One of the largest insurers and reinsurers worldwide, QBE, and tournament host Greg Norman announced an agreement where QBE will become the title sponsor of Southwest Florida’s annual PGA TOUR Challenge Season stop at the magnificent Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida. It will be titled the QBE Shootout.
The Greg Norman Shootout has been a mainstay on the TOUR for over 25 years and will be played December 6-10 this year, raising awareness and funds for a variety of worthy charitable causes in Southwest Florida.
“We are pleased to become the title sponsor of one of the most recognizable events on the PGA TOUR schedule,” said Russ Johnston, CEO of QBE North America. “In addition to The Shootout bringing together some of the world’s best and most prominent names in golf, the tournament provides financial support for very worthwhile charities. Giving back to our communities is in our DNA, which is why the opportunity to sponsor the Shootout was very attractive to us. There’s a very close alignment between the goals of the QBE Charitable Foundation and the philanthropic mission of Greg’s event.”
“As one of the world’s premier insurance brands, QBE is the perfect partner for this event and I am thrilled to have them as the new sponsor,” said Norman. “The Shootout is the longest running late-season tournament on the TOUR calendar and this new agreement assures a 30-year anniversary in 2018, which is sure to be a landmark event.”
“For years the QBE Shootout has been a favorite event on many players’ late-year schedule,” said Andy Pazder, Chief Tournament and Competitions Officer for the PGA TOUR. “The opportunity to play in a team event with three unique formats makes it an exciting tournament for our players, spectators and television viewers. With QBE Insurance’s support, we’re very excited about the event’s future.”
The 2017 field will consist of 24 professionals paired into 12 two-person teams. The QBE Shootout will once again feature a scramble format during the first round, a modified alternate shot format on Saturday, and a final round better ball on Sunday. Harris English and Matt Kuchar won last year by one stroke, which was the second title in three years for Matt & Harris, who are expected to defend their title this December.
QBE Insurance Group is one of the world’s top 20 specialized insurance and reinsurance companies, with operations in all the key markets. QBE is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and is headquartered in Sydney. The company employees more than 14,000 people in 37 countries, with major U.S. regional headquarters in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco.