QBE Shootout R1

Kevin Na and Sean O'Hair take opening lead in Florida

December 11-12
Tiburón Golf Course, Naples, Florida
$3,600,000
Round 2, Round 3




Kevin Na and Sean O’Hair shot a 16-under 56 together in the scramble format to take a 1-shot lead in the QBE Shootout at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida.


They fired twelve birdies and two eagles on the par-5s 6th and 17th.

“My job was to just put it in play, and Sean hit a lot of bombs out there, was 30, 40 yards ahead of me,” said Na. “It was nice to hit a lot less club than I normally do. And he hit some great shots. His ball-striking was great. He made a good amount of putts. He was the one that always went first and I was able to see the line and I felt pretty good with the putter today.”



O’Hair is a two-time champion in the event with Kenny Perry in 2012 and Steve Stricker in 2017.

“It felt pretty easy today just watching him putt and make everything he looked at,” said O’Hair. “Just kind of kept the momentum going. There was a couple putts that were crucial I think to do that.”


Behind them at 15-under are Ryan Palmer and Harold Varner III who only missed three birdies in their round at the5th, 15th and 16th.

“It’s a fun, good time out there,” said Palmer. “We both putt the ball well and we were able to shoot a low one.”

Lanto Griffin and Mackenzie Huges are tied in third place with Harris English and Matt Kuchar at 14-under.



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Defending champions Rory Sabbatini and Kevin Tway are tied in fifth with Cameron Champ and Tony Finau at 13-under.

The twelve pairs will compete in modified alternate shots on Saturday and better ball on Sunday.

“Tomorrow’s a tough format, the toughest format, but I think as long as we just keep it in play and make a few putts, we’ll be right there come Sunday,” said O’Hair.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Na/O’Hair
-16
56
2
Palmer/Varner III
-15
57
T3
English/Kuchar
-14
58
T3
Griffin/Hughes
-14
58
T5
Champ/Finau
-13
59
T5
Sabbatini/Tway
-13
59
T7
Berger/Stricker
-12
60
T7
Oosthuizen/Watson
-12
60
9
Munoz/Niemann
-11
61
T10
Ancer/Wolff
-10
62
T10
Horschel/Todd
-10
62
T10
Leishman/Smith
-10
62
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