The QBE Shootout is the new name for the event previously known as the Franklin Templeton Shootout and the Shark Shootout – with the latter deriving its name from the event’s host Greg “The Great White Shark” Norman.
Hosted by the Tiburon Golf Club in Florida, it is a fun 3-day event in which 12 two-men teams play a Scramble on the Friday, a Modified Alternate Shot on the Saturday, and a Better Ball on the Sunday.
2017 QBE Shootout Betting Guide
English & Kuchar 5/1, Chappell & Kisner 15/2, Hoffman & Z. Johnson 15/2, Harman & Perez 15/2, Berger & Woodland, Snedeker & Watson 11/1, Lowry & McDowell 11/1, Bradley & Steele 12/1, Henley & Stanley 12/1, Dufner & Horschel 16/1, O’Hair & Stricker 25/1, Finau & Thompson 40/1
It’s hard to know which pairs will gel this week in what is a fun tournament for the 24 players involved, who rarely get to play the three formats of golf used this week.
The three formats are very different too, with the Scramble and Betterball lending themselves more to the adventurous players, however these types of players could easily come unstuck when asked to play alternate shots.
One pairing who have already proved their suitability for the event is English and Kuchar, and the pair are bidding for a third victory after wins in 2013 and 2016, and second-placed finishes in 2014 and 2015. However, with English not at his best of late, I can let the 5/1 slide.
I’m not sure the event will mean that much to Chappell and Kisner, both of whom had decent seasons on the PGA Tour, whilst Zach Johnson has never relished this test, and partner Charley Hoffman must be feeling aggrieved with Rickie Fowler’s last round 61 last week – though, hopefully, blog followers enjoyed it.
Other pairings that may lack the consistency this week include Berger and Woodland, the out-of-form Snedeker and Watson, Bradley and Steele, Dufner and Horschel, Finau and Thomspon, and Stricker and O’Hair.
That leaves us with the inform pair of Harman and Perez, the all-Irish pairing of Lowry and McDowell, and Henley and Stanley. I think Lowry and McDowell would love to win this together, however I’m not sure McDowell has been playing well enough of late. He could be motivated playing alongside his fellow countrymen, but I just prefer the other two pairings.
Perez has been playing great of late, whilst Harman has the kind of neat and tidy game that could be the perfect foil for Perez’s more attacking style. Meanwhile, young-guns Stanley and Henley could also be a great combination. Stanley has one of the best tee-to-green games around, whilst Henley is one of the hottest-putters on the planet on his day.
2017 OBE Shootout Tips
Harman & Perez 1.5 Points Each-Way @ 7/1 BetBright, Betway
Henley & Stanley 1 Point Each-Way @ 23/2 Marathon