"Asked NOT to attend"; field for Greg Norman's PGA Tour event confirmed

LIV Golf duo and defending champions OUT of Greg Norman's annual QBE Shootout. 

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Wed, 2 Nov 2022
Asked NOT to attend, Greg Norman tournament confirms field for December

The field for LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman's annual QBE Shootout will feature two LPGA Tour players for the first time in the event's 34-year history, but the defending champions (now on LIV) are out. 

Lexi Thompson (ranked seventh in the world) will be making her sixth appearance in the unofficial PGA Tour team event, and she will be joined by debutant Nelly Korda (ranked fourth). 

The tournament will also feature a number of the world's best players including former US PGA champion Jason Day, 2021/22 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Cameron Young and new father Max Homa. 

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The QBE Shootout is a 54-hole competition (no LIV Golf puns intended) that sees 12 two-player teams competing in Scramble, Greensomes and Better Ball. 

LIV Golf duo Kevin Na and Jason Kokrak, who won this tournament by one over Sam Burns and Billy Horschel last year, are not in the field. 

All golfers who have competed in LIV Golf tournaments this season remain suspended by the PGA Tour. 

Check out the full field below; the teams have yet to be finalised. 

2022 QBE Shootout Field

  • Corey Conners
  • Jason Day
  • Harris English
  • Brian Harman
  • Charley Hoffman
  • Tom Hoge
  • Max Homa
  • Billy Horschel
  • Kevin Kisner
  • Nelly Korda
  • Matt Kuchar
  • K.H. Lee
  • Denny McCarthy
  • Maverick McNealy
  • Keith Mitchell
  • Trey Mullinax
  • Ryan Palmer
  • J.J. Spaun
  • Scott Stallings
  • Sepp Straka
  • Steve Stricker
  • Sahith Theegala
  • Lexi Thompson
  • Cameron Young

Tournament host Norman recently confirmed he was "asked not to attend" the tournament that he founded back in 1989. 

This is because of the Australian's new role as CEO of the rival Saudi-backed LIV Golf Tour.

While the tournament will still go ahead this year and still remain under Norman's watch, he is going along with a request not to attend his very own designed Tiburon Golf Course in Naples from December 9 to 11. 

Norman wrote on Instagram: 
"Sadly, after 33 consecutive years of playing in and hosting every Shootout tournament - a co-sanctioned PGA Tour event - since I founded it in 1989, this year I have been asked not to attend.

"Why one might ask? Perhaps it is because I am helping to give golf a new heartbeat, creating new value and delivering a new product that is loved by players, fans and broadcasters alike. And in doing so, finally giving players their rights as independent contractors to benefit from their performance and brand. In some people’s mind this is too disruptive and evolution is perceived as a bad thing. I disagree – competition breeds excellence.

"Change is good. Evolution and innovation of the professional golf product has been needed for decades - just ask the next generation of golf fans. Over its lifetime, the @qbeshootout tournament has raised in excess of $15 million for well-deserving charities like @curesearch, who is on an important mission to eradicate childhood cancer. These charities, their missions and the financial benefits they receive from Shootout tournament donations each year is of the utmost importance to me and my family. As such, I have decided not to attend this year’s event so the focus can remain on the missions at hand.

"To the Shootout charities, the City of Naples and to all of the incredible volunteers, corporate sponsors, fans and Shootout staff, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued good work and support. I will miss seeing you all this year but I will certainly be there in spirit."
Wasserman Events operates all of the golf tournaments previously operated by Greg Norman Production Company, which they bought in 2015, and this also includes the QBE Shootout.

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