English & Kuchar Win Franklin Templeton Shootout

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Naples, FL                                                    December 8-10, 2016                          Purse: $3,100,000

Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort                                       Par/Yards 36-36—72/7,336

 

LEADERS:

 

First Round                                                                                 Second Round

Jerry Kelly/Steve Stricker                             56 (-16)          Harris English/Matt Kuchar                                             123 (-21)

Harris English/Matt Kuchar                     57 (-15)         Jerry Kelly/Steve Stricker                                         124 (-20)

Charles Howell III/Rory Sabbatini             59 (-13)          Charles Howell III/Rory Sabbatini                           128 (-16)

Luke Donald/Russell Knox                          60 (-12)          Kevin Chappell/Kevin Kisner                                 128 (-16)

Kevin Chappell/Kevin Kisner                       60 (-12)          Charley Hoffman/Billy Horschel                            129 (-15)

Jason Dufner/Brandt Snedeker                   60 (-12)          Smylie Kaufman/Justin Thomas                             129 (-15)                                                                                                  

Weather: Thursday: Partly cloudy with highs in the mid-70s. WNW wind 10-15 mph. Friday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with highs in the low-60s. NNE wind 12-18 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Saturday:  Mostly cloudy and warmer with highs in the mid-70s. ENE wind 12-18 mph with gusts to 25 mph.

 

FORMAT:          Round 1: Scramble

Round 2: Modified Alternate Shot

Round 3: Better Ball

 

 

1.           Harris English/Matt Kuchar                                              57-66-65—188 (-28)               $385,000/each

2.           Jerry Kelly/Steve Stricker                                                  56-68-65—189 (-27)               $242,500/each

3.           Charley Hoffman/Billy Horschel                                     61-68-61—190 (-26)               $145,000/each

4.           Kevin Chappell/Kevin Kisner                                           60-68-64—192 (-24)               $115,000/each

T5.        Charles Howell III/Rory Sabbatini                                 59-69-67—195 (-21)               $91,666.67/each

Sean O’Hair/Kenny Perry                                                   63-68-64—195 (-21)               $91,666.67/each

Smylie Kaufman/Justin Thomas                                     63-66-66—195 (-21)               $91,666.66/each

8.           Jason Dufner/Brandt Snedeker                                       60-70-66—196 (-20)               $82,500/each

T9.        Daniel Berger/K.J. Choi                                                        63-71-65—199 (-17)               $78,750/each

Luke Donald/Russell Knox                                                60-71-68—199 (-17)               $78,750/each

T11.      Mike Weir/Gary Woodland                                               63-73-64—200 (-16)               $73,750/each

Bryson DeChambeau/Lexi Thompson                         62-71-67—200 (-16)               $73,750/each

 

Final-Round News and Notes

Harris English sank a 12-foot eagle putt on the 17th hole and it turned out to be the decisive shot of the 2016 Franklin Templeton Shootout. The putt gave English and his partner Matt Kuchar a one-stroke margin which would lead to their second title in the event in the last four years. They also won in 2013. English’s eagle came just moments after Jerry Kelly had given he and teammate Steve Stricker the lead with a birdie putt. The teams were tied several times during the round, including at 26-under-par following birdies by both teams at No. 14. However, English answered Kelly’s birdie with the eagle which would seal an exciting victory for the pair.

The victory by Harris English and Matt Kuchar matched their 2013 effort and they were also second the previous two years. In the last four years, the pair is a combined 121-under-par in this tournament.

 

The day’s low round was turned in by the team of Charley Hoffman and Billy Horschel, who posted an 11-under-par 61. Horschel’s birdie at No. 18 gave the duo a share of the lead at 26-under-par 190. It was the second consecutive year each player had turned in a nice effort in the tournament. Hoffman was third a year ago with Daniel Berger, while Horschel and teammate Hunter Mahan were fourth.

 

Kenny Perry and his partner Sean O’Hair finished T5. It marked the 10th time Perry had finished fifth or better in this event, a new record. He also earned $91,666 which put him over the $2 million mark in career earnings in this event ($2,085,624), also a record.

 

The team of Bryson DeChambeau and Lexi Thompson finished T11 in their first appearance in the event.

 

The best showing by a team making their first appearance in the event was turned in by Kevin Chappell and Kevin Kisner. They finished fourth overall.

 

 

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