WITB: Brian Harman & Patton Kizzire, QBE Shootout


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):

Brian Harman

Patton Kizzire

South African Open

Louis Oosthuizen South African Open Champion

Louis Oosthuizen poses with his trophy on Dec. 9 after winning the South African Open Championship played at the Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg. (Catherine Kotze / EPA)

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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Keith Schneider

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Keith SchneiderAge: 34 Handicap: 4.9 Introduction to golf: Age 14 Playing years: 20 Rounds per year: 75+ Hole in Ones: 1WITB Driver: Titleist TS2 10.5° Project X HZRDUS Smoke 65 6.5 3 Wood: Cobra King F9 Fairway Wood 3-Wood Project X HZRDUS Smoke 75 6.5 2-Iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi KBS Tour C Taper Lite Stiff 1° weak 1.5° upright Irons: Mizuno MP-68 (4-PW) +1/2" Dynamic Gold X100 2° upright Wedge: Titleist Vokey SM7 51° 8° bounce Dynamic Gold S400 F Grind Wedge: Titleist Vokey SM7 Wedge Works 55° 14° bounce Dynamic Gold S400 F Grind Wedge: Titleist Vokey SM7 Wedge Works 60° 6° bounce Dynamic Gold S400 K Grind Putter: Scotty Cameron Studio Style Newport 2 35" Balls: Titleist ProV1x, TaylorMade Tour Preferred X or Callaway Chrome Soft X

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