Tony Finau & Nelly Korda take opening lead in Florida

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December 9, 2023
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Grant Thornton ambassadors Tony Finau and Nelly Korda birdied the final hole to take a one-stroke lead at 16-under at the inaugural event in Florida. They notched 14 birdies and an eagle at the par-5 17th.

“It was fantastic,” said Finau. “We had a lot of fun and hit a lot of great shots. I watched a lot of great shots, a lot of great putts.”

The Grant Thornton Invitational is a first-year PGA TOUR Challenge Season event (unofficial) and the first mixed-team co-sanctioned event between the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour since John Daly and Laura Davies won the final JCPenney Classic in 1999.

Lucas Glover and Leona Maguire posted 13 birdies, including 10 consecutive birdies to start the round, and an eagle at the par-4 13th hole for a share of second place at 15-under alongside Denny McCarthy and Megan Khang.

Sahith Theegala and Rose Zhang also made 10 straight birdies (Nos. 8 through 17) and are tied in fourth place at 14-under with Nick Taylor and Ruoning Yin, Jason Day and Lydia Ko as well as Justin Rose and Charley Hull.

The scramble format for the 16 teams resulted in 174 birdies and 14 eagles. Tom Hoge and Cheyenne Knight made the only bogey of the day with a double bogey at the second hole.

Teams will play foursomes on Saturday and fourballs on Sunday.

PosTeamsTo ParR1
1Nelly Korda-1656
Tony Finau
T2Megan Khang-1557
Denny McCarthy
T2Leona Maguire-1557
Lucas Glover
T4Charley Hull-1458
Justin Rose
T4Lydia Ko-1458
Jason Day
T4Ruoning Yin-1458
Nick Taylor
T4Rose Zhang-1458
Sahith Theegala
T8Brooke Henderson-1359
Corey Conners
T8Allisen Corpuz-1359
Cameron Champ
T10Lexi Thompson-1260
Rickie Fowler
T10Madelene Sagstrom-1260
Ludvig Aberg
12Lilia Vu-1161
Joel Dahmen
13Celine Boutier-963
Harris English
T14Andrea Lee-864
Billy Horschel
T14Mel Reid-864
Russell Henley
16Cheyenne Knight-666
Tom Hoge
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Grant Thornton Invitational 2023

Date: December 8th - 10th 2023

Location: Tiburón Golf Club, Gold Course, Naples, Florida

Purse: $4,000,000

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