four-round total of nine-under 279, saved par on the 18th after hitting his bunker shot to within a foot.
Scott, who trailed by four strokes after three rounds, shot 68 Sunday and finished tied for second with two other Australians. Scott's 60-foot putt for birdie on the 18th hole curled out and he held the clubhouse lead for about an hour until Cullen finished his round at Metropolitan Golf Club.
"We had a great read on the final putt, and I couldn't believe it didn't go in," Scott said. "After all the putts that didn't drop this week, I really needed that one."
An eagle at the par-5 fourth and back-to-back birdies at Nos. 11 and 12 helped Cullen clinch the win.
James Nitties and Josh Younger were tied for second with Scott.
Second-ranked Scott now heads to Sydney for an