After the first stage of the Franklin Templeton Shootout at the Greg Norman designed, Tiburon Golf Course in Naples, Florida, the leaderboard is full. The team of Kenny Perry / Sean O’Hair joined the Matt Kuchar/Harris English team, and that of Charles HowellIII/Justin Leonard and had a three-shot lead over the 12-team field when action completed on Friday afternoon.
The teams have completed the Modified Alternate Shot competition, and will play Better Ball on Saturday when play resumes. Sunday’s competition will be a Scramble format. Sounds like a lot of fun for the pro’s, and a lot of prize money to play golf in sunny Florida.
The final event before the regular part of the 2014 season gets underway next month has a $ 3.1 Million Dollar purse with $ 375,000 going to the winner.
The 53 year-old Perry, who is the reigning Charles Schwab Cup Champion joins Sean O’Hair as the defending champions at the tournament which started out as the Shark Shootout. They birdied three holes on the front nine, and went on a four-hole birdie run at the 13th hole to get a piece of the lead.
“It was a fun day for me,” said Perry, the Champions Tour Player of the Year and Charles Schwab Cup champion. “When (O’Hair) poured it in from about 15 feet on the first hole I knew it was going to be a good day for us. We were never in any trouble.
“We had a great chance to really go low today and better than 8 under, but that’s OK. I mean, alternate shot is a tough format. To me it’s my favorite format. I love it more than any format of all the three. So, you know, you can lose it. If we get off to a crummy start it’s hard to catch up with best ball and scramble coming up.”
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