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Steve Stricker and Sean O'Hair claim QBE Shootout

Steve Stricker and Sean O'Hair clinched the QBE Shootout title by two shots from Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell following a flawless eight-under-par in the final round in Naples, Florida.

Irish duo Lowry and McDowell and American pair Stricker and O'Hair started the day with a share of the lead at 18-under-par after the first two rounds - the opening round under a scramble format and the second played under greensomes rules, a modified alternate-shot format.

The final round was played in a better-ball format, where only the best score from either player is counted, and both groups opened up with a birdie on the first hole of the Gold Course at the Tiburon Golf Club.

T he American duo continue their gain trail with three-successive birdies to turn in a score of 32 but Lowry and McDowell fought back.

The Irish pair, who did not drop a single shot over the three rounds, matched their American counterparts with four gains to maintain their share at the top of the leaderboard with 22-under-par at the halfway point.

Further gains at the 11th and 14th saw Stricker and O'Hair lead by two, and - despite Lowry and McDowell halving the deficit at the next with a birdie - the Americans carded a magnificent eagle on the par-five 17th to put the Irishmen out of reach.

Lowry and McDowell finished in style with their sixth birdie of the round but a par from Stricker and O'Hair was enough to secure the title with a score of 64.

Zach Johnson and Charley Hoffman produced the round of the final day with a stunning 63, finishing their final six holes with one par, four birdies and an eagle for a unblemished nine-under-par to come home eight shots off the lead.

Four shots better off, Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished third at 22-under-par, while Brendan Steele and Keegan Bradley, Gary Woodland and Daniel Berger and Lexi Thompson - the only woman in the field - and Tony Finau finished a further shot adrift in a three-way tie for fourth.

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