QBE Shootout to include two LPGA players for the first time in history
Nelly Korda and Lexi Thompson are set to compete in next month's QBE Shootout, making it the first time two LPGA players will play in the 24-player event.
The QBE Shootout announced its field for the two-person team event held December 7-11 at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., and for the first time in the 22-year history of the event, the field will feature two players from the LPGA—World No. 4 Nelly Korda and World No. 7 Lexi Thompson. Thompson has competed five times in the last seven years and this will be Korda’s first appearance.
This year’s 24-player field will also feature six of the top 30 and 10 of the top 50 ranked men’s players in the world including Billy Horschel, PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Cameron Young, new father Max Homa, Sepp Straka, Kevin Kisner, Corey Conners, Tom Hoge, K.H. Lee, Brian Harman and Harris English.
Seven players competing for the $3.8 million purse combined for nine victories during the 2021-22 season and the fall events of 2022-23 season. Homa won three times during that stretch, including successfully defending his Fortinet Championship title in September.
Steve Stricker, Charley Hoffman, Ryan Palmer, Matt Kuchar and Jason Day are playing and all are previous veterans of the event. Newcomers include Denny McCarthy, Maverick McNealy, Keith Mitchell, Scott Stallings and Sahith Theegala.
Kevin Na and Jason Kokrak won last year’s event, but both players are LIV Golf members and not eligible to defend their titles.
The QBE Shootout will once again feature a scramble format during the first round, a modified alternate shot format during Saturday’s second round and a final-round better ball on Sunday.