QBE Shootout

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The QBE Shootout[1] is a team golf event that takes place on the PGA Tour as an unofficial money event. It was originally played during the off-season, but now it is played during the wrap-around season's December break.

QBE Shootout
QBE Shootout logo.png
Tournament information
LocationNaples, Florida
Course(s)Tiburón Golf Club (Gold Course)
Length7,288 yards
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatTeam stroke play
(unofficial event)
Prize fund$3,300,000
Month playedDecember
Tournament record score
Aggregate182 Fred Couples & Raymond Floyd (1990)
Current champion
United States Harris English & United States Matt Kuchar
Tiburón GC is located in the United States
Tiburón GC
Tiburón GC
Location in the United States

The event began in 1989, as the RMCC Invitational. It is hosted by golfer Greg Norman. The tournament was soon renamed the Shark Shootout after Norman's nickname, and has had several names since (see Winners below ). The first eleven editions of the tournament were played at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California (1989–99). It was then played for one year at Doral Resort & Spa, on the Norman designed Great White Course, before moving to Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida in 2001, where it is played over the Norman designed Gold Course.[2]


The Shootout is a 3-day, 54-hole stroke play event in which teams of two compete. The format since 2014 has been:[3]

  • First round – scramble – also known as ambrose or best-shot. Each player in a team tees off on each hole, and the players decide which shot was better. Every player then plays their second shot from within a clublength of where that shot came to rest (and no closer to the hole), and the procedure is repeated until the hole is finished.
  • Second round – greensomes (i.e. modified alternate shot) – also known as Scotch Foursomes. Follows the same format as foursomes (teams use only one ball per team, taking alternate shots until the hole is completed) except that both players tee off on every hole. The better ball is chosen and alternate strokes are then played to complete the hole.
  • Final round – better ball (i.e. fourball). Each golfer plays their own ball from where it lies throughout the round. A team's number of strokes for a given hole is that of the lower scoring team member. It is also known as best ball or, more properly, better ball.

Broadcasting historyEdit

The event was originally broadcast in the United States by the USA Network and CBS, with USA broadcasting the first round on a tape-delayed basis, and CBS handling the second round live – it was then a two-round tournament. Not all the country saw the final round live, as CBS's commitment to the NFL only allowed part of the country to see the round as it took place, with the rest of the U.S. seeing the event beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

In 2007, the event was moved to December, and was broadcast live by both Golf Channel and NBC. It remained on these networks through 2013. In 2014, weekend coverage moved to Fox, where Norman had become an analyst. The telecast served as a prelude to Fox's coverage of the 2015 U.S. Open.[4] In 2017, weekend coverage returned to NBC.


QBE Shootout

Franklin Templeton Shootout

Shark Shootout

Merrill Lynch Shootout

Franklin Templeton Shootout

Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout

Franklin Funds Shark Shootout

Shark Shootout Benefiting RMCC

RMCC Invitational


  1. ^ "QBE signs on as title sponsor for QBE Shootout". SponsorPitch.
  2. ^ "QBE Shootout".
  3. ^ "Silly-season event adjusts format". ESPN. October 28, 2014.
  4. ^ Handel, Craig (December 10, 2014). "Fox set for golf debut at new-look Franklin Templeton Shootout". Star Tribune. Associated Press. Retrieved December 11, 2014.

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