Stricker and Kelly win close Shootout|
Naples, FL (Sports Network) - Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly fired a 13-under
59 on Sunday to earn a one-shot win at the $3 million Shark Shootout.
Stricker and Kelly finished with a 26-under 190 after three rounds at Tiburon
Golf Club. Stricker's eagle at the 17th hole moved them one stroke ahead of
three teams at 25-under, and they held on for the victory when Kenny Perry and
J.B. Holmes couldn't make birdie at the 18th.
It marked the first win for Stricker at this event and the second for Kelly,
who teamed with Rod Pampling to win in 2006.
The two friends from Wisconsin split $750,000 for the victory.
"It's about as much fun as I've ever had playing golf," Kelly said during the
The final round was played in a better-ball scramble format, with each team
selecting and playing the best shot from one of its players until the hole was
The Shootout -- a "silly season" event started by Greg Norman 21 years ago --
lived up to its name Sunday, with five of the 12 teams breaking 60 on the
par-72 Gold Course.
Tim Clark had a hole-in-one to help himself and Chad Campbell shoot a 15-under
57 that fell two strokes shy of the tournament's scramble record. Clark and
Campbell took the early clubhouse lead at 25-under 191.
Justin Leonard and Scott Verplank joined them later with a 59, while Perry and
Holmes also shot a 59 for a three-way tie of second place.
Clark used a six-iron for his one-hop ace at the 183-yard 12th. It was the
first hole-in-one since the Shootout moved to Tiburon in 2001.
If Clark had aced the 16th instead, he would have won a Land Rover.
Clark and Campbell's 57 was two off the scramble record of 55, set by Norman
and Nick Price in 1993. John Cook and Peter Jacobsen tied the mark in 1998,
and Norman, who missed this year's event after having shoulder surgery, shot
55 again with Steve Elkington in 2005.
But the day belonged to Stricker and Kelly, who carried a one-shot lead into
the round. After getting off to a slow start, they built momentum on the back
Still, they trailed by a stroke until Stricker knocked his second shot to
eight feet at the 17th and rolled in the eagle putt himself, giving them a
Holmes and Perry managed only a par at the 17th to remain one back. Perry
missed from 10 feet at the 18th with a final chance to force a playoff.
Perry was attempting to become the fifth player to win the Shootout three
times. He was trying to become the third player to win with three different
Ross Fisher and Ian Poulter (59) and Steve Flesch and Dustin Johnson (61) tied
for fifth place at 23-under 193.
Rickie Fowler celebrated his 21st birthday on Sunday. The youngest competitor
in the field teamed with Chris DiMarco for a 62 to take seventh place at 20-
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