Golf News: Marc Leishman and Jason Day are the early leaders in the QBE Shootout

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Source: Skysports

Golf News: After the first round of the QBE Shootout in Florida, Australians Marc Leishman and Jason Day have a one-shot lead.

Over the course of three days, two-player teams compete in three formats at the unofficial PGA Tour event at Tiburon Golf Course, hosted by former world No. 1 Greg Norman.

The first round was played in a scramble format, in which players choose their team’s best shot and play from there, with Leishman and Day threatening to break the tournament record with their 16-under 56.

Graeme McDowell and Corey Conners tied for second place with Matt Kuchar and Harris English after Leishman holed out twice for eagle and the duo added 12 more birdies in a bogey-free day.

“I had a fairly decent read off [Day] on the one [eagle on 6,” Leishman added. “It was a fairly simple chip, but it obviously takes a little bit of luck for it to actually go in the hole.”

“Then there was the one on ten, with all the men hitting in front of me, on a little hill, I guess you’d call it.” [Day] was about 10 feet in and had the opportunity to just go straight at it, which he did.”

Lexi Thompson of the LPGA Tour is competing alongside Bubba Watson in the event, and the two carded an eagle and 11 birdies on their way to a 13-under 59 and a tie for fourth with Kevin Na and Jason Kokrak.

Thompson described the day as “wonderful.” “On the front, I made a few birdies, and then he came through on the back, driving the drivable hole to about 10 feet and then making a two on his own ball.” All of this is fantastic with a scramble and just working together as a team. It was simply a great time.

The second round on Saturday will be played in a modified alternative shot style, in which both players tee off and alternate shots for the remainder of each hole, before the final round on Sunday will be regular fourballs.

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