2023 Grant Thornton Invitational Predictions & Preview


Are you ready for Grant Thornton Invitational predictions? The 2022/23 PGA Tour is over and so is the 2023 LPGA Tour. However, in an unofficial tournament, we have more golfing action on show this week with the 2023 Grant Thornton Invitational from Naples, Florida. 

It is the inaugural edition of the tournament and it is a mixed-team event, combining both the PGA Tour pros and the LPGA Tour pros. It is the first time since 1999 that we get to see a mixed-team contest. The three-day competition has equal prize money and will see golfers compete across three different formats each day. 

Names such as Tony Finau, Justin Rose and Lilia Vu will all be competing this week at Tiburon Golf Club as they bid to win the maiden edition of the competition. It’s time to dive into my Grant Thornton Invitational predictions!

2023 Hero World Challenge Results 

Golf action took place from the Bahamas last week with the 2023 Hero World Challenge. Scottie Scheffler won the Tiger Woods-hosted tournament, beating Austrian golfer Sepp Straka by three strokes. 

I wasn’t able to find the winner with my Hero World Challenge predictions. However, I came close as I backed Straka to win the competition. Nevertheless, I was able to correctly predict Justin Thomas to secure a top-5 finish at +175. Let’s hope for some more success this week with 2023 Grant Thornton Invitational predictions!

As always, head on over to my handicapper page, Ashlee Kiddell, to check out all of my selections for Grant Thornton Invitational predictions. 

2023 Grant Thornton Invitational Preview

When: Friday, December 8th – Sunday, December 10th, 2023

Where: Tiburon Golf Club, Naples, Florida

TV: Gold Channel / NBC / Peacock

Field: 32 players – 16 teams (One PGA & one LPGA golfer per team) – No cut

Purse: $4,000,000 (Winning team gets $720,000)

The Grant Thornton Invitational is a three-day event which will consist of three different formats of play. 32 players are competing in the tournament and have been divided up into 16 teams. Take a look at the different rounds below: 

  • Friday (Round 1) – Scramble: Each player from each team will take a tee shot and the team will then decide which ball to play for their next shot. That system will continue until the conclusion of the hole. 
  • Saturday (Round 2) – Foursomes (Alternate Shot): The players in each team will alternate between taking shots but will use just one ball. Tee shots will be separated between each player, with one player taking a shot on even-numbered holes and the other player teeing off on odd-numbered holes.
  • Sunday (Round 3) – Fourball (Modified): Every player will tee off with their own shot but will then proceed to switch balls for their second shots. That ball will then be played until the hole is complete. 

Check out the teams for the 2023 Grant Thornton Invitational here: 

  • Ludvig Aberg / Madelene Sagstrom
  • Joel Dahmen / Lilia Vu
  • Russell Henley / Mel Reid
  • Nick Taylor / Ruoning Yin
  • Tom Hoge / Cheyenne Knight
  • Rickie Fowler / Lexi Thompson 
  • Jason Day / Lydia Ko
  • Corey Conners / Brooke Henderson
  • Lucas Glover / Leona Maguire
  • Billy Horschel / Andrea Lee
  • Sahith Theegala / Rose Zhang
  • Tony Finau / Nelly Korda
  • Cameron Champ / Allisen Corpuz
  • Denny McCarthy / Megan Khang
  • Justin Rose / Charley Hull
  • Harris English / Celine Boutier

Tiburon Golf Club Course Information

Par: 72 / Yards: 7,382 (Men’s), 6,595 (Women’s)

Par 3s: 4 / Par 4s: 10 / Par 5s: 4

Greens: Bermudagrass

LPGA Tour golfers have had recent experience at playing at Tiburon Golf Club. Just last month we saw Amy Yang win the CME Group Tour Championship in what was the season-ending event. 

Tiburon Golf Club has two courses: the Black Course and the Gold Course. Teams will be playing on the Gold Course this week, which opened in 1998 and was designed by Greg Norman. 

Golfers will be expected to see large greens on the Gold Course, with wide fairways and water hazards throughout. Accuracy off the tee doesn’t seem to be too crucial and those with good form with the putter have performed well here in the past. 

Expert Grant Thornton Invitational Predictions for 2023

There’s a reason why Tony Finau / Nelly Korda (+550) are the current favorites for Grant Thornton Invitational predictions. Finau looked in good form during the Hero World Challenge last week as he finished T4. That was his first tournament since the Tour Championship back in August. However, his putter has let him down of late which could be a big hindrance here. 

Despite Korda failing to win on the LPGA Tour in 2023, she was able to win on the Ladies European Tour during the Aramco Team Series in London back in July. She finished as runner-up at the 2018 CME Group Tour Championship so has performed well at Tiburon Golf Club in the past. Korda secured a T8 finish in the 2023 edition. 

