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QBE Shootout: Previous winners value in new pairing

Steve Stricker – Sean O’Hair’s partner in Florida
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Our man takes a quick look at this week's PGA Tour team event in Florida where 12 teams of two will attempt to take the QBE Shootout title...

“This is not an event to take too seriously but the pairing I’m going to throw a few pounds at is Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair. Stricker won the tournament with his close friend, Jerry Kelly, in 2009 and O’Hair won with another veteran, Kenny Perry, in 2012.”

Tournament History

Formally known as the Shark Shootout and the Franklin Templeton Shootout and in existence since 1989, this will be the 29th edition of the Greg Norman-hosted QBE Shootout.

Tournament Format

The QBE Shootout is a 12 two-man team event staged over three days with the following format.

Friday - First Round, Scramble
Saturday- Second Round, Modified Alternate Shot
Sunday - Final Round, Better Ball


Venue

Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, Florida


Hole-by-Hole Course Details


TV Coverage

Coverage on Sky Sports all three days, starting at 18:30 on Friday


Last Five Winners

2016 - Harris English & Matt Kuchar
2015 - Jason Dufner & Brandt Snedeker
2014 - Jason Day & Cameron Tringale
2013 - Harris English & Matt Kuchar
2012 - Sean O'Hair & Kenny Perry


Fancied Pairings

Harris English & Matt Kuchar
Harris English isn't in the best of form this year but he and fellow defending champ, Matt Kuchar, have to be respected. In addition to winning the event in both 2013 and 2016, they were also second in 2014 and 2015. They clearly love the tournament and if they were to go and win it a third time it wouldn't be a surprise.

Kevin Chappell & Kevin Kisner
Kevin Chappell finally got off the mark on the PGA Tour in April when he won the Valero Texas Open and Kevin Kisner won his second PGA Tour title a month later at the Dean & Deluca Invitational. Chappell hasn't played since he surprisingly missed the cut at the OHL Classic in Mexico but Kisner was in fine fettle when last sighted - finishing fourth in the RSM Classic, a month after he'd finished third at the Tour Championship. The pair debuted in the event last year when they finished a respectable fourth and they're a pair to be reckoned with.

Brian Harman & Pat Perez
Tournament debutants Brian Harman and Pat Perez have both won on the PGA Tour this year and both bring strong recent form to the table. Harman has finished inside the top eight places in each of his last three outings and Perez won the CIMB Classic less than two months ago. They're both playing well but the fact that they're both playing the event for the first time is a bit off-putting.

Charley Hoffman & Zach Johnson
A year after debuting alongside his pal, Billy Horschel (the pair finished third), Charley Hoffman joins forces with veteran, Zach Johnson. Hoffman has to raise his spirits after Sunday's disappointment at the Hero World Challenge where gave up a five-stroke 54 hole lead and Johnson, who has never looked like doing any good here, has to fine some tournament form from somewhere. They look like a pair to swerve.


Selection

This is not an event to take too seriously but the pairing I'm going to throw a few pounds at is Steve Stricker and Sean O'Hair. Stricker won the tournament with his close friend, Jerry Kelly, in 2009 and O'Hair won with another veteran, Kenny Perry, in 2012.

Stricker and Kelly finished second last year and O'Hair and Perry finished fifth so the brand new pairing has both winning and recent tournament form.


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