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Grant Thornton Invitational in Naples to feature partnership between Jason Day and Lydia Ko in December

Jason Day and Lydia Ko are the most recent team committed to play within the Grant Thornton Invitational, which is able to debut in December as a part of the Challenge Season.

The event, which replaces the QBE Shootout, will feature a 32-player field of 16 PGA Tour and 16 LPGA players competing for a $4 million purse. The three-day tournament, which is able to consist of three distinct playing formats in scramble, foursome and modified four-ball, is ready for Dec. 8-10 at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples and might be televised by NBC and Golf Channel.

The 35-year-old Day, a native of Australia, is a 13-time winner on the PGA TOUR. In the course of the 2022-23 season, Day carded eight Top 10 finishes in 24 events, including a one-stroke victory in last May’s AT&T Byron Nelson. He and partner Billy Horschel also finished tied for tenth place in last 12 months’s QBE Shootout.

Jason Day (AUS) hits the ball during the final round of the 2021 QBE Shootout, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, at Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla.

Ko, a 26-year-old Latest Zealand native, has 19 profession LPGA Tour victories. including a two-shot win last November on the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon. She also won the CME in 2014. Ko recorded 14 top-10 finishes in 2022.

Lydia Ko lines up her putt on the 18th hole during the final round of 2022 CME Group Tour Golf Championship at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.  (Chris Tilley)

Day and Ko are the fifth team pairing announced for the Grant Thornton Invitational, joining Nelly Korda and Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson, Sahith Theegala and Rose Zhang, and Canadian golfers Corey Conners and Brooke Henderson.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit grantthorntoninvitational.com.

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