Tournament News
Tournament News
Second-Round Notes – Saturday, December 8, 2018
Format R1/Scramble, R2/Modified Alternate Shot, R3/Better Ball
Weather Mostly sunny, with a high of 82. Wind SE 8-15 mph.
Second-Round Leaderboard
Patton Kizzire/Brian Harman59-66—125(-19)
Emiliano Grillo/Graeme McDowell59-66—125(-19)
Charley Hoffman/Gary Woodland61-64—125(-19)
Bryson DeChambeau/Kevin Na59-67—126(-18)
Charles Howell III/Luke List61-66—127(-17)
Tony Finau/Lexi Thompson61-67—128(-16)
Harold Varner III/Bubba Watson62-67—129(-15)
Sean O’Hair/Steve Stricker62-67—129(-15)
Billy Horschel/Brandt Snedeker63-67—130-14)
Pat Perez/Kyle Stanley63-68—131(-13)
Luke Donald/Andrew Landry63-68—131(-13)
Cameron Champ/Kevin Kisner63-71—134(-10)
Graeme McDowell/Emiliano Grillo (125/-19)

Birdies came at Nos. 2, 6, 8, and five-consecutive on Nos. 10-14. They took bogey at the par-4 third and par-4 15th

McDowell is making his seventh start in the QBE Shootout, with runner-up finishes in 2017 (Shane Lowry) and 2010 (Darren Clarke). Grillo is making his first start in the QBE Shootout

In five starts this season on the PGA TOUR, Grillo has collected three top-15 finishes, highlighted by a T2 at the CIMB Classic

In his most recent start this season on TOUR, McDowell finished T11 at The RSM Classic The second-round lead/co-lead at the QBE Shootout has held up 17 of 29 times. The last 36-hole leaders/co-leaders to hold on for the win was Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair last year

Eleven players have won the QBE Shootout in their first attempt: Mark O’Meara (1989), Curtis Strange (1989), Fred Couples (1990), Scott McCarron (1997), Hank Kuehne (2003), Rod Pampling (2006), Woody Austin (2007), Keegan Bradley (2011), Brendan Steele (2011), Harris English (2013) and Cameron Tringale (2014) \

Gary Woodland/Charley Hoffman (125/-19)

Team made birdies at 6-8, 10, 14 and 16-18 for an 8-under 64, the low round of the day The lowest score in Modified Alternate Shot belongs to the 1990 team of Fred Couples and Raymond Floyd (57)

Woodland is making his fifth-consecutive start in the QBE Shootout, with last year’s T4 finish with Brendan Steele his best showing

Woodland is coming off a 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season which included a victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, his third career TOUR title. So far this season, he has amassed three top-10 finishes in five starts, highlighted by a solo-second at THE CJ CUP @ NINE Bridges

Hoffman is making his fourth start in the QBE Shootout, with T3s in 2015 (Daniel Berger) and 2016 (Billy Horschel) his best showings.

Horschel and Woodland are playing together for the second year (2016/T3)

Patton Kizzire/Brian Harman (125/-19)

Birdies came at Nos. 6, 7, 10, 13, 15 and 17. A bogey at the par-3 eighth was offset in part by an eagle-3 at No. 14

While Kizzire is making his first QBE Shootout Start, Harman is making his second (w/ Pat Perez in 2017/T3)

On the strength of PGA TOUR wins at the 2017 Mayakoba Golf Classic and 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii, Kizzire finished the 2017-18 season ranked 30th in the FedExCup standings

Harman amassed a career-best eight top-10 finishes in 2017-18, good for a 48th-place finish in the FedExCup standings

In four starts this season, Kizzire’s best showing is T15 in his adopted hometown of Sea Island, GA at The RSM Classic. Harman, a Saint Simon’s Island, GA resident, also secured his best finish in four starts at The RSM Classic (T32)

Miscellaneous Notes

With a win this week, Stricker and O’Hair would become the third team to successfully defend their QBE Shootout title; Brad Faxon/Scott McCarron (2000, 2001) and Jeff Sluman/Hank Kuehne (2003, 2004)

Founded by World Golf Hall of Fame Member Greg Norman in 1989, this week’s QBE Shootout marks the 30th playing of the event.

Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Resort in Naples, Fla. has now been home to the QBE Shootout for 18 consecutive years (2001).

The 12 two-person teams were selected on the following criteria:

  • Defending champions
  • The top 12 available players from the 2017-18 FedExCup points list
  • 10 special exemptions (a minimum of four come from the top 40 on the PGA TOUR career money list)

Competitors in the 2018 QBE Shootout have combined for 90 victories (80 on the PGA TOUR and 10 by Lexi Thompson on the LPGA).

Ten of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking are in this week’s QBE Shootout, highlighted by Bryson DeChambeau at No. 5.

Players making their first start in the QBE Shootout: Cameron Champ (with Kevin Kisner), Kevin Na (with Bryson DeChambeau), Andrew Landry (with Luke Donald), Emiliano Grillo (with Graeme McDowell), Luke List (with Charles Howell III), Patton Kizzire (with Brian Harman) and Harold Varner III (with Bubba Watson).

Two former FedExCup champions are among the 24-player field: Brandt Snedeker (2012) and Billy Horschel (2014). Snedeker celebrated his 38th birthday during Saturday’s second round.