Making Moves: Nelly Korda Maintains Lead in Season-Long Races

Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings No. 1 Nelly Korda is the undisputed leader in the Race to the CME Globe and Rolex Player of the Year standings, and the two-time major champion is set to further solidify that position at the upcoming Amundi Evian Championship. She currently holds a significant lead in both races, with a commanding 1,747-point lead in the Race to the CME Globe and a 142-point lead in the Rolex Player of the Year race.

The Chevron Championship winner is also tied for first with Yuka Saso and Amy Yang in the Rolex ANNIKA Major Award standings and is sixth in the season-long Aon Risk Reward Challenge leaderboard with a -0.850 average to par. Epson Tour graduate Auston Kim holds the No.1 spot with an average score to par of -1.000.

With the win and Thitikul’s four additional top-10 results this season, the Thailand native moved from No. 32 to No. 11 in the rankings, also jumping to 11th on the Official Money List with $1,109,289 earned this season.

Thitikul’s playing partner Yin also moved up in the Race to the CME Globe standings, jumping from No. 30 to No. 8 after Jin & Ronic’s victory at Midland Country Club.

So far this year, the 2023 KPMG Women’s PGA champion has finished in T24 or better in each of the previous three majors. With a tie for 23rd in April at The Chevron Championship, a tie for 12th at the U.S. Women’s Open presented by Ally in May and a tie for 24th in her title defense at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June, it feels like the People’s Republic of China native could be in prime position to pick up her second major title in only her third season on the LPGA Tour with just two majors remaining in 2024.

Kathleen Scavo In the Mix in Epson Tour’s Race for the Card After Win
As the Epson Tour wrapped up the Dream First Bank Charity Classic in Garden City, Kan., the unpredictability of the Race for the Card became even more apparent. With 15 LPGA Tour cards up for grabs for the 2025 season, the competition is fierce, and though little has changed in the top 15, the remaining eight events promise to keep the Race for the Card an exciting and unpredictable journey.

After tying for seventh last week, Australian Cassie Porter continues to gain ground on Fiona Xu in the Race for the Card standings. The Aussie has one win at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship and two additional top-10 finishes, currently sitting at second in the standings with 909.598 points, only 122 points behind leader Xu.

Brooke Matthews continues to close in on the top spot after another outstanding performance at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course. While the 25-year-old has yet to win this season, she already has four top-eight finishes this year, three of which have come in the last four events. The most recent of those results – her tie for seventh in Garden City, Kan. – moved her from No. 11 to No. 7 in the race standings with 794.882 points.

There was little change in the top 15 after last week, and behind Xu are 2024 Epson Tour champions Porter, Madison Young, Soo Bin Joo, Briana Chacon, Juliana Hung, Valery Plata and Jessica Peng, who earned their spots in the top 15 with their Epson Tour victories.

American Kathleen Scavo collected her first Epson Tour win at last week’s Dream First Bank Charity Classic, a victory that seemingly came at the perfect time. In 11 starts this season, she has only made four cuts, and her best result was a tie for 28th before she won in Kansas, a performance that saw her leap from No. 122 to No. 18 in the Race for the Card standings with 537.433 points.

The 26-year-old had doubts about how she was playing, and while she needs to continue working on her game, Scavo can now focus on earning one of the top 15 spots in the Race for the Card as the season passes its midway point.

“They say your journey is a marathon, not a sprint,” said Scavo about her difficult start to the season. “Eventually, I was able to get over the hump and play golf that I know that I could play.”

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