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PGA - The Shark Shootout Preview
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DATES: Friday, December 10th through Sunday, December 12th
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:  22nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Saturday -- 4-6 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker
Runner-Up:  Holmes and K.Perry, C.Campbell and T.Clark, Leonard and Verplank
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
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Kelly/Stricker190DiMarco/Fowler196
Holmes/K.Perry191Faxon/Kuchar198
C.Campbell/T.Clark191McDowell/Weekley198
Leonard/Verplank191Calcavecchia/Gay198
R.Fisher/Poulter193Z.Johnson/N.Price200
Flesch/D.Johnson193McNeill/Sluman201
 
Past Shark Shootout Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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 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
Calc/OvertonCalcavecchia won in 1995 (Elkington) and 2007 (Austin)
Choi/WeirBoth players competing in this event for the first time
Clarke/McDowellMcDowell finished T-8 in 2009 with Boo Weekley
J.Day/SabbatiniSabbatini finished 4th in 2006 with Trevor Immelman
DiMarco/KimDiMarco finished 3rd with Camilo Villegas in 2007
Duval/Love IIIDuval won in 1999 (Couples), Love won in 1992 (Kite)
Funk/K.PerryPerry won in 2005 (John Huston) and 2008 (Scott Hoch)
Fowler/B.WatsonWatson finished 2nd in 2007 with Greg Norman
D.Johnson/PoulterBoth players finished T-5 in 2009 with different partners
Kelly/StrickerWon in 2009, Kelly won in 2006 with Rod Pampling
Kuchar/NormanNorman won in 1998 with Steve Elkington
Leonard/VerplankFinished 2nd in 2006 and T-2 in 2009

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter
Darkhorse - Chris DiMarco and Anthony Kim
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Ian Poulter) - Finished tied for 6th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Zach Johnson) - Finished tied for 9th
 
NOTES:
Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker will try to win this event for the second year in a row as the Wisconsin natives team up again at the 22nd annual Shark Shootout. Kelly will be looking for his third overall title here, as he also won in 2006 with Rod Pampling. Tournament host Greg Norman is playing with Matt Kuchar, won the 2010 PGA Tour money title.

In the field is a group of seven major champions who have combined for eight major titles - Mark Calcavecchia (1989 British Open), David Duval (2001 British Open), Justin Leonard (1997 British Open), Davis Love III (1997 PGA Championship), Graeme McDowell (2010 U.S. Open), Norman (1986 and 1993 British Open) and Mike Weir (2003 Masters).

Last year, Kelly and Stricker fired a 13-under 59 on Sunday to earn a one-shot win at this event. Kelly and Stricker finished with a 26-under 190 after three rounds at Tiburon Golf Club. Stricker's eagle at the 17th hole on the final day 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 could not make birdie at the 18th.

In 2008, Scott Hoch and 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 this event 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 Love 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 $1,408,250 in earnings. Faxon is second with $1,359,041, while Calcavecchia is third with $1,316,875.

For the 10th 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, all with different partners (Floyd - 1990; Faxon - 1994; Duval - 1999). Another three-time winner is Elkington, who paired with Floyd, Calcavecchia and Norman for his three titles.

The PGA Tour returns January 6-9 with the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where Geoff Ogilvy will be trying to win for the third consecutive year against winners of PGA Tour events from 2010.

12/07 15:17:10 ET

As of December 7, 2010, at 03:17 PM ET

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