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PGA - Franklin Templeton Shootout Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, December 11th through Saturday, December 13th
SITE: Tiburon Golf Club (Gold Course), Naples, Florida
COURSE ARCHITECT: Greg Norman (1998)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,288
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 573 yds10 - Par 4 374 yds
2 - Par 4 440 yds11 - Par 4 408 yds
3 - Par 4 458 yds12 - Par 3 205 yds
4 - Par 4 428 yds13 - Par 4 370 yds
5 - Par 3 223 yds14 - Par 5 578 yds
6 - Par 5 592 yds15 - Par 4 435 yds
7 - Par 4 396 yds16 - Par 3 205 yds
8 - Par 3 172 yds17 - Par 5 534 yds
9 - Par 4 446 yds18 - Par 4 451 yds
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36 3,728 Yds36 3,560 Yds
 
Annual:  26th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 1-4 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 5-8 p.m. (et) - replay,
  FOX - Saturday -- 1-5 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Harris English and Matt Kuchar
Runner-Up:  Retief Goosen and Freddie Jacobson
Tournament Record:  182 (Fred Couples and Raymond Floyd, 1990;
  Harris English and Matt Kuchar, 2013)
Single Round Alternate Shot Record:  57 (Fred Couples and Raymond Floyd, 1990)
Single Round Best Ball Record:  57 (Craig Stadler and Lanny Wadkins, 1996)
Single Round Scramble Record:  55 (Greg Norman and Nick Price, 1993;
  John Cook and Peter Jacobsen, 1998;
  Greg Norman and Steve Elkington, 2005)
Total Purse:  $3,100,000
Shares:  1st Place - $770,000 - winning team; 2nd Place - $485,000 - per team
  3rd Place - $290,000 - per team; 4th Place - $230,000 - per team
  5th Place - $200,000 - per team; 6th Place - $180,000 - per team
 
2013 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
English/Kuchar182Howell III/Leonard195
Goosen/Jacobson189Blixt/Norman197
Poulter/Westwood190DeLaet/Weir197
DiMarco/Horschel192Kelly/Stricker197
O'Hair/K.Perry193Dufner/D.Johnson198
Sabbatini/Verplank194Calcavecchia/C.Campbell201
 
Past Franklin Templeton Shootout Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Harris English/Matt Kuchar (182) -- Reteif Goosen/Freddie Jacobson
2012Sean O'Hair/Kenny Perry (185) -- Charles Howell III/Rory Sabbatini
2011Keegan Bradley/Brendan Steele (184) -- Mark Calcavecchia/Nick Price,
Rory Sabbatini/Jhonattan Vegas
2010Dustin Johnson/Ian Poulter (186) -- Darren Clarke/Graeme McDowell
2009Jerry Kelly/Steve Stricker (190) -- J.B. Holmes/Kenny Perry,
Chad Campbell/Tim Clark,
Justin Leonard/Scott Verplank
2008Scott Hoch/Kenny Perry (185) -- J.B. Holmes/Boo Weekley
2007Woody Austin/Mark Calcavecchia (187) -- Greg Norman/Bubba Watson
2006*Jerry Kelly/Rod Pampling (185) -- Justin Leonard/Scott Verplank
2005John Huston/Kenny Perry (186) -- Fred Couples/Adam Scott
2004Hank Kuehne/Jeff Sluman (187) -- Steve Flesch/Justin Leonard
2003*Hank Kuehne/Jeff Sluman (193) -- Shaun Micheel/Chad Campbell,
Brad Faxon/Scott McCarron
2002Rocco Mediate/Lee Janzen (185) -- Matt Kuchar/David Gossett,
John Huston/Jeff Maggert
2001Brad Faxon/Scott McCarron (183) -- John Daly/Frank Lickliter
2000*Brad Faxon/Scott McCarron (190) -- Carlos Franco/Scott Hoch
1999Fred Couples/David Duval (184) -- Scott McCarron/Scott Hoch
1998*Greg Norman/Steve Elkington (189) -- John Cook/Peter Jacobsen
1997Bruce Lietzke/Scott McCarron (186) -- David Duval/Scott Hoch
1996Jay Haas/Tom Kite (187) -- Craig Stadler/Lanny Wadkins,
Hale Irwin/Curtis Strange
1995Mark Calcavecchia/Steve Elkington (184) -- Lee Janzen/Chip Beck
1994Fred Couples/Brad Faxon (190) -- Curtis Strange/Mark O'Meara
1993Steve Elkington/Ray Floyd (188) -- Hale Irwin/Bruce Lietzke,
Mark O'Meara/Curtis Strange,
Mark Calcavecchia/Brad Faxon,
Tom Kite/Davis Love III
1992Davis Love III/Tom Kite (191) -- Fred Couples/Ray Floyd,
Nick Price/Billy Ray Brown,
Hale Irwin/Bruce Lietzke
1991Tom Purtzer/Lanny Wadkins (189) -- Greg Norman/Jack Nicklaus
1990Ray Floyd/Fred Couples (182) -- Peter Jacobsen/Arnold Palmer
1989Curtis Strange/Mark O'Meara (190) -- Lanny Wadkins/Tom Weiskopf,
Bernhard Langer/John Mahaffey

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Previously called Shark Shootout (2009-10), Merrill Lynch
Shootout (2007-08), Franklin Templeton Shootout (2002-06), Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout (1995-2001), Franklin Funds Shark Shootout (1992-94), Shark Shootout Benefiting R.M.C.C. (1991), R.M.C.C. Invitational (1989-90).

