Sei Young Kim opens with 2-shot lead

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Sei Young Kim made a 12-foot eagle putt on the 17th hole to pull away from the pack with a 7-under 65 for a two-shot lead Thursday after the opening round of the season-ending CME Globe Tour Championship.

At stake is the richest prize ever in women's golf, with $1.5 million going to the winner, regardless of her position in the Race to CME Globe standings.

Kim, already a two-time winner on the LPGA this year, was bogey-free on a pleasant, breezy Tiburon Golf Club.

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Money Leaders: LPGA Tour
Rank Player Earnings
1 Jin Young Ko $2,714,281
2 Jeongeun Lee $1,992,490
3 Sung Hyun Park $1,529,905
4 Brooke Henderson $1,519,447
5 Minjee Lee $1,508,761
6 Lexi Thompson $1,417,609
7 Nelly Korda $1,395,909
8 Sei Young Kim $1,253,099
9 Hyo Joo Kim $1,252,555
10 Danielle Kang $1,241,806
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