2020 QBE Shootout Recap

Naples, Florida – 37-under par.  Yes, you read that correctly, Matt Kuchar and Harris English broke the QBE Shootout record (which was also set by them in 2013) for a 9-shot victory this weekend in Florida.

The QBE Shootout is a typical “off-season” event where players team up in teams of 2 over 54-holes.  It started in California but for the past 19 years, it’s held at Tiburon Golf Club at the Norman-designed Gold Course, which is appropriate given the host is the shark himself.

Fellow Sea Island residents Matt Kuchar and Harris English have won this event 3 times now but this one was a bit more special.  Matt Kuchar’s 13-year-old son was on the bag this week for the first time ever.  (Let’s hope his son negotiated a better caddy payout than Kuchar’s last stand-in.)  The pair will both play together next week in the PNC Championship but as playing partners this time.

There wasn’t much competition as the winning duo went birdie-eagle-birdie to tidy up their third victory together.  Second place had a three-way tie at 28-under with defending champions Rory Sabbatini and Kevin Tway, Lanto Griffin and Mackenzie Hughes, and Kevin Na and Sean O’Hair.

Next week the PNC Championship will take place as father and son duos will join forces to battle it out.

Matt Kuchar WITB:

Driver: Bridgestone Tour B JGR 9.5˚ (Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 6S)

3-wood: TaylorMade M6 13.5˚ (Fujikura Speeder Evolution 757 X)

Hybrids: Bridgestone Tour B XD-H 18˚ & Ping Anser 20˚ (Fujikura Motore Speeder TS 8.8 X)

Irons: Bridgestone J15CB (5-PW) (True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 S300)

Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Forged, (52˚), (Aerotech Steelfiber i110X) Cleveland RTX-4 (57˚) (KBS Tour 120 S) Cleveland RTX-3, (63˚) (KBS Tour 120 S)

Putter: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

Harris English WITB:

Driver: Ping G400 9 degrees
Shaft: Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70 X

3-wood: Ping G400 14.5 degrees (Fujikura Atmos Blue Tour Spec 7 X)

Irons: Ping G410 Crossover 3iron 21 degrees (Fujikura Atmos Black Hybrid 9X) Ping Blueprint (4-9) True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0 (46SS, 52SS, 56SS) (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100); Ping Glide Forged (60SS) True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping Scottsdale Hohum

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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