The 2022 QBE Shootout has announced the 12 teams of two that will compete in this year’s tournament, to be held from 7 to 11 December at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples.
For the first time in the QBE’s 34-year history, two LPGA golfers will compete: Nelly Korda, the world’s No. 1 ranked player will make her QBE debut, and No. 7 ranked Lexi Thompson will return for her seventh tournament.
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Here’s a closer look at the 12 teams that will be competing for the $3.8 million purse.
Harris English and Matt Kuchar
English and Kuchar, three-time winners of the QBE Shootout, will partner for the eighth time. The most successful duo in the history of the tournament, this team also scored second place (2014, 2015). The duo hold the tournament record for largest margin of victory, nine strokes in 2020.
Max Homma and Kevin Kisner
Homma and Kesner finished fifth in last year’s shootout in their first pairing. Kisner would play in his sixth QBE match and finished fourth in 2016 when he partnered with Kevin Chappell. Homa has won three times on the TOUR in the past year, including a successful defense of the 2021 Fortinet Championship this fall. Both were members of this year’s winning US Presidents’ Cup team, which Homa lost 4-0 in his debut.
Nelly Korda and Denny McCarthy
Korda (24) and McCarthy (29) will be the youngest on the field this year and both are making their Shootout debuts. The last time a junior team won the QBE Shootout was Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele in 2011. Korda and McCarthy combined for over a dozen finishers this calendar year, with Korda taking seven and McCarthy’s five.
Trey Moulinex and Scott Stallings
Mullinax will be making his Shootout debut. This will be Stallings’ second appearance and first since 2011. Mullinax won the Barbasol Championship this summer for his first PGA Tour victory. Stallings finished seven times in the top 10 this past season, including runner-up in the FedEx Cup qualifying round for BMW.
Brian Harman and Sepp Straka
Harman, who teamed with Patton Kezier to win the QBE in 2018, will make his fifth Tiburon appearance with his fourth, different partner. Straka took his first win on the PGA Tour at the Honda Classic earlier this year. He was born in Austria and played in the 2020 Olympic Games. Harmann and Straka both attended the University of Georgia.
Jason Day and Billy Hurschel
Day and Horshel will play together for the first time. A former world number one, Day paired with Cameron Triangle to win the shootout in 2014. Horschel has finished among the top five six times in nine QBE matches with eight different partners. Horschel played in his first senior event for the USA this fall at the Presidents Cup. Today four teams have played the International Presidents Cup.
Steve Stricker and Cameron Young
The 55-year-old Stricker will play in Shootout No. 13, while the 25-year-old, a PGA TOUR winner, will play in Naples for the first time. Stricker is a four-time winner on the PGA Champions Tour this year and served as co-captain of the US Presidents’ Cup-winning team. Young has finished runner-up three times this year, including at The Open Championship.
Maverick McNeely and Lexi Thompson
McNealy and Thompson, both 27 years old, mark another first-time Shootout pairing. McNeely, the world’s best amateur in 2017, has posted three top-10 finishes in his last seven games of the season. Thompson is an 11-time LPGA winner, two-time Olympian, and has played on five Solheim Cup teams for the United States.
Tom Hogg and Sahith Thigala
Hoge and Theegala make their Shootout debut. Hoge had a great season winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, a top 10 finish. Theegala, 24, came close to his first win with a runner-up finish in the Travelers Championship.
Charlie Hoffman and Ryan Palmer
Hoffmann and Palmer combined to play in nine penalty kicks but teamed up for the first time. Hoffman has finished third on three occasions, most recently with Gary Woodland in 2018. Palmer finished third with Harold Varner III in 2019.
Corey Conners and KH Lee
Conners and Lee were international teammates for the Presidents’ Cup this fall, but they didn’t ball together. Lee was on the winning side in two games in the team’s defeat to the USA’s Conners that amassed five top-10 finishes this season, including a third-place finish at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship and a sixth-place finish at the Masters Tournament. Lee won the AT&T Byron Nelson Award for his second Tour win.
Keith Mitchell and JJ Spoon
Both of them are playing Shootout for the first time. Spoon won his first PGA TOUR title in the spring at the Valero Texas Open and Mitchell had six top-10 finishes last season.
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