Lexi first woman since Annika to play Shootout


The Franklin Templeton Shootout will be receiving some girl power this year.

Tournament officials announced Monday that Lexi Thompson will be among the 24-person field at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., which will be hosting the unofficial PGA Tour event for the 16th consecutive year.

Thompson will become the first female participant since Annika Sorenstam in 2006, and tournament host Greg Norman announced that Thompson will pair with Bryson DeChambeau for the 54-hole team event.

Thompson is ranked No. 4 in the latest Rolex Rankings and has won seven times on the LPGA, most recently the Honda LPGA Thailand in February. She also represented the U.S. at the Olympics, where she finished T-19.

The 21-year-old will be one of eight players making their event debuts, joining DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Luke Donald, Russell Knox, Kevin Kisner, Kevin Chappell and Smylie Kaufman.

Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner will return to defend the title they won last year over Matt Kuchar and Harris English, who will also make a repeat appearance. Other former champs expected to participate include Davis Love III, Steve Stricker, Jerry Kelly, Kenny Perry and Sean O'Hair.

Rounding out the field will be K.J. Choi, Billy Horschel, Charley Hoffman, Daniel Berger, Charles Howell III, Gary Woodland and Rory Sabbatini. Remaining teams will be announced at a later date.

Played annually since 1989, the Franklin Templeton Shootout will be held Dec. 8-10 and features scramble play during the opening round, followed by modified alternate shot and better ball.