QBE Shootout: Marc Leishman, Jason Day early leaders at unofficial PGA Tour team event in Florida | Golf News

Marc Leishman and Jason Day scored a combined 16-under 56 under scramble format during the opening round in Florida; Graeme McDowell and teammate Corey Conners in second place – watch live Saturday from 6pm on Sky Sports Golf.

Last updated: 21/11/21 6:52


Marc Leishman (left) and Jason Day (right) lead the QBE Shootout

Australian duo Marc Leishman and Jason Day have a one-shot lead after the opening round of the QBE Shootout in Florida.

The unofficial PGA Tour event at Tiburon Golf Course, hosted by former world number 1 Greg Norman, sees two-player teams competing in three formats during the three-day tournament.

The opening round was played in a scramble format, where players choose the team’s best shot and each game from there, with Leishman and Day threatening the tournament record with their 16-under 56s.

Leishman pocketed twice for eagle and the team recorded 12 more birdies on a bogey-free day, leaving them within one shot of the tournament record of 55 points, while Graeme McDowell and Corey Conners share second place with Matt Kuchar and Harris English.

“The only one [eagle on 6 I had a pretty good read off [Day]”Leishman said.” It was a very simple chip, but obviously it still takes a little luck to actually go into the hole.

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“Then the one out of 10, the guys who all beat me in front of me, was on a little mound, I guess you’ll call him. [Day] it was in there at about 10 feet and I had a chance to go straight and go straight at it. “

LPGA Tour star Lexi Thompson is playing the event alongside Bubba Watson, with the pair making an eagle and 11 birdies on the way to a 13-under 59 and a quarter share with Kevin Na and Jason Kokrak.

Bubba Watson and Lexi Thompson are three off the opening lead

Bubba Watson and Lexi Thompson are three off the opening lead

“It was a great day,” said Thompson. “I did some birdies on the front and then he came to the back, hitting the passable hole at about 10 feet and then doing a deuce on his own ball. It’s all great with scramble and teamwork. It’s just a lot of fun.

Round two on Saturday will be played in the modified alternating stroke format, in which both players start and alternate strokes for the remainder of each hole, before Sunday’s final round is the traditional fourball.

Watch the QBE Shootout all weekend live on Sky Sports. The live broadcast continues on Saturday from 6pm on Sky Sports Golf.

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