NAPLES — Lexi Thompson never had a putt so short that was potentially worth so much.
She had a one-shot lead when she settled over a 2-foot par putt on the final hole Sunday at the Tour Championship. A victory would be worth $500,000 in prize money and a $1 million bonus. She would win LPGA player of the year and the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average.
She would rise to No. 1 in the world.
Moments later, Ariya Jutanugarn capped her birdie-birdie finish with an 18-foot putt to win the tournament and deny Thompson three of those perks.
"I don't really know what happened there," Thompson said. "It just happens. I guess it's golf. I guess we all go through situations we don't like sometimes."
Jutanugarn birdied four of her last six holes for 5-under 67, finishing at 15-under 273 to win the season-ending tournament and the $500,000 first prize.
Thompson, who closed with 67, still won the CME Race to the Globe and the $1 million bonus, along with the Vare Trophy. The points-based player of the year honor was a tie between two South Koreans, So Yeon Ryu and rookie Sung Hyun Park.
PGA EUROPE: Tommy Fleetwood won the Race to Dubai after a tense battle with Justin Rose that was decided on the final green of the season at the Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Rose, the overnight leader, shot 2-under 70 to finish tied for fourth at 17-under 271 with three others. Fleetwood shot 74 and finished at 11 under. Tournament winner Jon Rahm shot 67 to finish at 19 under.
PGA: Rookie Austin Cook won the RSM Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga., closing with two birdies for 3-under 67 and a four-shot victory. Cook finished at 21-under 261 to earn a spot in the Masters. Runner-up J.J. Spaun closed with 66.