Tournament News
Tournament News
First-Round Notes – Friday, December 11, 2020
Weather Partly cloudy with a high of 74. Wind E/NE 6-14 mph.
Format R1/Scramble, R2/Modified Alternate Shot, R3/Four-Ball
First-Round Leaderboard
Kevin Na/Sean O’Hair56(-16)
Harold Varner III/Ryan Palmer57(-15)
Lanto Griffin/Mackenzie Hughes58(-14)
Harris English/Matt Kuchar58(-14)
Rory Sabbatini/Kevin Tway59(-13)
Cameron Champ/Tony Finau59(-13)
Daniel Berger/Steve Stricker60(-12)
Louis Oosthuizen/Bubba Watson60(-12)
Sebastian Muñoz/Joaquin Niemann61(-11)
Billy Horschel/Brendon Todd62(-10)
Marc Leishman/Cameron Smith62(-10)
Abraham Ancer/Matthew Wolff62(-10)
Kevin Na/Sean O’Hair (56/1st)
  • In the scramble format, first-time team combined for 12 birdies, two eagles (Nos. 6 and 17) and four pars (Nos. 5, 13, 16, 18) to shoot a 16-under 56, one stroke shy of the tournament scramble record of 55
  • Na is making his second appearance at the QBE Shootout (T3 in 2018 with Bryson DeChambeau). O’Hair is making his 10th consecutive appearance (2011-20) with two prior victories (2012 with Kenny Perry and 2017 with Steve Stricker)
  • The first-round lead/co-lead at the QBE Shootout has held 16 times, most recently by Brian Harman and Patton Kizzire in 2018
  • In five starts on the PGA TOUR this season, Na has collected two top-30 finishes, highlighted by a T13 at the Masters. In six starts this season, O’Hair has secured three made cuts with a top finish of T14 at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship
  • Both Kevin Na and Sean O’Hair turned pro at 17 years old
Harold Varner III/Ryan Palmer (57/2nd)
  • In the scramble format, the duo combined for 15 birdies and three pars (Nos. 5, 15, 16) to open with a 15-under 57
  • A year ago, the team led after the first round while tying the tournament scramble record of 55, joining two other teams that have recorded 55s since moving to Tiburon Golf Club in 2001 (2005/Greg Norman, Steve Elkington and 2014/Jason Day, Cameron Tringale)
  • Past performances at the QBE Shootout: Varner III/6th in 2018 with Bubba Watson, T3 in 2019 with Palmer; Palmer/9th in 2014 with Jimmy Walker, T3 in 2019 with Varner III
  • In six starts on the PGA TOUR this season, Varner III has collected three top-30 finishes, led by a T13 finish at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. In four starts this season, Palmer has secured two top-20 finishes including a T4 mark at the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD
Miscellaneous Notes
  • Founded by World Golf Hall of Fame Member Greg Norman in 1989, this week’s QBE Shootout marks the 32nd edition of the event. Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Resort in Naples, Fla. is hosting for a 20th consecutive year
  • Criteria for the 24-person field: Defending champions (playing as a team), top 12 players available from the 2018-19 FedExCup points list through the TOUR Championship, 10 special exemptions (a minimum of four to be selected from the top 40 on the PGA TOUR career money list)
  • With a win this week, defending champions Rory Sabbatini and Kevin Tway (59/-13) would become the third team to successfully defend their QBE Shootout title; Brad Faxon/Scott McCarron (2000-01) and Jeff Sluman/Hank Kuehne (2003-04)
  • Twelve-time PGA TOUR winner Steve Stricker, competing this year with Daniel Berger, is making his 12th start in the QBE Shootout, more than any other player in the field
  • The field combined to card 12 eagles, 126 birdies, 78 pars and zero bogeys or worse
Course Statistics
Toughest Hole Easiest Hole 
R1Par-3 16th (2.833) Par-5 first and par-5 17th (3.667)  
Scoring Averages
Front NineBack NineTotal
R129.75029.750 59.500