Top Players in the Field
Bradley/VillegasBradley won in 2011 with Brendan Steele
J.Day/TringaleDay finished T-5 with Rory Sabbatini in 2010
English/KucharWon in 2013, Kuchar T-2 with David Gossett in 2002
Goosen/WeirGoosen finished 2nd in 2013 with Freddie Jacobson
Horschel/PoulterPoulter won in 2010 with Dustin Johnson
Howell/VerplankHowell finished 2nd in 2012, Verplank in 2006
Kelly/StrickerWon in 2009, Kelly won in 2006 with Rod Pampling
Leonard/SabbatiniLeonard finished 2nd in 2009, Sabbatini in 2012
McDowell/WoodlandMcDowell T-2 with Darren Clarke in 2010
O'Hair/K.PerryWon in 2012, Perry also won in 2005 and 2008
R.Palmer/WalkerFirst appearance for both players
Reed/SnedekerSnedeker finished T-4 with Davis Love III in 2012

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Keegan Bradley and Camilo Villegas
Darkhorse - Patrick Reed and Brandt Snedeker
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Rickie Fowler) - Finished tied for 6th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Chris Kirk) - Finished 16th
 
NOTES:Harris English and Matt Kuchar will try to win this event for the
second straight year, as they team up again at the 26th annual Franklin Templeton Shootout. Tournament host Greg Norman is not playing this year, due to his broadcast duties with FOX Sports, who are televising the event on Saturday. It is only the second time in 26 years that Norman has not participated. In 2009, he could not play due to shoulder surgery. The winning team will earn $770,000.

In the field is a group of five major champions who have combined for six major titles - Keegan Bradley (2011 PGA Championship), Reteif Goosen (2001 and 2004 U.S. Open), Justin Leonard (1997 British Open), Graeme McDowell (2010 U.S. Open) and Mike Weir (2003 Masters).

For the 14th consecutive year, Norman's Tiburon Golf Club will be the venue. The tournament was founded in 1989 as a result of Norman's desire to create a unique event for PGA Tour players with a goal of raising money to help children's charities. Sherwood Country Club in California had hosted the first 11 years, while Doral Resort & Spa's Great White Course played host in 2000. The 3-day tournament, which is a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, begins on Thursday with a scramble, followed by modified alternate shot on Friday and better ball on Saturday.

Last year, English and Kuchar tied the tournament record at 34-under-par 182, as they won by seven shots over Goosen and Freddie Jacobson. English and Kuchar tied the record set by Fred Couples and Raymond Floyd in 1990. English became the 10th player to win in his debut at this event. The 7-stroke victory was the largest in tournament history.

In 2012, Sean O'Hair and Kenny Perry birdied five of their last six holes on the final day to earn the victory. It was the first win here for O'Hair but the third time for Perry, who won in 2005 with John Huston and 2008 with Scott Hoch. Perry joined Steve Elkington, Couples and Scott McCarron with three wins at this event. Perry, Elkington and Couples are the only players to win with three different partners.

In 2011, Bradley and Brendan Steele cruised to a 3-stroke win over two teams. Bradley and Steele closed with a 13-under 59 to end at 32-under-par 184. Both players were competing in the event for the first time and became the first rookie team to win this title.

Hoch and Perry paired for a 12-under 60 in Sunday's scramble format and cruised to a 4-shot victory in 2008. Hoch and Perry finished the 3-round championship at 31-under-par 185. For Hoch, it was his first victory in the tournament after several runner-up finishes in years past. Hoch became the oldest winner of this event at 53 years and 20 days old. Raymond Floyd previously held the record when he won in 1993 at 51 years, two months and 17 days old.

Woody Austin and Mark Calcavecchia birdied the final hole on Sunday in 2007 to win by a single stroke over Norman and Bubba Watson. Austin and Calcavecchia finished at 29-under-par 187. The win was Calcavecchia's second here. He paired with Elkington to take the title in 1995.

In 2006, Jerry Kelly and Rod Pampling beat Leonard and Scott Verplank on the first sudden-death playoff hole. The 2006 playoff was just the fourth in event history. Norman and his partner Elkington beat Peter Jacobsen and John Cook in 1998, and Brad Faxon and McCarron defeated Hoch and Carlos Franco in 2000. When Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman won in 2003, it was the first playoff involving three teams in tournament history. They defeated Shaun Micheel and Chad Campbell, and Faxon and McCarron. In 2004, Kuehne and Sluman became just the second team to successfully defend its title. Faxon and McCarron managed that feat in 2000 and 2001.

The winning score of 193 in 2003 was the highest in tournament history, surpassing the previous mark of 191 set in 1992 by Davis Love III and Tom Kite. When Faxon and McCarron won back-to-back titles in 2000-01, each player became a 3-time winner, as Faxon also captured the event back in 1994 when paired with Couples, while McCarron came away victorious in 1997 with Bruce Lietzke. Perry is the all-time money leader at this event with $1,838,957 in earnings. Calcavecchia is second with $1,719,375, while Norman is third with $1,710,750.

The PGA Tour returns January 9-12 with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, Zach Johnson will defend his title against winners of PGA Tour events from the 2013-14 season.

12/09 15:36:52 ET

As of December 9, 2014, at 03:37 PM ET

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