2021 QBE Shootout: what are greensomes and HOW do they work?

The QBE Shootout is currently being played this weekend and it is a unique event on the PGA Tour calendar.

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

The format is also different every day at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, where participants play in pairs:

  • The first round is a scramble, each player hits a disc and the best is selected. From there, each player makes a second stroke and the best one is selected again, and the process is repeated until the ball is in the hole.
  • In the second round it is an alternative fire but it is modified. Each player takes the start and the best drive is selected. The drive of the player who is not selected hits the second stroke and the process is repeated until the ball comes out of the hole.
  • In the final round, it’s a four-ball. Each player plays his own ball. The player with the lower score reports the score for that hole to the team.

So they play the greensomes on the second day.

But what are greensomes and how do they work?

Many people consider greensomes to be more fun than other formats because anyone can hit a tee shot.

Greensomes in golf are alternate stroke formats played in pairs.

There are different names for this format, including:

  • Canadian quartets
  • scottish quartet
  • Modified pinehurst
  • Quartets with selected player
  • Alternative shot with drive selected

There is also another format, called horrible, in which the worst drive is selected.

How do you calculate a handicap in the greensomes?

To calculate a handicap in greensomes, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) recommends that it be 0.6 of the handicap of the lowest player and 0.4 of the handicap of the highest player. If the two handicaps are equal, it should be half of the combined total.

This is the ground 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

KH Lee, Brandt Snedeker

Will Zalatoris, Sean O’Hair

Ian Poulter, Charles Howell III

Lexi Thompson, Bubba Watson

Maria D. Ervin