Kuchar and English move ahead at Franklin Templeton Shootout
Naples, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Kuchar and Harris English combined to shoot 12-under-par 60 on Saturday and move ahead by four strokes entering the final round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
Kuchar and English sit at 20-under-par 124 through 36 holes on Tiburon Golf Club's Gold Course.
"It was a great day," said Kuchar. "We finished incredibly. Got off to kind of a slow start. The wind picked up and it was tricky there for a few holes."
Retief Goosen and Freddie Jacobson fired a 61 to grab second place at 16- under, while Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood also carded a 61 to charge into a share of third place. Poulter and Westwood stand alongside Charles Howell III and Justin Leonard (67) at minus-13.
"Overall not too bad, but yeah, four shots behind tomorrow, we need something really low," Goosen said.
Overnight co-leaders and defending champions Kenny Perry and Sean O'Hair shot 69, with a double bogey at the ninth, and dropped into a tie for sixth alongside Rory Sabbatini and Scott Verplank (64) at 11-under.
Kuchar and English found themselves tied for the top spot after Friday's modified alternate shot format and they built on that success during Saturday's better ball.
The pair started slow, but they finished with an incredible flurry, reeling off nine birdies and an eagle from the eighth before parring the last.
Kuchar got the run going with a 20-footer for birdie at No. 8 and English followed with a 15-foot birdie at the ninth.
Around the turn, four more birdies followed before the duo reach the par-5 14th, where Kuchar blasted his second shot within six feet of the cup and converted the putt for eagle.
Three more birdies followed, highlighted by Kuchar's 48-footer from the fringe at the par-3 16th, before the pair parred the last to wrap up their scorching effort.
"That's what this team format's about, just get the momentum on your side and roll with it," said English. "(Kuchar) got really hot on that back nine, just making it from everywhere, so I just kind of sat back and watched and enjoyed it. That was a lot of fun."
NOTES: Kuchar and English carded a 27 on their back nine ... Their 61 was one shy of the event's better-ball record set by John Daly and Frank Lickliter in 2001 ... The final round will switch to a scramble format ... Perry and O'Hair are trying to become the first back-to-back winners since Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman turned the trick in 2003 and 2004.
12/14 17:39:27 ET