Jason Day and Lydia Ko held off competition from Canadian duo Corey Conners and Brooke Henderson to come out on top at the inaugural Grant Thornton Invitational in Florida.
Beginning the final round with a two-shot advantage, Australia’s Day and New Zealand’s Ko closed with a six-under 66 on Sunday which included a birdie on the 17th to finish the tournament on 26 under at the mixed PGA and LPGA teams event at Tiburon Golf Club.
“It felt like the most stress-free win because I just knew (Ko) was going to step up in the end, which was fantastic,” Day said. “It was a fun week. I think having the two tours join this week was a fun way to finish the year out.”
“I learned a lot, whether it was short-sided chips or just how to commit andhit bombs down there,” Ko said of playing with the men.
“I think this has just been a great start for the two tours coming together and having a mixed event, and I really hope this is something that continues for a long time.”
Conners and Henderson settled for a second-place finish after carding a final-round 63 while Swedish pair Madelene Sagstrom and Ludvig Aberg shot an impressive final-round 60 to finish in third on 24 under.
This was the first time the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour held a mixed event since the 1999 JC Penny.