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QBE continues backing of PGA Tour’s Shootout

A general view of the ninth green as golfers finish the front nine during the third round of the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club on November 19, 2016 in Naples, Florida. (Marianna Massey/Getty Images)

The North American arm of insurance group QBE has agreed a three-year extension to its title sponsorship of the PGA Tour’s Shootout event.

QBE signed on as the new title sponsor of the tournament, which takes place annually in the US state of Florida and is hosted by Australian golf legend Greg Norman, back in 2017. It replaced US investment firm Franklin Templeton, which had served as title sponsor for 20 of the Shootout’s 28 years up to that point.

The new deal extends QBE’s backing through the 2022 edition of the Shootout. In addition, the QBE Shootout has renewed agreements with both Tiburon Golf Club and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida to continue as host for the next three years.

Tournament officials have also revealed the first 14 players currently committed to compete in the 2019 Shootout, which takes place from December 11-15. This year’s field currently features six players who won during the last PGA Tour season and Lexi Thompson, the highest-ranked American player on the women’s LPGA, who will compete for the fourth consecutive year.

Norman said: “QBE’s commitment for the next three years ensures we will be able to attract a world class field, enhance the sponsor and spectator experience and most importantly, grow our charitable giving.”