The QBE Shootout is always one of the most interesting stops on the PGA.
Some of the game’s best players are in action, including the pairing of Kevin Na and Jason Kokrak, who are on the second line of golf betting markets.
Leading the betting is the strong pairing of Sam Burns and Billy Horschel, who demand attention in this format.
PGA Tour honors are up for grabs, but the QBE Shootout is a more relaxed tournament where there is fun to be had.
Kokrak/Na is Dangerous
The entire field will be wary of the pairing of Jason Kokrak/Kevin Na, who can combine to make a lot of birdies.
Kokrak is already a two-time PGA Tour winner this year, including the Charles Schwab Challenge and the Houston Open last month.
With three wins over the last two seasons, Kokrak is one of the form players in the tournament and he should pair with Na like a dream.
Na hasn’t been in winning form, but he is one of the most electric putters on his day. We love his putt-and-walk style, which always gets the crowds excited.
feeling a little old starting my 19th season on PGA Tour. pic.twitter.com/CGWqv2jVbZ
— Kevin Na (@kevinna915) September 16, 2021
The key to Na’s game is his confidence and playing in a pairs format allows him to relax. He can rely on Kokrak to hit big bombs, which suits the pairing well.
The sportsbook has Kokrak/Na at +550. It’s a value price and we think they’re the best bet in the QBE Shootout field.
Pick: Kokrak/Na +550
Don’t Get Burned by Burns
We said Kokrak was one of the hottest golfers, but Sam Burns is red-hot.
The 25-year-old won the Valspar Championship in May, beating Keegan Bradley by three shots. He then won the Sanderson Farms Championship before losing the WGC-FedEx St. Jude to Abraham Ancer in a playoff.
Burns finished T-3 at the Hero World Challenge last week. He was only three shots behind Viktor Hovland, so he continued his fine run of form, which also includes a top-10 finish in the Houston Open, CJ Cup and BMW Championship.
With Billy Horschel as a partner, we expect them to play well. Horschel played in Dubai and came up short on the European Tour behind Collin Morikawa, but he still had a terrific season.
We’re not sure how they will work as a duo, but there is early confidence with betting online markets. They have been backed into +350, which is a short quote in this format. However, we’re confident they’ll play well over the four days.
Pick: Burns/Horschel +350
Include the Aussies
The likes of Jason Day, Steve Elkington and Greg Norman have won the QBE Shootout for Australia, so they can never be counted out.
Trusted with taking the Aussies to victory this year are former winner Jason Day and Marc Leishman, who has won a pairs competition on the PGA Tour.
There are concerns about the health of Day, who has battled major back injuries over the last few years. However, betting suggests he could be back to good health.
Day and Leishman are paying +800 to win the QBE Shootout, which puts them on the fifth line of betting. They opened on the same line as the Max Homa/Kevin Kisner pair, but money has come for the Americans.
Leishman has the length and Day has the touch for them to be a formidable unit. They demand respect in this format, so we wouldn’t leave them off our golf tickets.
Pick: Day/Leishman +800
English/Kuchar to Start Strong
First-round leader betting is available for the QBE Shootout and we like Harris English and Matt Kuchar to start well.
The Americans are excellent at pairs competitions, especially Kuchar, who has come close on many occasions.
Predicting which teams could get out of the starting blocks is tough, but bettors get value odds with the +650 in the first round. They are also +650 to win the tournament, so bookmakers are expecting a fast start.
They are worth including in selections at the price.