Johnson, Poulter win Shark Shootout|
Naples, FL (Sports Network) - Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter fired a 13-under
59 Sunday to come from behind and win the Shark Shootout by two strokes.
Poulter was playing in this event for the third time and Johnson the second.
They finished at 30-under-par 186 and both won this event for the first time.
Darren Clarke and U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell also shot 59 at Tiburon
Golf Club to take second place at minus-28.
Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker, the 2009 champions, closed with an eight-under
64 to join Chris DiMarco and Anthony Kim (61) in third place at 26-under-par
Johnson and Poulter flew into the lead with birdies at the first four holes.
"We got off to a good start, which is what we wanted to do," Johnson said. "We
birdied the first four and then parred five, but five was playing really
tough. We did exactly what we wanted to do. We played really well."
Around the turn, it was more of the same. They collected six more birdies to
hold off Clarke and McDowell.
"It was a good day today. I figured playing with Darren and G-Mack, they were
gonna go at us pretty hard. They did," Poulter said. "We made a lot of birdies
today, hit a lot of good golf shots, holed a couple of good putts at just the
right time, and it gave us a lot of momentum going into the back nine to make
a few birdies to finish it off."
The 12 teams played a scramble on Sunday. Each player hit a drive on every
hole and the best drive was selected. Both then played a second shot from the
chosen drive and the best second shot was selected. The process was repeated
until the hole was completed.
NOTES: This was the final unofficial event of the PGA Tour's 2010 season...The
PGA Tour returns to action in Hawaii on January 6th for the SBS Championship,
where Geoff Ogilvy won last year.
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