Matt Kuchar and Harris English simply went out on a record-breaking Sunday stroll.
Kuchar (pictured left) and English (right) became the first team to win the QBE Shootout three times, shooting a bogey-free 12-under-par 60 in the final round under the 4-ball format to beat three teams by nine strokes strokes on the Gold Course at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla.
“We’ve played as a team long enough and play well together, and that’s how we did it,” said English, who also won the QBE alongside Kuchar in 2013 and 2016. “Matt played so awesome all weekend.
“We played so well and had so much fun, it went by so fast. It almost felt easy.”
English sank a five-foot eagle putt on the 17th hole and a 12-footer for birdie on the last, and he and Kooch added nine other birdies in the final round to finish at 36-under 170, breaking by two shots the tournament record they shared with Fred Couples and Raymond Floyd (1990).
Coming down the stretch, Harris and Kuchar knew exactly where they stood.
“With four holes to go, Harris said we need two more for the record, and he got four,” Kuchar said. “He put on a show the last three holes, finishing birdie-eagle-birdie. It’s going to be pretty hard for anyone to break that record.”
Defending champions Rory Sabbatini of Slovakia and Kevin Tway eagled the 17th hole to close with a 61 and tied for second with Mackenzie Hughes of Canada and Lanto Griffim, who eagled No. 14 in a 62, and first-round leaders Kevin Na of Diamond Bar and Sean O’Hair, who totaled 64.
Billy Horschel and Brendon Todd totaled 62 and wound up nine shots behind in a tie for fifth with Cameron Champ of Sacramento and Tony Finau, who finished with a 63, and Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa and Bubba Watson, who wound up at 64.
Australians Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman carded a score of 62 with an eagle on the sixth hole and were one more back in eighth, followed by Daniel Berger and Steve Stricker (63), Harold Varner III and Ryan Palmer (66), Matthew Wolff of Agoura Hills and Abraham Ancer of Mexico (64), and Joaquin Neimann of Chile and Sebastian Munoz of Colombia (68) in the ninth through 12th spots.
This was the 32nd edition of the tournament hosted by Australian great Greg Norman, who did not play for one of the few times in the event’s history, which was first played at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks.
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