The PGA Tour makes their annual return to Southwest Florida this weekend. Tiburon will host the event for the 21st consecutive year. The event moved to Naples for the 2001 event, and has found a home. This is one of just a handful of team events on the Tour schedule. This is regularly the smallest field of any event on tour all season. There are Ryder Cup members, President’s Cup participants, former world #1’s, and even a pair of LPGA players in the field of 24. here’s the 2022 QBE Shootout preview.
This Year’s Field
Lexi Thompson and Nelly Korda are the LPGA players in the field. Korda ranks #2 in the world while Thompson is 7th in the OWGR. Max Homa, who is also the top ranked male player in the field, partners with Kevin Kisner. Former World #1 Jason Day pairs with Florida Gator Billy Horschel. This year’s field is one of the better in recent memory. Matt Kuchar and Harris English are the oldest duo in the field. Corey Conners and K.H. Lee are one of the top-ranked pairs in the field. Cameron Young makes his first appearance in the tournament partnering with Steve Stricker. This year’s field is one of the strongest ever.
There are three formats over three rounds. Round 1 is a scramble, Round 2 is modified alternate shot, and the final round is 4-ball. In a scramble each player plays the same shot and they take the best shot. In modified alternate shot both players hit a tee shot and they alternate shots until the ball is in the hole. The 4-ball format is where everybody plays their own ball and the team takes the better score. Historically a majority of the scoring happens in the opening round and the final round. Teams can make up a ton of ground of Saturday. The day where you see the most volatility on the leaderboard. Lets look at the teams in our QBE Shootout preview.