QBE Shootout

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QBE Shootout
Tournament information
Location Naples, Florida
Established 1989
Course(s) Tiburón Golf Club (Gold course)
Par 72
Length 7,288 yards
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Team stroke play
Prize fund $3,100,000
Month played December
Tournament record score
Aggregate 182 Fred Couples & Raymond Floyd (1990)
Current champion
United States Harris English & United States Matt Kuchar
Tiburón GC is located in the US
Tiburón GC
Tiburón GC
Location in the United States

The QBE Shootout[1] is a team golf event that takes place on the PGA Tour. It is an unofficial money event originally played after the season but now played during the wrap-around season's December break.

The event began in 1989, and is hosted by legendary golfer Greg Norman. The event takes place at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida, a WCI community featuring 36 holes of Norman-designed golf. The first eleven editions of the tournament were played at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California (1989–99). It was then played for one year at Doral Resort & Spa, on the Greg Norman-designed White Course, before moving to Tiburon in 2001.[2]

Format[edit]

The Shootout is a 3-day, 54-hole stroke play event in which teams of two compete. The format since 2014 has been:[3]

  • First round – scramble – also known as ambrose or best-shot; each player in a team tees off on each hole, and the players decide which shot was best. Every player then plays their second shot from within a clublength of where the best shot has come to rest (and no closer to the hole), and the procedure is repeated until the hole is finished.
  • Second round – greensomes (i.e. modified alternate shot) – also known as Scotch Foursomes, follows the same format as foursomes (teams use only one ball per team, taking alternate shots until the hole is completed) except that both players tee off on every hole. The better ball is chosen and alternate strokes are then played to complete the hole.
  • Final round – better ball (i.e. fourball) – Each golfer plays their own ball from where it lies throughout the round. A team's number of strokes for a given hole is that of the lower scoring team member. It is also known as best ball or, more properly, better ball.

Broadcasting history[edit]

The event was originally broadcast in the United States by the USA Network and CBS, with USA broadcasting the first round on a tape-delayed basis, and CBS handling the second round live. Not all the country saw the final round live, as CBS's commitment to the NFL only allows part of the country to see the round as it takes place, with the rest of the U.S. seeing the event beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. In 2007, the event was moved to December, and was broadcast live by both Golf Channel and NBC. It remained on these networks through 2013.

In 2014, weekend coverage moved to Fox, for which host Norman is an analyst. The telecast served as a prelude to Fox's coverage of the 2015 U.S. Open.[4]

Winners[edit]

Franklin Templeton Shootout

Shark Shootout

Merrill Lynch Shootout

Franklin Templeton Shootout

Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout

Franklin Funds Shark Shootout

Shark Shootout Benefiting RMCC

RMCC Invitational

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