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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 trophy presentation.

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 completed.

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 nine.

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 one-shot lead.

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 partners.

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- under 196.

12/13 17:54:53 ET

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