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Top-tier group of golfers set to compete at the Grant Thornton Invitational in Naples

The 32-player field for the Grant Thornton Invitational, the inaugural mixed-team event set for this December in Naples, is complete. The ultimate 10 teams announced Wednesday are Charley Hull and Justin Rose; Megan Khang and Denny McCarthy; Celine Boutier and Harris English; Andrea Lee and Billy Horschel; Mel Reid and Russell Henley; Cheyenne Knight and Tom Hoge; Madelene Sagstrom and Ludvig Aberg; Allisen Corpuz and Cameron Champ; Ruoning Yin and Nick Taylor; and Leona Maguire and Lucas Glover. These 10 pairings join the six previously committed to finish on the Grant Thornton: Nelly Korda and Tony Finau, Lexi Thompson and Rickie Fowler, Lydia Ko and Jason Day, Rose Zhang and Sahith Theegala, Lilia Vu and Joel Dahmen, and Canadian golfers Corey Conners and Brooke Henderson. The achieved field features 24 of the world’s top 50 ranked PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour golfers and has combined for 141 profession victories, with 25 of those wins occurring this 12 months. There are 11 major champions in the sector, including all five major winners from the 2023 LPGA season.

“Interest from professionals on each tours was incredibly strong, and we’re thrilled with the compelling mixed teams and world-class players heading to Naples this December,” Grant Thornton tournament director Rob Hartman said. “These final 10 teams are comprised of lots of the game’s rising stars, current 12 months LPGA Tour and PGA TOUR winners, and members of each the 2023 Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup teams. Tournament partners, fans, and our global television audience are sure to enjoy an exciting and unique three days of competition.”

The 16 mixed teams, evenly comprised of PGA and LPGA players, will compete for a $4 million purse. The three-day tournament, which can 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. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

Grant Thornton Invitational teams:
Nelly Korda and Tony Finau
Lexi Thompson and Rickie Fowler
Lydia Ko and Jason Day
Rose Zhang and Sahith Theegala
Lilia Vu and Joel Dahmen
Canadian golfers Corey Conners and Brooke Henderson
Charley Hull and Justin Rose
Megan Khang and Denny McCarthy
Celine Boutier and Harris English
Andrea Lee and Billy Horschel
Mel Reid and Russell Henley
Cheyenne Knight and Tom Hoge
Madelene Sagstrom and Ludvig Aberg
Allisen Corpuz and Cameron Champ
Ruoning Yin and Nick Taylor
Leona Maguire and Lucas Glover

Nelly Korda, 25, has eight profession victories, and Tony Finau, 34, has six. Finau won twice this season, and Korda has seven top 10 finishes thus far. Korda is one in every of 12 LPGA Tour players in the sector who competed on this 12 months’s Solheim Cup.

Lexi Thompson, 28, and Rickie Fowler, 34, have a combined 17 titles as professionals. Thompson is an 11-time LPGA Tour winner, two-time Olympian, and has played on six U.S. Solheim Cup teams. Fowler has five Ryder Cup appearances and played within the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Lilia Vu, 26, is a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour, with all three, including two major victories, coming this season. She is currently No. 1 on this planet and appeared within the Solheim Cup this 12 months. Joel Dahmen, 35, has won once on the PGA TOUR and notched five of his 22 profession top-10 finishes this season.

This Canadian team has a combined 15 profession victories and represented Team Canada on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Brooke Henderson, 26, is a two-time major champion, and Corey Conners, 31, has won the Valero Texas Open for his two profession titles. This team has a complete of seven top-10 finishes this 12 months, two of which were victories.

Rose Zhang, age 20, and Sahith Theegala, 25, are the youngest team in the sector. Each earned their first profession victories this season. Together with those wins got here a combined 11 top-10 finishes, with Theegala recording five. Zhang, who attended Stanford University, also won her second NCAA individual title this 12 months.

Each of those former World No. 1 players has essentially the most individual profession titles in the sector. The 26-year-old Ko, a Latest Zealand native, has 19 profession victories, including two majors, while the Australian Day, 35, has won 13 times, including one major. Day has eight top-10 finishes this season.

Hull, 27, and Rose, 43, each represented England on Europe’s victorious Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup teams this September. It was each golfer’s sixth appearance on these teams. Each were also on England’s Olympic team in 2016 with Rose capturing the gold medal. They’ve combined for 143 top-10 finishes during their careers.

Khang, 25, earned her first profession victory this 12 months, while McCarthy, 30, got here up just short, falling in a playoff in May. Combined, they’ve 57 top-10 finishes of their respective careers, with seven of McCarthy’s 22 top-10 finishes coming this season, while five of Khang’s 35 top-10 finishes were recorded this season.

Boutier, 29, has won five times, including a significant championship, on the LPGA Tour, and English, 34, has won 4 times on the PGA TOUR. Boutier earned three of her profession wins plus seven top-10 finishes this season and currently leads the race to CME Globe standings. Harris has five top-10 finishes this season and knows the Tiburón layout well, having won the QBE Shootout 3 times there.

Lee, 25, and Horschel, 36, have a combined eight wins during their careers. Lee played in her first Solheim Cup this 12 months, and Horschel played in his first-ever skilled team event last 12 months on the Presidents Cup. Each player has recorded three top-10 finishes this season.

Reid, 36, and Henley, 34, have a combined five profession victories on their respective tours. Reid has been a member of 4 European Solheim Cup teams during her profession. Together, they’ve six top-10 finishes this 12 months, with Henley earning one victory.

Knight, 26, won her second profession title this season and in addition played within the Solheim Cup. Hoge, 34, won his first tournament last 12 months and followed that up with a win on the 2022 QBE Shootout alongside Theegala last December. This team has nine top-10 finishes this season.

Each Swedish golfers were on the winning teams within the Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup in September. While Sagstrom, 30, was making her third appearance for Team Europe, Aberg, 23, was a rookie, having turned skilled just three months prior. Aberg won the Omega European Masters and lost in a playoff recently on the PGA TOUR, earning his second top-10 finish.

Corpuz, 30, and Champ, 28, have a combined 4 profession victories. The primary of Champ’s three PGA wins got here in 2019, while Corpuz won for the primary time at this season’s U.S. Women’s Open. Corpuz was also a member of this 12 months’s U.S. team at her first Solheim Cup and went 2-0-0 with Nelly Korda in foursomes.

Yin, 21, from China, and Taylor, 35, from Canada, have a combined five profession wins, with three coming this 12 months. Yin won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship for her first major championship, and Taylor won his country’s national championship on the Canadian Open, becoming the primary Canadian in 69 years to achieve this.

Ireland’s Maguire, 28, has two profession victories, including one this season. She also was on the victorious Solheim Cup team in September in her second appearance for Europe. Glover, 43, experienced a resurgence late this summer with back-to-back wins on the PGA TOUR. He has six profession wins, including a U.S. Open.


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