QBE Shootout R2

Matt Kuchar and Harris English take 5-shot lead in Florida

December 11-12
Tiburón Golf Course, Naples, Florida
$3,600,000
Round 1, Round 3




Matt Kuchar and Harris English started the day tied in third place at 14-under after a first round 58 in scramble format.


They opened their second round with five consecutive birdies and closed it with six more for a 61 in modified alternate-shot play. They take a five-stroke lead in the QBE Shootout at 25-under, 119 total.

“I feel like our games really fit this format well,” said English. “He does a lot of stuff that I’m not great at and maybe I do some stuff that he’s not great at. It’s just fun. It’s very relaxing out there.”



The final round will use the better ball format.

“There’s still a need to make lots of birdies,” said Kuchar. “I think this best-ball format, guys are going to shoot some low scores. Whatever the lead is, pars aren’t going to be helping out very much. We’ve got to still make a bunch of birdies tomorrow to try to protect the lead.”


Kevin Na and Sean O’Hair, who led after their first round 56, made five birdies and one bogey at the par-3 5th to close with a 68 and take second place at 20-under.

“Alternate shot’s a tough format,” said Na. “I don’t know what these guys played that are leading, but we were saying anything better than 5-under was a good score. We fell one short of what our minimum was, but it’s tough.”



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Rookies Lanto Griffin and Mackenzie Hughes also shot 68 to stay in third place and are tied with Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen (66) at 18-under.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
English/Kuchar
-25
58
61
119
2
Na/O’Hair
-20
56
68
124
T3
Griffin/Hughes
-18
58
68
126
T3
Oosthuizen/Watson
-18
60
66
126
T5
Champ/Finau
-17
59
68
127
T5
Sabbatini/Tway
-17
59
68
127
T7
Horschel/Todd
-16
62
66
128
T7
Palmer/Varner III
-16
57
71
128
T9
Berger/Stricker
-15
60
69
129
T9
Leishman/Smith
-15
62
67
129
11
Munoz/Niemann
-14
61
69
130
12
Ancer/Wolff
-13
62
69
131
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