PGA Tour – QBE Shootout
Twenty-three men and one woman teed it up in the QBE Shootout at the Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, in Naples, Florida. The event teams up players in pairs for three days of competition. The format for this team event changes daily.
Friday’s scramble round brought ultra-low scores. No team scored worse than a 9-under 63 on Friday, and three teams, including the winning team of Brian Harmon and Patton Kizzire, shot sub-60 rounds.
Players were put to the test during Saturday’s modified alternate shot format. The best round of the day belonged to third place finishers Charley Hoffman and Gary Woodland who fired an impressive 8-under 64.
The lone female, Lexi Thompson, returned to the competition for a second straight year, putting the band back together with long-hitting Tony Finau. The pair were in contention heading into the final day, but (relatively) faltered in Sunday’s Four Ball round shooting 7-under 65 and finishing middle of the pack.
The top 6 teams separated themselves from the bottom half of the leaderboard on Sunday. Harold Varner III and Bubba Watson shot the low round of the day, 12-under 60, but ultimately fell 3 shots short.
Harman and Kizzire’s 11-under 61 on Sunday was good enough to fend off Grillo and McDowell by one stroke. After Kizzire ran his chip shot well under the hole on the 18th green, Harman coolly rolled his putt to a couple feet, almost holing out for birdie and the win. A short tap in later and the team was victorious.
Both players have won twice on the PGA Tour and this post-season win nets them each a nice end of the year bonus of $422,500 each. These are the golf clubs Brian Harman and Patton Kizzire used to win the QBE Shootout.
(As reported by PGATOUR):
TaylorMade Spider OS CB
Titleist 913H, 19°
Shaft: UST Mamiya Axiv Core 100
South African Open
The European Tour made the first of two stops in South Africa last weekend for the South African Open. The field, heavily dominated by native South Africans, took on Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg.
Louis Oosthuizen, who had not played in the South African Open since 2011, returned to the event to accomplish a feat that few players have ever done. He wanted to add his name to the short list of players who have won both the Open Championship and the South African Open.
Entering the final round with a 3-stroke lead, Oosthuizen saw it all but evaporate after bogeys on hole 2 and 3. However, he managed to right the ship and rattled off four birdies to close the opening 9 at 2-under 33.
Oosthuizen began to pull away from the field after the opening nine, but it wasn’t until the par-5 14th hole where he truly had things under control. Following a big drive, Louis stroked a 9-iron to 2 feet and converted the putt for eagle and a six-shot lead. He would not be caught, Oosthuizen secured his first victory since 2016 and cemented his place in South African golf history.
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