Why The Grant Thornton Invitational Is Great For Golf

Why The Grant Thornton Invitational Is Great For Golf

The Grant Thornton Invitational, a mixed-team co-sanctioned event between the LPGA and PGA TOUR, was a positive step for the game of golf amidst the recent dark cloud that has be looming.

The Grant Thornton Invitational adopted a unique format that combined three traditional team formats: scramble, foursomes (alternate shot) and modified four-ball. This approach allowed for a variety of strategic challenges and kept the competition exciting throughout the tournament. Personally, I was glued to the TV watching the weekend rounds.

Here’s the format:

Scramble (Friday): Each team teed off with two golf balls, and they could choose the best shot from the two to play from for the next stroke.

Foursomes/Alternate Shot (Saturday): Same as always, the hit alternate shots until they finish the hole. Leona Maguire and Lucas Glover smashed this format on Saturday.

Modified Fourball: Both players will tee off from the same place. Then they will switch balls for the next shot and play that same ball until it is holed. The teammate whose score is lower will be counted towards that particular hole. The team with the lowest score at the end of the round will win


The Grant Thornton Invitational was held at the prestigious Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Naples, a world-renowned golf course known for its challenging layout and stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. The course provided a fitting stage for this historic event.


The 32-player field featured both established stars and rising stars from both the LPGA and PGA TOUR. This diverse mix of players ensured a competitive and entertaining tournament.

Team Selection:

Team captains were selected from both tours, and they were given the responsibility of assembling their teams.


The Grant Thornton Invitational received extensive television coverage on major networks, including Golf Channel and NBC. It was also all over social media which was really exciting to see.


The Grant Thornton Invitational was drew praise from fans, players, and media alike. It highlighted the potential for mixed-team events to promote inclusivity, enhance excitement, and attract new fans to golf and I’m here for it!

I really hope to see more of these events on the calendar and huge kudos to Grant Thornton for moving the needle on competitive golf.


Eimear McManus

December 13, 2023

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