Celine Boutier was crowned champion of the 2023 Maybank Championship at the end of October, recording her sixth win on the 2023 LPGA Tour. She is certainly in top form and finished T16 in the 2023 CME Group Tour Championship. Boutier is competing alongside Harris English in Florida this week (+950). 

Ludiv Aberg / Madelene Sagstrom (+600) are the current second favorites to win the Grant Thornton Invitational. Aberg has been in fine form of late and gained crucial experience in playing in a team as he helped Team Europe win the Ryder Cup earlier this year. He also won the 2023 RSM Classic. Sagstrom has competed in three Solheim Cups in the past too, and has performed well in Florida before. 

Top Contenders to Win the 2023 Grant Thornton Invitational 

Becoming just the seventh woman to play on the PGA Tour, Lexi Thompson competed in the Shriners Children’s Open back in October. She failed to make the cut, but still managed to shoot 69 on the Friday in what was an impressive display. 

Thompson has tasted success at Tiburon Golf Club in the past as she won the 2018 CME Group Tour Championship and could be an interesting selection for Grant Thornton Invitational predictions. She will be partnering up with Rickie Fowler (+900) who is ranked 24th in the PGA Tour world rankings. 

Fowler returned to form earlier this year, winning the Rocket Mortgage Classic. That was his first triumph on the PGA Tour since 2019. The 34-year-old finished 17th in the Hero World Challenge last week, shooting 2-under. However, players such as Finau appear to be in better form.

Longshots to Win the 2023 Grant Thornton Invitational 

Lilia Vu won the Annika from Florida last month so her past success in the state could bode well here. That was her fourth LPGA Tour victory of 2023 so Vu will certainly be one to watch. She will be parenting up with Joel Dahmen and he is relishing to play with the World No. 1 ranked women’s golfer. The pair are currently priced at +1350. Vu recently finished 4th at the CME Group Tour Championship and her and Dahmen are one of the longer priced teams in the field. 

However, Cameron Champ / Allisen Corpuz (+2000) and Tom Hoge / Cheyenne Knight (+2000) are the longest priced teams. Corpuz was crowned the 2023 US Women’s champion back in July in what was her first and only victory on the LPGA Tour. Nevertheless, she hasn’t been in the best of form of late and neither has Champ. Champ has failed to secure a top-20 finish across any of his last three tournaments and finished T58 in the RSM Classic last month. 

Knight is one of the lowest ranked LPGA Tour golfers in the field and currently sits 62nd in the Women’s world rankings. She doesn’t enter this one in the best of form, and neither does partner Hoge. He missed the cut at the Shriners Open in October, before finishing 48th at the ZOZO Championship. It comes as no surprise that they are priced at +2000. 

2023 Grant Thornton Invitational Predictions – Outright Winner

It’s time to lock in my Grant Thornton Invitational predictions now. I have made three picks for the outright winner of the tournament. 

I have also made a couple of selections for those to secure a top-5 finish. Make sure you take a look at those below. 

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2023 Grant Thornton Invitational Predictions – Top-5 Finish

Moving over towards the top-5 finish market now, I have made two picks for Grant Thornton Invitational predictions. I have had past success at calling those to secure high finishes in the past, so let’s hope that continues here. 

Firstly, I like the value in Fowler / Thompson (+105) to finish inside the top-5. Thompson has performed well at Tiburon before and also played some good golf at the Solheim Cup. 

Dahmen / Vu (+125) will be my final pick and Vu’s quality will look to carry the pair to victory in the Sunshine State. 

Best Bet: Fowler / Thompson (+105) & Dahmen / Vu (+125)

2023 Grant Thornton Invitational Odds

Here are the odds for the 16 teams at the 2023 Grant Thornton Invitational (subject to change):

  • Tony Finau / Nelly Korda (+550)
  • Ludvig Aberg / Madelene Sagstrom (+600)
  • Justin Rose / Charley Hull (+800)
  • Sahith Theegala / Rose Zhang (+850)
  • Corey Conners / Brooke Henderson (+850)
  • Jason Day / Lydia Ko (+900)
  • Rickie Fowler / Lexi Thompson (+900)
  • Nick Taylor / Ruoning Yin (+950)
  • Harris English / Celine Boutier (+950)
  • Denny McCarthy / Megan Khang (+950)
  • Lucas Glover / Leona Maguire (+1150)
  • Joel Dahmen / Lilia Vu (+1350)
  • Russell Henley / Mel Reid (+1800)
  • Billy Horschel / Andrea Lee (+1800)
  • Tom Hoge / Cheyenne Knight (+2000)
  • Cameron Champ / Allisen Corpuz (+2000)