As much as fans may love a good ole' fashioned major golf tournament, you have to admit, the assorted team-play events during Challenge Season are a lot of fun. On Friday, Dec. 13, the Franklin Templeton Shootout begins at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida. It will feature three rounds of assorted team-play objectives.
Two-man teams will battle for the right to take home the trophy. In 2012, Sean O'Hair and Kenny Perry were victorious and the team is back looking to become the first back-to-back winners since Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman completed the feat in 2003-2004.
Here's a look at the entire field ready to compete in Naples, per PGATour.com.
Charles Howell III and Justin Leonard
Retief Goosen and Freddie Jacobson
Chris DiMarco and Billy Horschel
Sean O'Hair and Kenny Perry
Harris English and Matt Kuchar
Rory Sabbatini and Scott Verplank
Jason Dufner and Dustin Johnson
Graham DeLaet and Mike Weir
Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker
Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood
Mark Calcavecchia and Chad Campbell
Jonas Blixt and Greg Norman
The 12 teams will compete in three rounds and per PGATour.com, here's the structure.
First Round, Modified Alternate Shot - Each player hits a drive on every hole and one drive is selected. The player whose drive is NOT selected hits the second shot, and they alternate shots until the ball is holed.
Second Round, Better Ball - Each player plays through every hole using his own ball. The player whose score is the lowest on each hole will be the team score for that hole.
Final Round, Scramble - Each player hits a drive on every hole and the best drive is selected. Each player then plays a second shot from the spot where the selected drive lays, and the best second shot is selected. This process is repeated until the hole is completed.
It should be an exciting weekend of golf. Check back here daily for the latest information, scores and recaps from the days of action.
Three teams are tied atop the leaderboard of the Franklin Templeton Shootout. Defending champions Kenny Perry and Sean O'Hair share the lead at eight under par with the teams of Harris English and Matt Kuchar, and Charles Howell III and Justin Leonard.
It was a solid day of golf with the top three teams working in tandem to produce sterling results. O'Hair and Perry proved they will not relinquish their titles without a fight.
Spectacular shots like this one from Perry helped to set the team up for success. Perry's second shot on the 13th hole. He nearly holes it, leaving it inches from the hole.
O'Hair and Perry weren't the only duo that benefited from tough shots.
English's second shot on the 17th hole nearly dropped for double eagle, but Kuchar easily dropped it in for eagle on the 17th for his team.
Here's a look at the leaderboard after one round.
FIRST ROUND Place Team Round Thru Score 1 2 3 T1 Sean O'Hair and Kenny Perry -8 - - 18 -8 T1 Harris English and Matt Kuchar -8 - - 18 -8 T1 Charles Howell III and Justin Leonard -8 - - 18 -8 4 Retief Goosen and Freddie Jacobson -5 - - 18 -5 T5 Jason Dufner and Dustin Johnson -4 - - 18 -4 T5 Chris DiMarco and Billy Horschel -4 - - 18 -4 7 Rory Sabbatini and Scott Verplank -3 - - 18 -3 8 Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood -2 - - 18 -2 9 Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker -1 - - 18 -1 T10 Jonas Blixt and Greg Norman E - - 18 E T10 Mark Calcavecchia and Chad Campbell E - - 18 E 12 Graham DeLaet and Mike Weir +1 - - 18 1
Next up: Better Ball
It was Matt Kuchar and Harris English's day on Saturday at the Franklin Templeton Shootout, as the duo took the overall lead through 36 holes after an incredible performance.
After Day 1 ended with a three-way tie for the top slot on the leaderboard, competition was even fiercer on Saturday under the better-ball format. With golfers able to play the best-placed ball among the pair of teammates, scores skyrocketed.
But nobody saw more success on the day than Kuchar and English. The duo posted a 12-under round, which improved their overall 36-hole score to 20-under—a four-stroke lead over second-place team Retief Goosen and Freddie Jacobson.
Of course, it didn't hurt that the two teams that shot eight-under on the opening day faltered a bit. Charles Howell III and Justin Leonard followed up their sharp Day 1 by shooting just five-under on Saturday, falling off the pace a bit as they sit seven strokes back of the leaders.
Even worse, Sean O'Hair and Kenny Perry shot just three-under and fell to a tie for sixth.
|1||Harris English and Matt Kuchar||-8||-12||-||36||-20|
|2||Retief Goosen and Freddie Jacobson||-8||-11||-||36||-16|
|T3||Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood||-8||-11||-||36||-13|
|T3||Charles Howell III and Justin Leonard||-5||-5||-||36||-13|
|T6||Chris DiMarco and Billy Horschel||-4||-8||-||36||-12|
|T6||Sean O'Hair and Kenny Perry||-4||-3||-||36||-11|
|T6||Rory Sabbatini and Scott Verplank||-3||-8||-||36||-11|
|8||Jonas Blixt and Greg Norman||-2||-9||-||36||-9|
|9||Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker||-1||-7||-||36||-8|
|T10||Jason Dufner and Dustin Johnson||E||-3||-||36||-7|
|T10||Graham DeLaet and Mike Weir||E||-8||-||36||-7|
|12||Mark Calcavecchia and Chad Campbell||+1||-6||-||36||-6|
Note: The start time for Sunday's final round was pushed back due to poor weather at the site. More details can be found at the tournament's official site.
Matt Kuchar and Harris English saved their best for last at the Franklin Templeton Shootout. The two broke the tournament course record by shooting a 14-under 58.
Their impressive tournament and scintillating Sunday paved way to a lopsided victory. The pair beat Retief Goosen and Freddie Jacobson by seven strokes.
That comfortable margin tied Curtis Strange and Mark O'Mera for the largest margin of victory in the event's history.
Not surprisingly, Kuchar enjoyed his time at this event.
"It was a fun week," Kuchar said via the Associated Press following the win. "This is one of my favorite events of the year. I wish we could more team events. I realize during the year, that's difficult but to mix up the formats and have a partner here is just a lot of fun. It's nice to perform well."
Considering Kuchar picked up the win, and he and English went 26-under over their last two rounds, Kuchar may start an official petition to get more of these type of events on the schedule.
|1||Harris English & Matt Kuchar||-8||-12||-14||-34|
|2||Retief Goosen & Freddie Jacobson||-5||-11||-11||-27|
|3||Ian Poulter & Lee Westwood||-2||-11||-13||-26|
|4||Chris DiMarco & Billy Horschel||-4||-8||-12||-24|
|5||Sean O'Hair & Kenny Perry||-8||-3||-12||-23|
|6||Rory Sabbatini & Scott Verplank||-3||-8||-11||-22|
|7||Charles Howell III & Justin Leonard||-8||-5||-8||-21|
|T8||Jonas Blixt & Greg Norman||E||-9||-10||-19|
|T8||Jerry Kelly & Steve Stricker||-1||-7||-11||-19|
|T8||Graham DeLaet & Mike Weir||1||-8||-12||-19|
|11||Jason Dufner & Dustin Johnson||-4||-3||-11||-18|
|12||Mark Calcavecchia & Chad Campbell||E||-6||-9||-15|