English & Kuchar to Defend Shootout Title at Tiburón

One of the more dominant teams in QBE Shootout history will defend their title when the PGA TOUR’s longest-running Challenge Event (28 years) returns to Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort in Naples December 6-10, with Hall of Fame member Greg Norman hosting.

In addition, Lexi Thompson, #3 in the LPGA World Rankings, is scheduled to make her second consecutive appearance, becoming the first female player in tournament history to play multiple times in the QBE Shootout.

“We are looking forward to watching Harris (English) and Matt (Kuchar) as they seek to become the first duo to win the QBE Shootout three times. Both gentlemen have been great champions and supporters of the event,” said Tournament Host Greg Norman. “I am thrilled that Lexi Thompson, one of the game’s brightest stars, will be returning to the Shootout again. She brings another element of youthful energy to the week for our Pro-Am participants, fans, players, corporate partners and worldwide TV audience.”

The English and Kuchar duo won the QBE Shootout last year by one stroke over Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly. It was Harris who sank a 12-foot putt for eagle on the 17th hole on Tiburón’s Black course to secure their second title in three years.

Florida native, 22 year-old Lexi Thompson, enjoyed another stellar year on the LPGA TOUR. Her resume includes being the youngest golfer ever to qualify for a U.S. Open at age 12. Turning professional at age 15, she became the youngest to win an LPGA event at the Navistar Classic and followed that up with a win at the Dubai Ladies Masters at age 16. In 2014 she won her first major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. This year she added two more victories giving her a total of 12 professional wins and the only American in the top-ten.

The QBE Shootout, featuring 12  two-person teams competing for a $3.3 million purse, will once again feature a scramble format during the first round, a modified alternate shot format on Saturday and a final round better ball on Sunday. For tickets or information visit QBEShootout.com

CureSearch for Children’s Cancer is the tournament’s primary charitable beneficiary. Additionally, to support those harmed by Hurricane Irma, the QBE Shootout has recently launched a hurricane relief fund to support the local recovery efforts. Since 1989, the Shootout has raised more than $13 million for charitable causes.

QBE Insurance Group is one of the world’s top 20 specialized insurance and reinsurance companies with operations in all the key markets. QBE is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and is headquartered in Sydney. The company employs more than 14,000 people in 37 countries with U. S. regional offices in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco.

Tiburón Golf Club In Naples Florida features two 18-hole Greg Norman designed championship golf courses, the Gold and the Black. Tiburón, managed by Troon, is also home to the LPGA Tour’s CME Group Championship and is consistently rated among the top golf facilities in Florida by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. The Impact Zone Golf School featuring PGA professional Bobby Clampett and his fine staff is located on the grounds at Tiburón. The 295-room Ritz Carlton Golf Resort sits adjacent to Tiburón Golf Club and named by the readers of Travel & Leisure a top Florida golf resort. A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, Tiburón also boasts a 27,000 square foot Mediterranean-style clubhouse featuring three dining areas, private member locker rooms and lounges as well as an award winning well stocked golf shop. Check it out at TiburonNaples.com

 

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