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‘Extremely disappointed’ – Major LPGA sponsor questions tour leadership

The CEO of CME Group, one of the LPGA’s biggest sponsors, has denounced Tour management as they head for a record paydaycalling himself “extremely disappointed” after no player showed up for a company-sponsored dinner.

Since 2011, the LPGA’s season-closing event has been sponsored by the CME Group, and this week its CEO Terry Duffy will provide the tournament with its biggest check in women’s football history. A colossal amount of 2 million dollars.

The tournament’s overall purse is $7 million, the largest outside of the LPGA Tour majors. It’s also an even bigger purse than two of the five majors, with the player who finishes their week in last place receiving $40,000, a similar amount to the player who finished in 10th place last week.

Terry Duffy presents Jin Young Ko with a check for $1.5 million at the CME Tour Group Championship

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At CME’s conference last week there were a number of invited players and during the event Duffy requested that the house lights be turned on so the tournament players could be applauded. However, upon inspection, there was not a single LPGA player standing as none had shown up.

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