Atthaya Thitikul and Minjee Lee have plenty to lose as the LPGA season winds down. They also have a few seven-figure checks. They are currently at the top of the Aon Risk Reward Challenge standings, in addition to the CME Tour Championship’s $2 million winner’s check.
Both players are present at the Toto Japan Classic this week. The challenge hole at Seta Golf Course’s par-5 13th is at 476 yards. According to Aon insights, 27% of the field will reach the green from the fairway.
The $1 million prize for the season-long race winner is Lee. Lee earned $1,800,000. when she won the U.S. Women’s Open. This season, 22 players have earned more than $1 million.
Each hole of the Aon Risk Reward Challenge is scored by two players. The winner will have the highest average score to par at end of regular season. There are only two events left before the winner is determined. Pelican LPGA Champion, Nov. 10-13 will not feature Lee or Thitikul, so this is their last chance to compete.
Lee holds the lead, with an average score of par for the season of -0.912. Thitikul recently moved up to No. Thitikul is currently at -0.891.
Lee would have to record two birdies this week to bring her season-long average to -0.917. Thitikul will need to record an eagle as well as a birdie in order to tie her score.
Lee will score -0.899 if she makes a par or birdie on the hole.
Lee could make an eagle and a birdie, which would almost guarantee her victory.
Thitikul could be in first place with a pair if eagles. If she records two birdies, a birdie or an eagle would bring her to -0.917.
Xiyu Lin, China’s Xiyu Lin, is not present in Japan. To have a chance, she will need at least one, possibly two, eagles at the Pelican next Wednesday.
Thitikul is tied with Lee for 12th place on the LPGA’s par-5 scoring team at 4.62. Lin is second, at 4.56, behind Jennifer Kupcho (4.54)
Hannah Green and Carlota Ciganda were previous winners of the Aon. Scottie Scheffler won Aon Risk Reward Challenge, on the PGA Tour, and the $1,000,000 prize a year back.