The 2015 CME Group Tour Championship was the fifth CME Group Tour Championship, a women's professional golf tournament and the season-ending event on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. It was played at the Gold Course of Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida.
The CME Group Tour Championship also marked the end of the season-long "Race to the CME Globe" in 2015. Each player's season-long "Race to the CME Globe" points were "reset" before the tournament based on their position in the points list. "Championship points" were awarded to the top 40 players in the CME Group Tour Championship which were added to their "reset points" to determine the overall winner of the "Race to the CME Globe". The event was televised by Golf Channel Thursday through Saturday on a 2-hour delay, and on ESPN Sunday live.
Called the "CME Group Titleholders" for its first three editions, qualification for the tournament changed for 2014. Previously, the top three finishers in each tournament, not previously qualified, earned entry to the tournament. For 2014 the field was determined by a season-long points race, the "Race to the CME Globe". All players making the cut in a tournament earned points, with 500 points going to the winner. The five major championships had a higher points distribution, with 625 points to the winner. Tournaments without a cut awarded points to the top 40 finishers, except for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, where only the top 20 are awarded points.
Only LPGA members are eligible to earn points. The top 72 players on the "Race to the CME Globe" points list gain entry into the CME Group Tour Championship, as well as any tournament winners, whether or not an LPGA member, not in the top 72.
1. Top 72 LPGA members and those tied for 72nd on the "Race to the CME Globe" Points Standings
Baek Kyu-jung (60), Chella Choi (20), Na Yeon Choi (15), Carlota Ciganda (37), Paula Creamer (52), Austin Ernst (27), Shanshan Feng (9), Sandra Gal (33), Julieta Granada (46), Jaye Marie Green (53), Wei-Ling Hsu (50), Charley Hull (58), Karine Icher (39), Jang Ha-na (11), Ji Eun-hee (38), Ariya Jutanugarn (36), Moriya Jutanugarn (64), Danielle Kang (54), Kim Kaufman (41), Cristie Kerr (12), Christina Kim (57), Kim Hyo-joo (10), In-Kyung Kim (66), Kim Sei-young (4), Lydia Ko (1), Jessica Korda (23), Candie Kung (25), Brittany Lang (29), Alison Lee (31), Ilhee Lee (22), Lee Mi-hyang (24), Min Lee (72), Minjee Lee (13), Mirim Lee (18), Stacy Lewis (3), Xi Yu Lin (42), Brittany Lincicome (16), Pernilla Lindberg (45), Mo Martin (47), Caroline Masson (49), Catriona Matthew (61), Sydnee Michaels (65), Ai Miyazato (70), Mika Miyazato (27), Azahara Muñoz (34), Haru Nomura (55), Anna Nordqvist (8), Ryann O'Toole (69), Park Hee-young (48), Inbee Park (2), Jane Park (63), Suzann Pettersen (14), Pornanong Phatlum (32), Gerina Piller (26), Morgan Pressel (17), Beatriz Recari (71), Ryu So-yeon (6), Lizette Salas (35), Alena Sharp (62), Jenny Shin (21), Jennifer Song (68), Angela Stanford (30), Kris Tamulis (44), Lexi Thompson (5), Yani Tseng (19), Mariajo Uribe (51), Karrie Webb (56), Michelle Wie (67), Amy Yang (7), Yoo Sun-young (43)
Lee-Anne Pace (59) and Sakura Yokomine (40) did not play
2. LPGA Members, not otherwise qualified, who won at least one official LPGA tournament during the season
3. Non-members who won at least one official LPGA tournament during the season
Ahn Sun-ju, Chun In-gee – both eligible but did not enter.
Nationalities in the field
Race to the CME Globe
Each player's "Race to the CME Globe" points are "reset" before the tournament based on their position in the "Race to the CME Globe" points list. The leader is given 5,000 points, the player in second place 4,500 down to 10 points for the player in 72nd place.
"Championship points" are awarded to the top 40 players in the CME Group Tour Championship which are added to their "reset points" to determine the overall winner. The winner of the CME Group Tour Championship receives 3,500 points, the second place player 2,400 down to 210 points for the player finishing in 40th place. The effect of the points system is that the top three players in the reset points list prior to the Championship will be guaranteed to win the "Race to the CME Globe" by winning the Championship. The top nine in the reset points list will have a chance of winning the Race depending on the performances of other players.