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Grant Thornton Invitational preview: Odds, predictions & tee times

A new event takes centre stage on the PGA Tour this week, with top names in the men's and women's games teaming up in the Grant Thornton Invitational.

The tournament takes place over three rounds at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida, with 16 teams competing over 54 holes. 

There will be different formats over the three days as some of the biggest names in golf battle it out, with a tournament purse of $4,000,000.

Grant Thornton Invitational Odds

Team

Outright Odds

Finau / Korda

23/4

Aberg / Sagstrom

25/4

Rose / Hull

10/1

Theegala / Zhang

11/1

Fowler / Thompson

12/1

Grant Thornton Invitational Course

Although they have two courses at the Tiburon Golf Club, it will be the Gold Course that will be used for this week's event.

Measuring in at 7,382 yards, the Greg Norman-designed layout is based in south-west Florida and has been the venue for the QBE Shootout.

The Gold Course opened in 1998 and is a par 72, featuring four par-5s and four par-3s. It has also hosted the CMS Group Tour Championship – the season-ending event on the LPGA Tour – since 2013.

Grant Thornton Invitational Format

Day One - Scramble

On Friday, each player will hit a tee shot and the team will then select the ball to be used for the next stroke. From there, both players hit a shot from that position. This continues until the ball is holed.

Day Two – Foursomes (Alternate shot)

Round two will see the teams hit alternate shots – if the male player hits the tee shot, the female player hits the second, then the male the third etc.

One player will tee off on the odd numbered holes and the other will tee off on the even numbered holes.

Day Three – Modified Four-Ball

On the final day of the tournament, both players will tee off and they will then switch balls for the second shot, playing that same ball until it is holed.

The lowest score of the pairing is then counted towards the team's score for that hole.

Grant Thornton Invitational Predictions

Jason Day / Lydia Ko – Each/Way @ 12/1

Course form can often play a big part in these events and certainly Lydia Ko will head to Naples with high hopes this week.

The New Zealander, who is based in Florida, is a two-time winner of the CMS Group Tour Championship, including success in 2022.

Ko followed up her play-off victory in 2014 with her second Group Tour Championship last year, winning the tournament by two strokes (-17).

The two-time Major winner hasn't won a tournament in 2023, but has been showing good signs in recent weeks. Ko has fired nine sub-70 rounds in her last three events.

This week she teams up with Jason Day, who has also enjoyed previous success at the Tiburon Golf Club in the in the 2014 QBE Shootout – which was then known as Franklin Templeton Shootout.

The Australian goes into this event off the back of a decent performance at last week's Hero World Challenge, where he finished 11th and carded a third-round 66.

Sahith Theegala / Rose Zhang – Each Way @ 10/1

Having shown some consistent signs in recent weeks, Rose Zhang will feel confident of having a big week, especially having been partnered with Sahith Theegala.

Zhang bagged her first LPGA title this year – with victory in the Mizunho Americas Open in June – and the 20-year-old looks to have a real bright future ahead of her.

She heads to this event off the back of an impressive run of results, finishing T3-T15-T13 in her last three tournaments and carding under-par scores in all four rounds of the Group Tour Championship.

Meanwhile, Theegala is another player who has enjoyed success on this course – winning the QBE Shootout in 2022 alongside Tom Hoge.

The 26-year-old won the Fortinet Championship in September and has been particularly impressive on the greens, with Theegala currently ranked fifth on Tour for 'Putts Per Round' and for 'Overall Putting Average'.

Grant Thornton Invitational Tee Times

Tee Time (UK Times)

Group

14:10

Reid / Henley + Corpuz / Champ

14:25

Maguire / Glover + Sagstrom / Aberg

14:40

Zhange / Theegala + Vu / Dahmen

14:55

Khang / McCarthy + Knight / Hoge

15:10

Henderson / Conners + Yin / Taylor

15:25

Lee / Horschel + Boutier / English

15:40

Ko / Day + Hull / Rose

15:55

Korda / Finau + Thompson / Fowler

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