Finau/Korda pair in the lead after first round

The PGA Tour is currently experimenting with a fresh tournament format, a mixed pairs event, taking place for the very first time this weekend at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida

by Andrea Gussoni
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Finau/Korda pair in the lead after first round
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The PGA Tour is currently experimenting with a fresh tournament format, a mixed pairs event, taking place for the very first time this weekend at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida. After the opening round of the Grant Thornton Invitational, the pair of Tony Finau and Nelly Korda lead the pack with an overall score of -16.

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Featuring a brand-new tournament format with an elite field in attendance, the sixteen pairs completed their scramble round today. This particular type of game involves each golfer hitting their ball from the tee shot, with the couple then choosing the ball to play for the next shot, playing from there until reaching the hole.

Finau and Korda perfectly embody the caliber of golfers competing this week. The American duo rounded off today's play with an eagle on the 17th hole and a birdie on the 18th, failing to pick up any additional strokes on just three of the course's eighteen holes.

Coming in second place at -15 are two pairs consisting of Glover/Maguire and Denny McCarthy/Megan Khang. On the par 72 course, there are four teams sharing the fourth position with a total score of -14: Day/Ko, Rose/Hull, Taylor/Yin, and Theegala Zhang.

The Americans Cameron Champ/Allisen Corpuz and the Canadians Corey Conners/Brooke Henderson are in eighth place with -13. Closing the top 10 at -12 are Aberg/Sagstrom and Fowler Thompson. The rankings remain incredibly tight, with today's scores going well below par, as is natural in this game.

Tomorrow, things could change drastically, and the fousomes could completely overhaul the leaderboard. The PGA Tour became its own organization in 1968, when it split from the PGA of America, which is now primarily an association of golf professionals, such as instructors and club managers.

The tournament players first formed their own organization, the Association of Professional Golfers (APG). Subsequently, in 1968, the players abolished the APG and agreed to operate as the PGA "Tournament Players Division", a completely autonomous division of the PGA, under the supervision of a new 10-member Tournament Policy Board.

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