QBE Shootout Betting Tips & Predictions – Friday 7th December 2018

There aren’t many breaks in the PGA Tour schedule but even the world’s biggest golf tour grinds to a halt over festive period. Whilst most of the world’s best players have already returned home or headed off on holiday, a host of big names are keeping the competitive juices flowing by taking part in the QBE Shootout.

This unofficial money event is a relaxed pair’s tournament which takes place over three days. The teams will play a round of scramble on Friday, greensomes on Saturday and a four-balls on Sunday which will decide the winner. Experience shows that pairs who grasp both the course at Tiburon Golf Club and the laid back nature of the tournament should be fancied so the odds of 6/1 Ladbrokes are quoting on Cameron Champ and Kevin Kisner look very tempting indeed.

Top Tips

Champ/Kisner @ 6/1

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Course Info

Greg Norman hosts the QBE Shootout which takes place at Tiburon Golf Club which features two courses designed by the ‘Great White Shark’. It’s the Gold Course that plays hosting duties for the tournament. As with pretty much every Norman designed course, nature plays a big part in the Gold Course. The players will have to navigate water hazards, trees and some expansive waste areas. Scoring well is well within the capabilities of these top class players should they hit the fairways and the small greens.

CourseLocationLengthPrize Money
Gold Course at Tiburon Golf Club Naples, Florida 7,288 Yards $3,300,000

Recent Winners

That the laid back pairing of Harris English and Matt Kuchar have won the QBE Shootout twice in the last five renewals gives you an insight into the sort of character and style of golf that tends to have an advantage in this unique event. Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair were also not difficult to pick last year as they were well matched and happy to enjoy themselves. Both the Dufner/Snedeker and Day/Tringale partnerships were made up of good friends which is another angle to take.

YearWinnerTo ParWinning Margin
2017 Stricker/O’Hair -26 2 Strokes
2016 English/Kuchar -28 1 Stroke
2015 Dufner/Snedeker -30 2 Strokes
2014 Day/Tringale -32 1 Stroke
2013 English/Kuchar -34 7 Strokes

Analysis: Relaxed, Well Balanced Pairs the Way to Go

It’s probably unfair to call Tiburon Golf Club simply a resort course as the exclusive membership demand that both the Gold and Black Courses are challenging layouts but recent scoring shows that going low is no problem for teams who click. Being able to click is not easy so those pairs who are relaxed in each other’s company and who have different strengths to pull upon should be well placed to challenge.

Kisner to Help Champ to Even More Success

Cameron Champ is the hottest young property in golf. The 23-year-old made an impact on the Web.com Tour shortly after turning professional and it took him just nine PGA Tour starts to win his maiden title in the big leagues. The stomach he showed for the fight to come back from throwing a lead away in the Sanderson Farms was every bit as impressive as his incredibly powerful golf game. There are major championships in Champ’s long term future but for now he is focussing on enjoying himself in the company of Kevin Kisner at the QBE Shootout.

Kisner was originally down to play with Kevin Chappell in Naples. He was disappointed to hear of his friend’s withdrawal but absolutely delighted with his replacement. Kisner is a popular player amongst his peers who will ensure that his young partner enjoys himself but he’s also a steely competitor so expect these two to be right up for the challenge.

Whilst Champ’s game is based around his athleticism, Kisner’s is based around approach play and taking his chances with the putter. Their varying strengths actually simplifies things and should give them a tactical edge across the three different formats so Champ and Kisner look the team the others have to stop at 6/1 with Ladbrokes.

Varner and Watson the Wildcard Pick

Bubba Watson has never been the most straightforward person to get on with on the PGA Tour. He’s a multiple major champion who does great work for charity away from the game but there is something about his nature in the heat of battle that rubs some up the wrong way. Watson’s poor form in the Ryder Cup showed that both his personality and idiosyncratic golf game are not exactly perfect matches for team golf but in Harold Varner III he may just have found the perfect partner.

You won’t find a bad word said about Varner. He’s been able to win friends around the world whilst establishing himself as a PGA Tour player as evidenced by the level of support he received during last week’s Australian PGA Championship where he finished in a tie for 16th. Varner should bring out the more light-hearted side of Watson and together their aggressive style of golf could be just the ticket to competing at the top of the leaderboard at odds of 10/1 with BetVictor.

Final Verdict: Champ and Kisner to Win

The combination of power and precision that’s represented by the pairing of Cameron Champ and Kevin Kisner may well prove to be too much for the competition at the QBE Shootout. They’ve already spoken positively about the chance to play with one another and should enjoy themselves in Naples so back the Champ/Kisner pairing to win at 6/1 with Ladbrokes.

About

Played just two weeks before Christmas and as the final event of the calendar year on the PGA Tour, the QBE Shootout offers a more relaxing format of golf. Instead of the usual individual format, the QBE shootout is made up of pairings and is played over just 54 holes of golf at the Tiburon Golf Club in Florida.

The format includes one round of Texas Scramble, 1 round of Greensomes and the final round as a better ball. The scores from each round are added up between the pair and the winner is the team with the lowest score over the 54 holes.

Whilst the event is a part of the PGA Tour, it's played as unofficial money event. However, it still has a healthy prize pool of $3.3million and has included some illustrious winners of the years, including Jason Day & Cameron Tringale, Dustin Johnson & Ian Poulter, Lee Janzen and Rocco Mediate and Fred Couples & David Duval, to name just a few.

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