Jason Day & Lydia Ko win by one

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December 11, 2023
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Jason Day and Lydia Ko started the day with a one-stroke lead and made six birdies to close with a 66 in the modified fourball format to win the inaugural Grant Thornton Invitational by one shot at 26-under.

“At the end of the day, sometimes there's a separation between the PGA TOUR, the LPGA Tour and other tours," said Ko. "But we're all playing the game of golf. We all play it because we love it. It has given us so many great opportunities and experiences. I think this is just a great example that we're all just golfers at the end of the day and trying to play the best golf we can and perform at our highest. I think this is just the start of that. Whether it's another event or something like -- I don't know, there's a lot more people that's smarter than me that can come up with great ideas like this, but I think this is just a gateway and a reminder that we're all here for the game of golf, and I believe that a lot of people are going to take inspiration and get motivated by watching this week.”

“Walking away from this week, I think it's been a huge success," added Day. "I think a lot of the guys have had a lot of fun playing with the women this week, and I think it's been a great partnership between the LPGA and the PGA TOUR. I feel like the fans and the players have been wanting something like this for a long time. It was just fun. It was just kind of weird, coming down the finishing few holes, once we were on 25-under, I felt like one of us was going to birdie 17, and then it was kind of going to -- someone was going to par 18. It was almost like some stress there, but it wasn't as stressful because you have a partner, and when you have a partner like Lydia, when she hits a mint 3-wood into 17 and hits it to five yards, that's when you kind of can relax a little bit. Overall it's been a tremendous week to play this week with Lydia. Just lifelong friends from now on, you know.”

Brooke Henderson and Corey Conners opened eagle, birdie, double bogey before adding a second eagle at the par-4 9th when Conners holed out from 203 yards with a 5-iron to be the only team with multiple eagles in the final round. They made five birdies on the back nine, including four in a row on Nos. 12-15 and held the solo-lead briefly more than once before finishing one stroke shy in second place.

After a 12-under 60 in the opening-round scramble format followed by an even-par 72 in foursomes, Ludvig Åberg and Madelene Sagstrom posted the low final-round 60 in the odified fourball that included an 8-under 28 on the back nine to finish third at 24-under.

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.

Pos.TeamTo ParR1R2R3Total
1Lydia Ko /Jason Day-20586666124
T2Leona Maguire-18576968126
Lucas Glover
T2Nelly Korda / Tony Finau-18567067126
T4Lexi Thompson / Rickie Fowler-16606866128
T4Brooke Henderson / Corey Conners-16596963128
T4Ruoning Yin / Nick Taylor-16587067128
T4Megan Khang / Denny McCarthy-16577165128
8Charley Hull / Justin Rose-14587266130
T9Celine Boutier / Harris English-12636965132
T9Madelene Sagstrom / Ludvig Aberg-12607260132
T9Rose Zhang / Sahith Theegala-12587464132
12Lilia Vu / Joel Dahmen-11617263133
13Mel Reid / Russell Henley-10647066134
14Andrea Lee / Billy Horschel-9647167135
T15Cheyenne Knight / Tom Hoge-7667166137
T15Allisen Corpuz / Cameron Champ-7597865137
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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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