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Final Round Notes – Sunday, December 9, 2018
Format R1/Scramble, R2/Modified Alternate Shot, R3/Better Ball
Weather Mostly cloudy, with a high of 80. Light showers in the afternoon. SW wind 10-20 mph.
Final Round Leaderboard
Patton Kizzire/Brian Harman 59-66-61—186(-30)
Emiliano Grillo/Graeme McDowell59-66-62—187(-29)
Bryson DeChambeau/Kevin Na 59-67-62—188(-28)
Charles Howell III/Luke List61-66-61—188(-28)
Charley Hoffman/Gary Woodland61-64-63—188(-28)
Harold Varner III/Bubba Watson62-67-60—189(-27)
Tony Finau/Lexi Thompson61-67-65—193(-23)
Sean O’Hair/Steve Stricker62-67-65—194(-22)
Billy Horschel/Brandt Snedeker63-67-64—194(-22)
Luke Donald/Andrew Landry63-68-65—196(-20)
Pat Perez/Kyle Stanley63-68-67—198(-18)
Cameron Champ/Kevin Kisner 63-71-68—202(-14)
Patton Kizzire/Brian Harman (1st/-30)

Birdies came at Nos. 1, 3, 4, 9-11 and 13-15. An eagle-3 at No. 17 moved the duo to their eventual winning total of 30-under 186

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

Twelve players have now 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), Cameron Tringale (2014) and Patton Kizzire (2018)

Kizzire and Harman began the final round tied for the lead of 19-under with Emiliano Grillo and Charley Hoffman/Gary Woodland

The second-round lead/co-lead at the QBE Shootout has now held up 18 of 30 times, including the 2017 and 2018 teams

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)

Graeme McDowell/Emiliano Grillo (2nd/-29)

Birdies came at Nos. 3, 7, 8 and 11-17

With a win, the team would have become just the second international team to win the QBC Shootout (Greg Norman/Steve Elkingotn-1998)

McDowell was making his seventh start in the QBE Shootout, with runner-up finishes in 2017 (Shane Lowry), 2010 (Darren Clarke) and 2018 (Emiliano Grillo). Grillo was 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

Luke List/Charles Howell III (T3/-28)

Highlighted by eagles at the par-4 13th and par-5 17th holes, the team made birdies at Nos. 1, 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 18. Their lone bogey came at the par-4 second hole

While List was making his first start in the QBE Shootout, Howell was competing in his 10th tournament start. His best finish is runner-up with Rory Sabbatini in 2012

Last month, Howell III followed a T5 finish at the season-opening Safeway Open with a playoff victory three starts later at The RSM Classic, his third career TOUR victory and first since 2007

List is coming off a 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season highlighted by five top-10 finishes. His best among them was a playoff loss to Justin Thomas at The Honda Classic. In just three starts this season, he has collected a pair of T4 finishes (Safeway Open, The RSM Classic)

Gary Woodland/Charley Hoffman (T3/-28)

Gary Woodland aced No. 5 from 202 yards with a 5-iron, the only hole-in-one during the week. In addition to the eagle, the team made birdies at Nos. 1, 3, 8, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 18. The only bogey of the day came at the par-4 seventh hole.

Woodland’s ace marked the third in QBE Shootout history and was the first since Nick Price at No. 12 in the first round of 2011. Tim Clark made the first QBE Shootout ace, also at No. 12, in the final round of 2009

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

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

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

Miscellaneous Notes

Lowest round of the day: 60 (Harold Varner III/Bubba Watson)

The lowest-ever tournament score in Better Ball belongs to the 1996 team of Craig Stadler and Lanny Wadkins (57)

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

Tiburon 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 were in this week’s QBE Shootout, highlighted by Bryson DeChambeau at No. 5

Players who made their first start in the 2018 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 were among the 24-player field: Brandt Snedeker (2012) and Billy Horschel (2014)