One of the most unique golf tournaments of the year starts on Friday when PGA players and Lexi Thompson from the LPGA step onto the Tiburon Golf Course in Naples for the 2021 QBE Shootout. The tournament is in a team format. Pairs of golfers play a scramble on Friday. Saturday’s second round is a modified alternate shot and then on Sunday, two people squads play four-ball. Check out odds and an odds analysis for one of 2021’s most intriguing tournaments.
2021 QBE Shootout Tournament Info
- When: Thursday, Dec. 9 – Sunday, Dec. 12
- Where: Tiburon Golf Course, Naples, FL
- TV: Golf Channel
- Live Stream: GolfChannel.com
- Purse: $3.6 million
- Defending Champ: Matt Kuchar, Harris English
Odds to Win the 2021 QBE Shootout
- Sam Burns-Billy Horschel +400
- Jason Kokrak-Kevin Na +550
- Harris English-Matt Kuchar +650
- Max Homa-Kevin Kisner +700
- Jason Day-Marc Leishman +800
- Corey Conners-Graeme McDowell +1100
- Sean O’Hair-Will Zalatoris +1200
- Matt Jones-Ryan Palmer +1200
- Ian Poulter-Charles Howell III +1200
- Brian Harman-Hudson Swafford +1200
- K.H. Lee-Brandt Snedeker +1600/li>
- Bubba Watson-Lexi Thompson +3300/li>
Which golfers among Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa have the best chances of winning the 2021 QBE Shootout?
The chalk should be tough. Sam Burns and Billy Horschel accumulated fourteen top 10 finishes in the 2020-2021 PGA Season. Dubbed the SEC team, because Burns is from LSU and Horschel is from Florida, the pair could surprise in their first foray at the QBE. Kokrak and Na will have a shot. Na tied second last year when he paired with Sean O’Hair. Kevin brings experience and Jason brings the hot sticks. Kokrak won the Houston Open in November.So the duo could get it done. But the team to really consider backing among the top three odds choices is Harris English and M
att Kuchar. English and Kuchar partner for the seventh time. The two won the QBE Shootout by 9 strokes last year, a record. Among the favorites, the odds make Kuchar and English the best play.
Name a team offering odds of +700 to +1100 that can win the QBE Shootout?
Homa and Kisner should play great. Kevin Kisner played in four straight Shootouts before missing last year. He finished fourth in 2016, pairing with Kevin Chappell. Kisner was undefeated at the 2017 President’s Cup. So he’s used to the format. Partner Max Homa plays in his first QBE Shootout. But Homa won the Fortinet Championship in September. So he’s hit the ball well.
The other team in this odds range to consider is Corey Connors and Graeme McDowell. Connors had a great 2021 with eight top 10 finishes. One of the top 10 finishes was a tied eighth at The Masters. McDowell has finished second three times with three different partners. In 2010, Graeme almost won with Darren Clarke. Then in 2017, he almost took first place with Shane Lowry. 2018 saw McDowell finish second with Emiliano Grillo.
Which team among the four at +1200 odds has the best shot of lifting the QBE Shootout trophy?
The pairing of Sean O’Hair and Will Zalatoris could be difficult to keep from winning. O’Hair has experience at the tournament. O’Hair won with Kenny Perry in 2012 and with Steve Stricker in 2017. He and Stricker wanted to pair together this year, but Steve came down with an illness. Will Zalatoris will take Stricker’s place. Zalatoris is the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, which means he should play well in all three formats.
Does K.H. Lee and Brandt Snedeker or Bubba Watson and Lexi Thompson have any shot of winning the QBE Shootout?
Snedeker won in 2015 with Jason Dufner. Although this is K.H. Lee’s first QBE Shootout, Lee took the AT&T Byron Nelson last May. He’s also recorded decent finishes in his last three tournaments played: a fourteenth at the Shriners in early October, a twenty-fifth at the CJ Cup in mid-October, and an eighteenth at the ZOZO to end October. Lee’s consistent play and Snedeker’s experience makes the second longest shot on the board worth a look.
If you want to take a swing, Lexi and Bubba could get it done. Bubba has incredible Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup experience. Watson’s best finish at the QBE was tied fifth with Louis Oosthuizen last year.
This might be the year Thompson wins the QBE Shootout. She’s making her fifth start. Lexi’s best finished was tied fourth with Tony Finau in 2017. Thompson has the added benefit of finishing second at the Tiburon Golf Club in the CME Group Tour Championshiop last month. She could use that finish to leapfrog her team to a QBE Shootout victory.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.