QBE Shootout notebook: Hoffman, Chappell talk a little Tiger Woods

Charley Hoffman, Kevin Chappell and Kevin Kisner got to see Tiger Woods up close. They just came from the Bahamas and played in Woods’ Hero World Challenge that ended Sunday.

Tuesday afternoon, all three were practicing for the QBE Shootout at Tiburón Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.

While Woods, returning after back surgeries kept him out of tournament golf for a year, tied for ninth, he did put together two strong rounds to start out, grabbing the lead at one point.

“It was on everything (on television),” Hoffman said. “It brings viewership to the game of golf, which I think is amazing. The game needs it. The game is in a pretty good spot with the younger players now with the Rickies (Rickie Fowler) and the (Jordan) Spieths and Justin Thomas and so on and so forth, but to get Tiger back in this game would be a game-changer.”

“It was fun,” Chappell said. “It’s great to have Tiger back and feel that buzz again around the game. That’s a strange event, only 18 guys in a very remote place, so you’re not getting the fans that you typically get, but those that were there were definitely pro-Tiger.”

Hoffman got to witness one of those youngsters fly by him on the leaderboard. Fowler rallied from a seven-shot deficit with a blistering 61 to pass Hoffman, the third-round leader who ended up four strokes back.

“There’s not much you can do,” Hoffman said. “You take your hat off and say ‘Great playing.’ … He deserved to win that golf tournament; he shot 61.”

Chappell and Kisner finished tied for 12th and 14th, respectively.

Matt Kuchar and Daniel Berger also played in the World Challenge and are playing this week in Naples.

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Shootout founder and host Greg Norman on Australia’s QBE Insurance being the tournament’s new title sponsor at Media Day on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.
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Team Kevin: Kevin Chappell and Kevin Kisner are back, and together again. The duo finished fourth in the debut for each last year.

“We definitely had the most fun last year and finished fourth,” Chappell said. “Hopefully we can maybe have equally as much fun but feel better when we’re playing.”

“We’re excited to come back down,” Kisner said. “It’s a good place to practice for the season during the winter months. It’s a fun little competition, and we don’t ever get to play team events, so this makes it more fun.”

Chappell remembered more than the fun the two had. Taking in the gala, that usually features a childhood cancer survivor, was memorable.

“The gala was eye-opening,” he said. “It’s great to see that we get to have a great time this week and play and do what we love to do, but we’re supporting a great cause. What (tournament founder and host Greg Norman) has done is unbelievable.”

Picking a partner: Hoffman had the Shootout on his mind when he was playing with Zach Johnson during the PGA Championship.

“Yeah I’m thinking about playing this year,” Johnson said when Hoffman brought it up.

“Do you have a partner?” Hoffman asked.

When Johnson said he didn’t, Hoffman jumped at the chance.

“I thought he’d be a great partner to have,” Hoffman said of the two-time major champion. “Obviously a great wedge player which I think is very crucial around this golf course, and hopefully gives ourselves a bunch of birdie opportunities and go low.”

Hoffman is playing in his third Shootout, but with his third different partner. And he has finished third — coincidentally — with Daniel Berger in 2015 and Billy Horschel last year.

“I haven’t played in a team format with any of those guys all of those years and we’ve had somewhat success,” Hoffman said.

Chip shots: Tournament founder and host Greg Norman and Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier played a quick practice round Tuesday. Both are playing in the pro-am, as is ESPN’s Chris Berman, who hosted Tuesday night’s pairings party. Baier will host the gala on Thursday. … Berman will play with Lexi Thompson and Baier with Pat Perez on Wednesday. … The pro-am format will be a shamble on both days instead of a shamble and best ball. In a shamble, every player hits from the tee, then one player’s drive is chosen, and the group each plays their own ball the rest of the hole. … Cameron Tringale, who won the Shootout with Jason Day, is playing as an extra golfer on the two pro-am days. Tringale will speak to juniors and their families at Tiburón on Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The program is free, but to RSVP call 236-5536.

 

QBE Shootout

When: Wednesday-Sunday

Where: Tiburón Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort

Info: qbeshootout.com, 254-9770

Wednesday’s pro-am tee times
Format: Shamble
No. 1 Tee

8 a.m. — Graeme McDowell; 8:12 a.m. — Brendan Steele; 8:24 a.m. — Tony Finau; 8:36 a.m. — Lexi Thompson; 8:48 a.m. — Keegan Bradley; 9 a.m. — Sean O’Hair; 9:12 a.m. — Greg Norman; 9:24 a.m. — Bubba Watson; 9:36 a.m. — Charley Hoffman; 9:48 a.m. — Gary Woodland; 10 a.m. — Zach Johnson; 10:12 a.m. — Kevin Kisner; 10:24 a.m. — Kevin Chappell
No. 10 Tee
8 a.m. — Shane Lowry; 8:12 a.m. — Steve Stricker; 8:24 a.m. — Brian Harman; 8:36 a.m. — Kyle Stanley; 8:48 a.m. — Billy Horschel; 9 a.m. — Jason Dufner; 9:12 a.m. — Russell Henley; 9:24 a.m. — Cameron Tringale; 9:36 a.m. — Brandt Snedeker; 9:48 a.m. — Pat Perez; 10 a.m. — Daniel Berger; 10:12 a.m. — Matt Kuchar; 10:24 a.m. — Harris English

