The QBE Shootout will take place alongside the President’s Cup, providing golf enthusiasts the option of channel surfing this weekend. The venue for the tournament is the Tiburon at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida, a tight course that rewards accuracy and a strong short game.
The tournament is just three rounds, rather than four, and forgoes having a cut. Day 1 will begin on Friday, which will give you plenty of time to get your President’s Cup fix in before tuning in to the QBE Shootout.
The field for the QBE Shootout features a unique setup, with 12 different two-player teams. The QBE is also not lacking star power. Bubba Watson and Charles Howell III are paired together in the most talented group overall. In addition, the current #1 player in the early FedEx Cup standings, Brendon Todd, will be paired up with Billy Horschel and that two-some is the betting favorite to win the shootout.
At +445 one could question the value of betting on this pair. But if current form is a major factor, Todd is the hottest player heading into this tournament, having finished first, first and fourth in his last three events. Horschel also has experience at the QBE, but it hasn’t been particularly good, finishing in last place in 2018, and eight in 2017. However, Horschel hails from Florida and conceivably should have an advantage at this course.
Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff are the second favorites to win the shootout at +585. The two formerly played together at Oklahoma State, so chemistry will be their main advantage over the rest of the field. Hovland is a top 100 player in the world, and Matthew Wolff is approaching the double digits as well.
Andrew Putnam and Corey Conners have the third shortest odds to win at +685. Putnum was fifth on the PGA Tour in putting last year, and putting prowess is highly valued at the Tiburon, rather than pure power.
Jason Kokrak and J.T. Poston are rookies to the QBE Shootout. But their combination of consistency may reward them on a tight, challenging course.
Bubba Watson and Charles Howell III jump off the page at +805, but the problem, surprisingly, might be Bubba. He finished in last place at last week’s Hero World Challenge, and motivation may again be lacking in this tournament where he similarly finished in last place when paired with Rickie Fowler. Howell is strong with the putter though, and the odds are long enough that a bet on talent isn’t out of the question. The course, though, clearly does not suit Watson and his power game.
The other group with the best name recognition is Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter. This group has even longer odds than Watson and Howell at +900 and might be a much stronger bet given that this is the best putting twosome in the tournament.
The dark horse duo in this tournament is Charley Hoffman and Kevin Kisner. Hoffman has finished in third place on three separate occasions in this tournament, and Kisner is coming off a seventh-place performance in the Hero Challenge.
Odds to win the QBE Shootout:
- Billy Horschel and Brendon Todd +445
- Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff +585
- Andrew Putnam and Corey Conners +685
- Jason Kokrak and J.T. Poston +685
- Bubba Watson and Charles Howell III +805
- Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell +900
- Harold Varner III and Ryan Palmer +1000
- Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman +1050
- Brian Harman and Patton Kizzire +1225
- Kevin Chappell and Chez Reavie +1485
- Rory Sabbatini and Kevin Tway +1600
- Lexi Thompson and Sean O’Hair +5000
By Kyle Johansen