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
Norman won in 1998 with Steve Elkington
Calcavecchia won in 1995 and 2007
Weir finished 12th last year with Mark Calcavecchia
DiMarco competing for the 7th time, Horschel 1st time
Johnson won in 2010 with Ian Poulter
Kuchar finished T-2 with David Gossett in 2002
Jacobson finished 11th last year with Greg Norman
Howell finished 2nd last year, Leonard in 2009
Won in 2009, Kelly won in 2006 with Rod Pampling
Won in 2012, Perry also won in 2005 and 2008
Poulter won in 2010 with Dustin Johnson
Sabbatini finished 2nd last year, Verplank in 2006
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood
Darkhorse - Harris English and Matt Kuchar
Last Week's Pick to Win (Steve Stricker) - Finished 15th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ian Poulter) - Finished 7th
NOTES:Sean O'Hair and Kenny Perry will try to win this event for the second
straight year, as they team up again at the 25th annual Franklin Templeton
Shootout. Tournament host Greg Norman is playing with Jonas Blixt. The purse
increased $100,000 from last year to $3.1 million, with the winning team
In the field is a group of six major champions who have combined for eight
major titles - Norman (1986 and 1993 British Open), Mark Calcavecchia (1989
British Open), Justin Leonard (1997 British Open), Mike Weir (2003 Masters),
Jason Dufner (2013 PGA Championship) and Retief Goosen (2001 and 2004 U.S.
For the 13th 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 three-day tournament, which is a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, begins on
Friday with a modified alternate-shot format, followed by best-ball on
Saturday and a scramble on Sunday.
Last year, O'Hair and 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, Fred 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, Keegan 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. They
became the first rookie team to win this title.
Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter fired a 13-under 59 in the final round scramble
to come from behind and win by two strokes over Darren Clarke and Graeme
McDowell in 2010. They finished at 30-under-par 186 and both won this event
for the first time.
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 three-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
Woody Austin and 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 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 three-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 $1,738,957
in earnings. Calcavecchia is second with $1,646,875, while Norman is third
The PGA Tour returns Jan. 3-6 with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in
Hawaii, where Dustin Johnson will defend his title against winners of PGA
Tour events from 2013.
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