 

Thursday pro-am tee times
Format: Shamble
No. 1 Tee

8 a.m. — Cameron Tringale; 8:12 a.m. — Brandt Snedeker; 8:24 a.m. — Pat Perez; 8:36 a.m. — Daniel Berger; 8:48 a.m. — Matt Kuchar; 9 a.m. — Harris English; 9:12 a.m. — Shane Lowry; 9:24 a.m. — Steve Stricker; 9:36 a.m. — Brian Harman; 9:48 a.m. — Kyle Stanley; 10 a.m. — Billy Horschel; 10:12 a.m. — Jason Dufner; 10:24 a.m. — Russell Henley
No. 10 Tee
8 a.m. — Bubba Watson; 8:12 a.m. — Lexi Thompson; 8:24 a.m. — Gary Woodland; 8:36 a.m. — Zach Johnson; 8:48 a.m. — Kevin Kisner; 9 a.m. — Kevin Chappell; 9:12 a.m. — Graeme McDowell; 9:24 a.m. — Brendan Steele; 9:36 a.m. — Tony Finau; 9:48 a.m. — Charley Hoffman; 10 a.m. — Keegan Bradley; 10:12 a.m. — Sean O’Hair; 10:24 a.m. — Greg Norman

Friday’s first-round tee times
Format: Scramble

10:15 a.m. — Russell Henley-Kyle Stanley; Sean O’Hair-Steve Stricker
10:30 a.m. — Brian Harman-Pat Perez; Keegan Bradley-Brendan Steele
10:45 a.m. — Graeme McDowell-Shane Lowry; Jason Dufner-Billy Horschel
11 a.m. — Kevin Chappell-Kevin Kisner; Daniel Berger-Gary Woodland
11:15 a.m. — Tony Finau-Lexi Thompson; Charley Hoffman-Zach Johnson
11:30 a.m. — Brandt Snedeker-Bubba Watson; Harris English-Matt Kuchar

SCHEDULE

Wednesday

Pro-am (shamble)

Tee times 8 to 10:24 a.m.

Admission gates open 7 a.m.

Thursday

Pro-am (shamble)

Tee times 8 to 10:24 a.m.

Admission gates open 7 a.m.

Friday

Round 1 (scramble)

Opening ceremony, 10:05 a.m.

Tee times 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.

Admission gates open 9 a.m.

TV coverage, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Golf Channel)

Ben Allen concert, 5 to 8 p.m. (Tiburón clubhouse lawn)

Saturday

QBE Shootout 5K

Registration 6:30 to 7:15 a.m.

Start time 7:30 a.m.

Round 2 (modified alternate shot)

Tee times 11 a.m. to noon

Admission gates open 9 a.m.

TV coverage, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Golf Channel)

Family Golf Clinic, 4:30 p.m.

Sunday

Round 3 (better ball)

Tee times 9:40 to 10:55 a.m.

Admission gates open 8:30 a.m.

TV coverage, 1 to 2 p.m. (Golf Channel); 2 to 4 p.m. (NBC)
 

PARKING

Tiburón Golf Club is located on the same property as The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. General parking is located on Orange Blossom Drive between Airport Pulling Road and Livingston Road. The parking fee is $10 per vehicle. Shuttles will be provided to and from the golf course.

Those requiring handicapped parking and who have a handicapped parking pass are to enter the VIP Parking Lot on the corner of Orange Blossom Drive and Airport Pulling Road.

TICKETS

Shark Pass

The $110 Shark Pass offers more than 70 vouchers that provide access and discounted rates at 10 Southwest Florida golf courses including Tiburón Golf Club, (minimum of 4 vouchers per course). Golf fees range from: $45-$85. Valid dates Sept. 1-Dec. 31, 2017 (for some clubs); May 1-Oct. 31, 2018. Courses: Tiburón, The Quarry, Hammock Bay, Kensington, Naples Grande, Pelican’s Nest, Raptor Bay, The Rookery, Stonebridge, The Strand.

Pro-Am Daily Grounds Ticket

$25 for  Wednesday or Thursday

Tournament Daily Grounds Ticket

$30 for Friday, Saturday or Sunday

Weekly Grounds Ticket

$80 for Wednesday through Sunday

Naples Beach Brew House

$225 for weekly or $90 for one day Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The Naples Beach Brew House is a shared hospitality suite situated in a prime viewing location between the 8th and 17th greens. Benefits Include: Complimentary beer from Naples Beach Brewery, wine and soft drinks; Complimentary food from Boston Beer Garden; Elevated vantage points; Closed circuit television

Greg Norman Estates Shark Club

$850 weekly or $300 for Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Shared skybox overlooking the 18th fairway and green. This three-tiered suite includes a fully catered breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks with a hosted bar along with private restroom facilities, closed circuit television, and a unique vantage point from which to watch competition. Included is a VIP Parking pass.

Military Appreciation

Complimentary admission each day to all veterans, active, reserve and retired military personnel and their dependents. To receive your complimentary ticket, present valid proof of service at the tournament’s main gate. This offer is valid at the gate only.

Contact: 254-9770, qbeshootout.com

 

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