2021 QBE Shootout: What is greensomes and HOW does it work?

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Sat, 11 Dec 2021

2021 QBE Shootout: What is greensomes and HOW does it work?

The QBE Shootout is currently being played out this weekend and it's a unique event on the PGA Tour schedule. 

It has been described by some as a "silly season" event as there are no FedExCup points on offer at all. 

The format is also different on each day at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples as well, where participants are playing in pairs:

  • The first round is a scramble, each player hits a drive and the best one is selected. From there, each player plays a second shot and the best is selected again, and the process is repeated until the ball is in the hole.
  • In the second round it is an alternate shot but it is modified. Each player tees off and the best drive is selected. Whichever player's drive is not selected hits the second shot and the process is repeated until the ball is holed out. 
  • In the final round, it is a four-ball. Each player plays his/her own ball. The player with the lowest score earns the team the score for that hole.

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So, they are playing greensomes on day two. 

But what is greensomes and how does it work?

Many people regard greensomes as more fun than other formats as everyone gets to hit a tee shot. 

Greensomes in golf is alternate shot format played in pairs. 

There are various names for this format which include:

  • Canadian foursomes
  • Scotch foursomes
  • Modified pinehurst
  • Foursomes with select drive
  • Alternate shot with select drive

There is also another format, called gruesomes, whereby the WORST drive is selected. 

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How do you calculate a handicap in greensomes?

To calculate a handicap in greensomes, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) recommends it should be 0.6 of the lower player's handicap and 0.4 of the higher player's. If both handicaps are equal, it should be half the combined total.

This is the field of the QBE Shootout

Sam Burns, Billy Horschel

Corey Conners, Graeme McDowell

Jason Day, Marc Leishman

Harris English, Matt Kuchar

Brian Harman, Hudson Swafford

Max Homa, Kevin Kisner

Matt Jones, Ryan Palmer

Kevin Na, Jason Kokrak

K.H. Lee, Brandt Snedeker

Will Zalatoris, Sean O’Hair

Ian Poulter, Charles Howell III

Lexi Thompson, Bubba Watson

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