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Sahith Theegala – Tom Hoge |QBE Shootout

By The Associated Press

NAPLES, Fla. — Sahith Theegala made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday as he and Tom Hoge closed with a 10-under 62 in Four-ball and became the first rookie team to win the QBE Shootout in 11 years.

Ryan Palmer and Charley Hoffman each missed birdie putts from about 12 feet at Tiburon Golf Club that would have forced a playoff. They had a 65.

Theegala was coming off a strong PGA TOUR rookie season in which he reached the TOUR Championship and twice had chances to win going to the final hole of tournaments.

The QBE Shootout is an unofficial event, but it still felt good to win.

“It’s nice to get a taste of victory because it’s so hard out here,” Theegala said.

Hoge, who won his first PGA TOUR title at Pebble Beach in February, carried much of the load early when Theegala pulled a muscle in his left side on the first hole. By the end of the day, Theegala said it felt better and he was able to take fuller swings.

They still had to contend with Palmer and Hoffman, especially at the end. Palmer’s chip up a steep slope on the par-5 17th hole didn’t get up the hill and came back to him. Stepping up quickly for the next shot, he drilled it into the cup an unlikely birdie that gave his team a share of the lead.

Harris English and Matt Kuchar, trying to win the QBE Shootout for the fourth time, finished two shots behind after a 62.

Max Homa and Kevin Kisner had a 63 and finished fourth.

The top LPGA Tour player was Nelly Korda, who teamed with Denny McCarthy for a 62 to tie for fifth.

Check out “Watts” in their bags below.

Sahith Theegala

Driver: Ping G430 LST (10.5 degrees) – Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 60 TX

Hybrid: Ping G425 (17 degrees @16.5) – Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 95 X

Irons: Ping i210 (3), Ping iBlade (4-7), Ping Blueprint (8-PW) – Shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 85 X (3), Project X 6.5 (4-9)

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (50-12S, 54-12S), Ping Glide 2.0 (58-06TS) – Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping TR 1966 Anser 2 prototype – Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Flatso 1.0

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Tom Hoge

Driver: Titleist TSi3 (9 degrees) – Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5 degrees) –Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 8 X

Hybrid: Titleist 913H.d (18 degrees, 0.75 degrees upright lie) – Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 904

Irons: Titleist 620 CB (4), Titleist 620 (5-PW) – Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (46-10F, 52-08F, 56-08M), WedgeWorks Proto (60-T) – Shafts: Project X 6.5 (46), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (52-60)

Putter: TaylorMade Spider X

Ball: Titleist Pro V1 Left Dot