The PGA Tour breaks away from its usual format this weekend for the QBE Shootout at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida. Twenty-four players will tee it up in pairs at the tournament hosted by Greg Norman, with some of the top golfers in the world in the field.
A whopping $3.3-million purse is on the line, so while it’s generally a fun and relaxed event, it’s certainly profitable for the winners. Rory Sabbatini and Kevin Tway are the defending champions.
At [ol-sportsbook-bp:48:Bovada:26:Bodog], Abraham Ancer and Matthew Wolff are the +600 favorites, with Cameron Champ/Tony Finau (+650) and Louis Oosthuizen/Bubba Watson (+700) following to round out the top three choices on the oddsboard.
2020 QBE Shootout Odds
|Abraham Ancer/Matthew Wolff||+600|
|Cameron Champ/Tony Finau||+650|
|Louis Oosthuizen/Bubba Watson||+700|
|Harris English/Matt Kuchar||+750|
|Marc Leishman/Cameron Smith||+750|
|Sebastian Munoz/Joaquin Niemann||+800|
|Billy Horschel/Brendon Todd||+1100|
|Daniel Berger/Steve Stricker||+1100|
|Lanto Griffin/Mackenzie Hughes||+1200|
|Ryan Palmer/Harold Varner III||+1400|
|Rory Sabbatini/Kevin Tway||+1600|
|Kevin Na/Sean O’Hair||+2800|
Odds as of December 9 at [ol-sportsbook-bp:48:Bovada:26:Bodog]
Rules and Format
The QBE Shootout features a scramble format for the first round on Friday, a modified alternate shot format on Saturday and a final-round better ball on Sunday. Unlike the majority of PGA Tour tournaments, the QBE Shootout is only three days long.
Ancer and Wolff Favored To Win
Abraham Ancer makes his debut at the QBE shootout this year, pairing up with Matthew Wolff, who teamed with Viktor Hovland to finish tied for sixth in last year’s event. The pair have the best odds to win the QBE Shootout at +600.
Ancer and Wolff are two of the top players in the world, both ranking inside golf’s top 25. Ancer most notably finished in a tie for 13th place at the Masters, posting a -8. He also finished tied for 12th last weekend at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Wolff has had a couple of runner-up finishes this past year and has now moved up to ninth in the FedExCup. He is a birdie machine when he’s on with his incredible short game to go along with great striking off the tee.
The pair should get off to a strong start on Friday and should be the ones to set the pace during the scramble part of the tournament.
Which Teams Provide The Best Value
There are two pairs that will be tough to compete against in the QBE Shootout, with Cameron Champ/Tony Finau listed at +650 odds and Harris English/Matt Kuchar at +750.
Champ and Finau have similar games as bombers off the tee who put the ball in play a lot. Their yardages won’t differ a lot from playing their own balls so the alternate shot part of the competition should be relatively easy for the pair.
One thing that works in their favor is the longer than usual course at 7,400 yards. Since the pair strike the ball far with a lot of GIRs (greens in regulation), that should give them a good opportunity to win.
Kuchar and English have a history of success at this tournament. They won in 2013 and 2016 and finished second in 2014 and 2015. Back together for the first time since 2016, they are very familiar with the course and the tournament format, which should give them a leg up on the competition.
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Odds Shark Staff Wed, Jun 29, 9:33am