The 2022 QBE Shootout has announced the 12 two-person teams that will compete in this year’s tournament, which is scheduled to take place December 9-11 at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida.
For the first time in the QBE’s 34-year history, two LPGA players will be competing: Nelly Korda, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, will make her QBE debut, while No. 7 ranked Lexi Thompson will return for her seventh tournament.
Here’s a closer look at the 12 teams that will be competing for the $3.8 million purse.
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.
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 tour in the past year, including a successful defense of the 2021 Fortinet Championship which he contested this fall. Both were members of this year’s winning US Presidents’ Cup team, which Homa lost 4-0 in his debut.
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 more than a dozen top ten finishes this calendar year, with Korda finishing seventh and McCarthy five.
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 win on the PGA Tour. Stallings finished seven times in the top 10 this past season, including runner-up in the FedEx Cup qualifying round for BMW.
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.
Day and Horshel will play together for the first time. A former World No. 1, Day was 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.
The 55-year-old Stricker will play in No. 13 Shootout, while the 25-year-old Young, winner of this year’s PGA Tour Rookie, will play in Naples for the first time. Stricker is a four-time PGA Tour Champion 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.
McNealy and Thompson, both 27 years old, mark another first-time Shootout pairing. The world’s top amateur in 2017, McNeely 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 US Solheim Cup teams.
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.
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.
Conners and Lee were internationals teammates for the Presidents Cup this fall but were not paired 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 for his second Tour win.
Both of them are playing Shootout for the first time. Spaun won his first PGA TOUR title in the spring at the Valero Texas Open and Mitchell had six top-10 finishes last season.