QBE Shootout Golf Betting Tips
Get the latest golf betting tips for the QBE Shootout from Bet UK’s golf betting expert, Luke Tredget.
Tiburon golf club in Naples, Florida, once again hosts the QBE Shootout which is a team event where the players play in pairs. Despite heavy bunkering, the lack of rough on the course means birdies will be numerous and we can expect a winning score of better than 20 under par. There are twelve teams competing this year.
Round 1: Scramble: Both players tee off then select their best ball, then both players play a shot from there and repeat this process until the hole is completed. Round 2: Modified Alternate Shot: Both players tee off before selecting their best ball. After that it’s an alternate shot format just like traditional foursomes. Round 3: Fourballs: Both players in a team play their own ball and their best score on each hole counts.
The twelve teams
Bryson Dechambeau & Kevin Na, Cameron Champ & Kevin Kisner, Billy Horschel & Brandt Snedeker, Charles Howell & Luke List, Gary Woodland & Charley Hoffman, Pat Perez & Kyle Stanley, Bubba Watson & Harold Varner, Emiliano Grillo & Graeme McDowell, Sean O’Hair & Steve Stricker, Tony Finau & Lexi Thompson, Patton Kizzire & Brian Harman and Luke Donald & Andrew Landry.
Champ and Kisner will be our main bet in this event at Bet UK’s 19/4*. Champ has been nothing short of sensational in the last couple months posting a string of excellent finishes including a victory in the Sanderson Farms Championship. Champ is the most powerful player on the planet, he hits monstrous drives that make even the likes of Dustin Johnson and Rory Mcilroy look like average hitters. This will be his first look at Tiburon, but with the course set up to create excitement (a lack of rough and plenty of birdie opportunities) we can fully expect the precocious Californian to enjoy the layout and take advantage. Kevin Kisner is much more of a steady type, but will revel in the chance to play iron shots from places he can normally only dream of. He arrives here on the back of a 7th place finish in the RSM classic and unlike Champ he has played in this event twice before and has a 4th place finish to his name. This looks an incredibly strong pairing and arguably they should be favourites for the event rather than second in the betting behind Dechambeau and Na.
We’ll have a second wager in this limited field event, although it will be little more than a cover shot given the confidence behind Champ and Kisner. Horschel and Snedeker are regulars in this end of season jamboree although have never been paired together. Snedeker won the event (with Jason Dufner) back in 2015 and Horschel has four top 5’s here to fall back on. As a pairing they should complement each other well, Horschel is a top class operator tee to green with few long game weaknesses whilst Snedeker is a fabulous putter. Horschel has been playing consistently well since August and had an excellent Fed-Ex Cup series. Brandt Snedeker’s form is rather more patchy, his long game is clearly below the very best in the world but with Horschel expected to do plenty of the tee to green work this week they could be the team to push Champ and Kisner hardest.
The Rest Of The Teams
Dechambeau and Na head the market with Bet UK, mainly due to Dechambeau’s sensational late season form which has seen him rack up three victories since late August. The golfing scientist played this event in 2016 when paired with Lexi Thompson and predictably struggled. However Dechambeau has come on leaps and bounds since then and without being disrespectful to the wonderfully talented Thompson, Kevin Na is an upgrade as a partner. This will be Na’s first time at Tiburon and he arrives here in moderate form. Na did book a win this season, just his second PGA triumph and he remains a fantastic putter but the suspicion is that this pairing are vulnerable favourites.
Charles Howell and Luke List will have their supporters. The last time we saw Howell on a golf course he was lifting a trophy, so he will arrive here with a spring in his step, and he’s played in this event plenty of times albeit with mixed results. List is a power packed partner for Howell and something of an underachiever given his physical talents. Unfortunately for List, his generally excellent driving is not matched on the greens where he is prone to being a touch clumsy. He does arrive with some good form behind him having finished 4th in two of his last three starts and overall it’s easy to envisage a decent showing from this pairing. Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker are the defending champions, last year’s victory came as something of a surprise and a repeat triumph appears unlikely. Stricker is pretty much a part time golfer these days and will be seen far more on the senior tour than the PGA from now on and O’Hair has had a miserable season.
Of the remaining teams we can safely dismiss Luke Donald and Andrew Landry, neither of whom are playing remotely well enough to contend here. Tony Finau and Lexi Thompson did incredibly well to finish 4th last year, Thompson may be a big hitter on the female tour but her game is exposed when playing with the men. Finau is playing top notch golf week in week out currently, but would need to play ridiculously well to end up in the winner’s enclosure this week. Hoffman and Woodland and Perez and Stanley are not entirely ruled out but make little appeal at the prices, whilst the pair of bombers Watson and Varner may have one or two disaster holes that the other teams don’t. Grillo and McDowell won’t make many mistakes off the tee, but whilst Grillo’s future in the game looks promising, McDowell’s best days are almost certainly behind him. Kizzire and Harman complete the twelve and they probably lack the dynamism needed this week to be considered anything other than unlikely winners.
|3pts EW||Cameron Champ & Kevin Kisner||19/4*|
|1.5pts EW||Billy Horschel & Brandt Snedeker||23/4*|
*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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