Minjee Lee during the CME Group Tour Championship. Credit: Getty.
Minjee Lee's chances of winning the CME Globe – and the $ US1 million bonus – have effectively evaporated during the LPGA Tour Championship in Florida.
The Perth champion was one of five women who could win the season-long race after having started second week behind the Thai Ariya Jutanugarn.
And while the tournament itself will be a two-man race between the Americans Lexi Thompson (-16) and Nelly Korda (-13), the big prize remains very good for grabbing between four of the five contenders, alas with the exception of Lee.
Lee, who stood for consistency throughout the season, simply could not find enough birds for the second day in a row.
Her 74 left her in three, but her rivals have all been thrown out of the ground and have downgraded her to a share of the fourth on the projections and realistically too far back to the challenge.
Jutanugarn has one hand on the world after a 69 drove her to six, the same total as the Japanese Nasa Hataoka, who finished fourth in the week and stays with that projected finish, now next to Lee.
Canada's Brooke Henderson is now projected into second place after her second consecutive 69 has increased her to five under, while Korean Sung-hyun Park has slipped from fifth to seventh, despite having three years underneath seated.
The great mover of this week has been the popular Korean So Yeon Ryu, who is now projected in third place starting in eighth place, thanks to her nine in total.
Of the other Australians in the tournament, none of whom can win the Globe, Katherine Kirk is best at one under and T27, while Su Oh is square, Hannah Green three for and Sarah Jane Smith six over.