Birdie runs school English and Kuchar to lead Shootout

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Miami (AFP)

Americans Harris English and Matt Kuchar shot an 11 under par 61 in Saturday’s modified alternate shooting session to grab a five-shot lead after two rounds in the 32nd QBE Shootout.

The American duo opened with five straight birdies, parried the next six holes, then birdied six in a row from 12th par 3 to 17th par 5 before a closing par to stand on 119 under-25 after 36 holes at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida.

“Was the driver gone today,” English said. “He’s had a lot of corner kicks and he’s one of the best on tour at that and I got hot with the putter.

“It was pretty easy for that alternative shooting format. ”

Americans Kevin Na and Sean O’Hair, who shot 56 to lead after Friday’s race, were second at 124.

South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson of the United States shot 66 to share third out of 126 with Canadian Mackenzie Hughes and American Lanto Griffin.

Defending champions Rory Sabbatini of Slovakia and Kevin Tway of the United States regained fifth place alongside Americans Tony Finau and Cameron Champ.

The three-day event, played between 12 duos without spectators due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ends with a round of four balls on Sunday.

Kuchar was delighted with the pair’s scorching start, which saw them pass O’Hair and Na quickly and take the lead, then withstand the streak before the frenzy of the back-nine birds.

“You take the birdies where they come from,” Kuchar said. “It’s about keeping the pedal down and we’ve done a good job in that area today. ”

They had a chance to birdie the last, but the English came out seven feet, leaving Kuchar the last tap-in.

Na and O’Hair opened with four pars and a bogey in the fifth par 3, responded with birdies at six and seven and added birdies at 11, 13 and 15 to hang on to second place ahead of the international duos. in charge.

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