Hoffman and Palmer maintain two-stroke advantage at QBE Shootout

Mark McGowan

Charley Hoffman (R) and Ryan Palmer (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Charley Hoffman and Ryan Palmer set the 36-hole scoring record in the QBE Shootout, sharing 10 birdies and going bogey-free in the modified alternate shot Saturday format, to take a two-shot lead into the final day.

Palmer, who partnered Jon Rahm to victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2019, is playing with Hoffman for the first time, and they posted a 26-under 118 through 36 holes, breaking the record previously set by Harris English and Matt Kuchar in 2020 and Jason Day and Cameron Tringale in 2014.

Debutants Tom Hoge and Sahith Theegala are in second place, two strokes behind the leaders after they combined for a 60 at Tiburon Golf Club.


In modified alternate shot, both players hit tee shots and then they alternate shots the rest of the way. The final round will be fourballs.

Three-time QBE Shootout winners English and Kuchar also had a 62 and lie four shots back alongside Jason Day and Billy Horschel, who carded back-to-back 61s in the scramble and modified alternate shot formats.

There are two LPGA Tour players in the field, Nelly Korda and Lexi Thompson. Korda, playing alongside Denny McCarthy, posted a 67, the same score as Thompson who is partnered by Maverick McNealy.

“We were in a pretty good rhythm. We were giving ourselves birdie chances and we were knocking most of them in,” Hoffman said. “The reality is we were just doing our thing. Obviously we saw the low scores, but that means there’s birdies out there and we tried to attack them in and we did a pretty good job.”

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