PGA Tour
PGA - The Shark Shootout Preview
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DATES: Friday, December 11th through Sunday, December 13th
SITE: Tiburon Golf Club (Gold Course), Naples, Florida
COURSE ARCHITECT: Greg Norman (1998)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,288
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 573 yds10 - Par 4 374 yds
2 - Par 4 440 yds11 - Par 4 408 yds
3 - Par 4 458 yds12 - Par 3 205 yds
4 - Par 4 428 yds13 - Par 4 370 yds
5 - Par 3 223 yds14 - Par 5 578 yds
6 - Par 5 592 yds15 - Par 4 435 yds
7 - Par 4 396 yds16 - Par 3 205 yds
8 - Par 3 172 yds17 - Par 5 534 yds
9 - Par 4 446 yds18 - Par 4 451 yds
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36 3,728 Yds36 3,560 Yds
 
Annual:  21st
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Friday -- 9 p.m.-12 a.m. (et) - replay,
  NBC - Saturday -- 4-6 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champions:  Scott Hoch and Kenny Perry (Hoch not defending)
Runners-Up:  J.B. Holmes and Boo Weekley
Tournament Record:  182 (Fred Couples and Raymond Floyd, 1990)
Single Round Alternate Shot Record:  57 (Fred Couples and Raymond Floyd, 1990)
Single Round Best Ball Record:  57 (Craig Stadler and Lanny Wadkins, 1996)
Single Round Scramble Record:  55 (Greg Norman and Nick Price, 1993;
  John Cook and Peter Jacobsen, 1998;
  Greg Norman and Steve Elkington, 2005)
Total Purse:  $3,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $750,000 - winning team; 2nd Place - $470,000 - per team
  3rd Place - $280,000 - per team; 4th Place - $220,000 - per team
  5th Place - $190,000 - per team; 6th Place - $175,000 - per team
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Hoch/K.Perry185Cink/Couples195
Holmes/Weekley189Azinger/Mediate198
Norman/Villegas191McDowell/Poulter200
Price/Sluman192Faxon/McCarron202
Z.Johnson/Verplank194Austin/Calcavecchia206
Kelly/Stricker194DiMarco/FunkWD
 
Past Shark Shootout Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Scott Hoch/Kenny Perry (185) -- J.B. Holmes/Boo Weekley
2007Woody Austin/Mark Calcavecchia (187) -- Greg Norman/Bubba Watson
2006*Jerry Kelly/Rod Pampling (185) -- Justin Leonard/Scott Verplank
2005John Huston/Kenny Perry (186) -- Fred Couples/Adam Scott
2004Hank Kuehne/Jeff Sluman (187) -- Steve Flesch/Justin Leonard
2003*Hank Kuehne/Jeff Sluman (193) -- Shaun Micheel/Chad Campbell,
Brad Faxon/Scott McCarron
2002Rocco Mediate/Lee Janzen (185) -- Matt Kuchar/David Gossett,
John Huston/Jeff Maggert
2001Brad Faxon/Scott McCarron (183) -- John Daly/Frank Lickliter
2000*Brad Faxon/Scott McCarron (190) -- Carlos Franco/Scott Hoch
1999Fred Couples/David Duval (184) -- Scott McCarron/Scott Hoch
1998*Greg Norman/Steve Elkington (189) -- John Cook/Peter Jacobsen
1997Bruce Lietzke/Scott McCarron (186) -- David Duval/Scott Hoch
1996Jay Haas/Tom Kite (187) -- Craig Stadler/Lanny Wadkins,
Hale Irwin/Curtis Strange
1995Mark Calcavecchia/Steve Elkington (184) -- Lee Janzen/Chip Beck
1994Fred Couples/Brad Faxon (190) -- Curtis Strange/Mark O'Meara
1993Steve Elkington/Ray Floyd (188) -- Hale Irwin/Bruce Lietzke,
Mark O'Meara/Curtis Strange,
Mark Calcavecchia/Brad Faxon,
Tom Kite/Davis Love III
1992Davis Love III/Tom Kite (191) -- Fred Couples/Ray Floyd,
Nick Price/Billy Ray Brown,
Hale Irwin/Bruce Lietzke
1991Tom Purtzer/Lanny Wadkins (189) -- Greg Norman/Jack Nicklaus
1990Ray Floyd/Fred Couples (182) -- Peter Jacobsen/Arnold Palmer
1989Curtis Strange/Mark O'Meara (190) -- Lanny Wadkins/Tom Weiskopf,
Bernhard Langer/John Mahaffey

