PGA Tour
PGA - Franklin Templeton Shootout Preview
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DATES: Friday, December 9th through Sunday, December 11th
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
36 3,728 Yds36 3,560 Yds
Annual:  23rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Friday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  NBC - Saturday -- 2:30-4:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
  Golf Channel - Saturday/Sunday -- 9:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell
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
2010 Finish
Clarke/McDowell188Duval/Love III192
Past Franklin Templeton Shootout Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Dustin Johnson/Ian Poulter (186) -- Darren Clarke/Graeme McDowell
2009Jerry Kelly/Steve Stricker (190) -- J.B. Holmes/Kenny Perry,
Chad Campbell/Tim Clark,
Justin Leonard/Scott Verplank
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 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
Bradley/SteeleBoth players competing in this event for the first time
Calcavecchia/PriceCalcavecchia won in 1995 (Elkington) and 2007 (Austin)
C.Campbell/DiMarcoCampbell finished T-2 in 2003 (Micheel) and 2009 (Clark)
Cink/Van PeltCink finished 7th in 2008 with Fred Couples
Dufner/O'HairBoth players competing in this event for the first time
Fowler/VillegasFowler finished tied for 10th last year with Bubba Watson
Stallings/K.PerryPerry won in 2005 (John Huston) and 2008 (Scott Hoch)
Howell III/LeonardLeonard finished 2nd in 2004, 2006 and 2009
McCarron/NormanMcCarron has won three times, Norman once
Kelly/StrickerWon in 2009, Kelly won in 2006 with Rod Pampling
A.Kim/W.SimpsonKim finished tied for 3rd last year with Chris DiMarco
Sabbatini/VegasSabbatini finished T-3 with Trevor Immelman in 2006

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Anthony Kim and Webb Simpson
Darkhorse - Stewart Cink and Bo Van Pelt
Last Week's Pick to Win (Webb Simpson) - Finished tied for 13th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Hunter Mahan) - Finished tied for 4th
Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker will try to win this event for the second time in three years as the Wisconsin natives team up again at the 23rd annual Franklin Templeton Shootout. Kelly will be looking for his third overall title here, as he also won in 2006 with Rod Pampling. Kelly and Stricker finished tied for third last year after winning in 2009. Tournament host Greg Norman is playing with Scott McCarron.

In the field is a group of six major champions who have combined for nine major titles - Keegan Bradley (2011 PGA Championship), Mark Calcavecchia (1989 British Open), Stewart Cink (2009 British Open), Justin Leonard (1997 British Open), Norman (1986 and 1993 British Open) and Nick Price (1992, 1994 PGA Championship, 1994 British Open).

Last year, 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. They finished at 30-under-par 186 and both won this event for the first time. Johnson and Poulter will not be on hand to defend their title this year. Johnson is recovering from knee surgery in November and Poulter is playing at the Dubai World Championship on the European Tour.

In 2008, Scott Hoch and Kenny Perry paired for a 12-under 60 in Sunday's scramble format and cruised to a four-shot victory. Hoch and Perry finished the three-round championship at 31-under-par 185. 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. 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.

Woody Austin and Mark Calcavecchia birdied the final hole on Sunday in 2007 to win by a single stroke over tournament host Norman and Bubba Watson. Austin and Calcavecchia finished at 29-under-par 187. 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 in his first try, joining Mark O'Meara (1989), Curtis Strange (1989), Fred Couples (1990), Scott McCarron (1997), Hank Kuehne (2003) and Pampling (2006).

In 2006, Kelly and Pampling beat Leonard and Scott Verplank on the first sudden-death playoff hole. 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 Couples, while McCarron came away victorious in 1997 with Bruce Lietzke. Norman is the all-time money leader at this event with $1,485,750 in earnings. Calcavecchia is second with $1,389,375, while Faxon is third with $1,359,041.

For the 11th 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.

Hoch paired with three different partners to finish second (1997, 1999, 2000) before winning in 2008 with Perry. Couples is a three-time winner, all with different partners (Floyd - 1990; Faxon - 1994; David Duval - 1999). Another three-time winner is Elkington, who paired with Floyd (1993), Calcavecchia (1995) and Norman (1998) for his three titles.

The PGA Tour returns January 6-9 with the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, where Jonathan Byrd will defend his title against winners of PGA Tour events from 2011.

12/07 14:54:06 ET

As of December 7, 2011, at 02:54 PM ET