Harris English believes he and Matt Kuchar complement each other's games as they took a five-shot lead at the QBE Shootout.

The American duo reached 25 under par in the modified alternate shot format, shooting 11 under for a score of 61.

After opening with five birdies to start their round, the duo closed with six more from the 12th to take a commanding lead after two rounds.

"I feel like our games really fit this format well," English said. 

"He does a lot of stuff that I'm not great at and maybe I do some stuff that he's not great at. It's just fun. It's very relaxing out there."

Kuchar added: "There's still a need to make lots of birdies. I think this best-ball format, guys are going to shoot some low scores. 

"Whatever the lead is, pars aren't going to be helping out very much. We've got to still make a bunch of birdies tomorrow to try to protect the lead."

Kevin Na and Sean O'Hair opened with a score of 56 but are trailing at 20 under after a 68 on Saturday.

"Alternate shot's a tough format. I don't know what these guys played that are leading, but we were saying anything better than five under was a good score," Na said. 

"We fell one short of what our minimum was, but it's tough."

The star-studded team of Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen are 18 under, as are Lanto Griffin and Mackenzie Hughes.

Kevin Na and Sean O'Hair hold a one-shot advantage after the first round of the QBE Shootout.

Na and O'Hair hit the ground running at the Tiburon Golf Club in The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida to lead the way from Ryan Palmer and Harold Varner III.

O'Hair and Na teamed up superbly in the scramble format on Friday, combining for a 16-under opening round of 56.

There were two eagles and 12 birdies for the leading duo, who went out in 27 in a blistering start to an event that is being hosted by Australian great Greg Norman.

Varner and Palmer are hot on their heels, sitting second of the 12 teams after coming up with eight birdies on the front nine and another seven after the turn.

Lanto Griffin and Mackenzie Hughes are just two shots adrift of the leading duo along with Harris English and Matt Kuchar.

Australian duo Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith are among three teams who will head into the weekend with the most ground to make up on 10 under.

Adam Long will take a two-shot advantage into the final round of the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship after surging to the top of the leaderboard.

American golfer Long carded a flawless eight-under-par 64 to claim the lead through three rounds in the Dominican Republic on Saturday.

Long started the penultimate day three strokes behind overnight leader Hudson Swafford at Corales Golf Club in Punta Cana.

But Long, who is eyeing his second PGA Tour title after winning last year's Desert Classic, used eight birdies to catapult himself from a tie for fifth position to outright first at 17 under overall.

Swafford is second through 54 holes following his three-under-par 69, a shot ahead of Canada's Mackenzie Hughes (67), while Zhang Xinjun (68) is 13 under.

Nate Lashley (65) and Sean O'Hair (70) are five strokes off the pace and tied for fifth.

Hudson Swafford opened up a two-stroke lead at the halfway mark of the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship on Friday.

The American fired a five-under 67 in the second round in the Dominican Republic to move into 12 under.

Swafford, who has missed six cuts in 11 events this year, mixed seven birdies with two bogeys to be on track for a second PGA Tour win and first since 2017.

He is two shots clear of countrymen Sean O'Hair (67), Luke List (65) and Justin Suh (67).

Runner-up last year, Mackenzie Hughes is again in contention after shooting a 67 to be tied for fifth at nine under.

The Canadian is alongside Adam Long (65), Zhang Xinjun (69) and Sepp Straka (70).

Straka had shared the overnight lead with Swafford, Tyler McCumber and Scott Harrington, the latter duo slipping even further back after shooting 71 and 74 respectively.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell missed the cut after backing up his opening-round 70 with a one-over 73.

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