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Previously called 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
Calcavecchia/GayCalcavecchia won in 1995 (Elkington) and 2007 (Austin)
C.Campbell/T.ClarkCampbell finished 2nd with Shaun Micheel in 2003
Flesch/D.JohnsonFlesch finished 2nd with Justin Leonard in 2004
DiMarco/FowlerFowler is the youngest player in event history at 20
Faxon/KucharFaxon won in 1994 (Couples), 2000 and 2001 (McCarron)
R.Fisher/PoulterPoulter finished 9th last year with Graeme McDowell
Holmes/K.PerryPerry won in 2005 (Huston) and 2008 (Hoch)
Z.Johnson/PricePrice 4th in 2008 (Sluman) and Johnson 5th (Verplank)
Kelly/StrickerFinished 6th in 2008, Kelly won in 2006 (Pampling)
Leonard/VerplankLost in a playoff to Jerry Kelly and Rod Pampling in 2006
McDowell/WeekleyMcDowell 9th in 2008 (Poulter), Weekley 2nd (Holmes)
McNeill/SlumanSluman won in 2003 and 2004 with Hank Kuehne

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Ross Fisher and Ian Poulter
Darkhorse - George McNeill and Jeff Sluman
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jim Furyk) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Anthony Kim) - Finished tied for 14th
 
NOTES:
Kenny Perry will try to win this event for the third time and second year in a row as he partners with fellow Kentuckian J.B. Holmes at the 21st annual Shark Shootout. Perry won last year with Scott Hoch, who can not compete this week due to a wrist injury. Tournament host Greg Norman is also not able to play as he recovers from shoulder surgery. The purse for this year's event has been increased by $100,000 from last year to $3,000,000 with the winning team earning $750,000.

In the field is a group of five major champions who have combined for seven major titles - Mark Calcavecchia (1989 British Open), Zach Johnson (2007 Masters), Justin Leonard (1997 British Open), Nick Price (1992 and 1994 PGA Championship, 1994 British Open), Jeff Sluman (1988 PGA Championship).

Last year, Hoch and Perry paired for a 12-under 60 in Sunday's scramble format and cruised to a four-shot victory at this event. Hoch and Perry finished the three-round championship at 31-under-par 185 at Tiburon Golf Club. For Hoch, this was his first victory in this tournament after several runner-up finishes in years past. Perry hoisted the trophy with John Huston in 2005. Holmes and Boo Weekley, a successful American Ryder Cup partnership, also shot a 12-under 60 in the final round and took second place at minus-27.

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 days old.

In 2007, Woody Austin and Mark Calcavecchia birdied the final hole on Sunday to win this event by a single stroke over tournament host Norman and Bubba Watson. Austin and Calcavecchia finished at 29-under-par 187 at Tiburon Golf Club. The win was Calcavecchia's second here. He paired with Steve Elkington to take the title in 1995. Austin became the seventh player to win this event in his first try, joining Mark O'Meara (1989), Curtis Strange (1989), Fred Couples (1990), Scott McCarron (1997), Hank Kuehne (2003) and Rod Pampling (2006).

In 2006, Jerry Kelly and Pampling beat Leonard and Scott Verplank on the first sudden-death playoff hole to win this event. The 2006 playoff was just the fourth in event history. Tournament host and founder 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 their 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 Fred Couples, while McCarron came away victorious in 1997 with Bruce Lietzke. Norman is the all-time money leader at this event with $1,408,250 in earnings. Faxon is second with $1,281,541, while Calcavecchia is third with $1,239,375.

For the ninth consecutive year, Norman's Tiburon Golf Club will be the venue for this tournament. The Shark Shootout 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 this event the first 11 years, while Doral Resort & Spa's Great White Course played host of the tournament 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.

Hoch paired with three different partners to finish second (1997, 1999, 2000) before winning in 2008 with Perry. Couples is a three-time winner of this event, all with different partners (Raymond Floyd - 1990; Faxon - 1994; and David Duval - 1999). Another three-time winner is Elkington, who paired with Floyd, Calcavecchia and Norman for his three titles.

The PGA Tour returns January 7-10 with the season-opening SBS Championship in Hawaii, where Geoff Ogilvy will defend his title against the winners of PGA Tour events from 2009.

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As of December 9, 2009, at 11:12 AM ET