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2003 In Review

2003 Franklin Templeton Shootout
Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
November 12-16, 2003

Kuehne, Sluman Survive Two-Hole, Three-Team Playoff

NAPLES, Fla. - Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman took advantage of generous scramble rules to add one last birdie in regulation.

As it turns out, that birdie earned the team a spot in the first three-way playoff in Franklin Templeton Shootout history alongside Chad Campbell and Shaun Micheel and Brad Faxon and Scott McCarron.

On the second extra hole, which was played using the better-ball format, Kuehne sunk a four-foot birdie putt to clinch the title. It was the first Shootout victory for both players. Kuehne and Sluman each pocketed $275,000.

1x-Jeff Sluman & Hank Kuehne-7-4-1218-23$275,000 each
T2Brad Faxon & Scott McCarron-5-9-918-23$142,500 each
T2Shaun Micheel & Chad Campbell-3-9-1118-23$142,500 each
4Mark O'Meara & John Cook-4-8-918-21$90,000 each
5Kenny Perry & Scott Hoch-6-9-417-19$77,500 each
6Rocco Mediate & Lee Janzen-3-6-918-18$75,000 each
T7Craig Stadler & Peter Jacobsen-3-4-1018-17$71,250 each
T7Matt Kuchar & Fred Funk-5-4-818-17$71,250 each
T9Greg Norman & Steve ElkingtonE-3-1218-15$66,250 each
T9Tom Kite & John HustonE-8-718-15$66,250 each
11Paul Azinger & Olin Browne-4-2-718-13$62,500 each
12Rich Beem & Mark CalcavecchiaE-2-918-11$60,000 each
x - won in playoffLast Updated: November 16, 2003, 4:15 pm EST

2003 News Index

Big Winner Of Shootout Is Charity
Greg Norman likes to refer to Southwest Florida as a new home for his Franklin Templeton Shootout. This week, the event, featuring 24 PGA Tour pros, once again showed its heart as well.

Franklin Templeton Shootout A Huge Success
The third year of The Franklin Templeton Shootout was charming. For the second year, the players got to enjoy the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, on-site at Tiburón Golf Club.

Kuehne, Sluman Survive Two-Hole, Three-Team Playoff
Hank Kuehne took advantage of his prodigious length on the second playoff hole to lift he and partner Jeff Sluman to the winner's circle of the 2003 Franklin Templeton Shootout. They outlasted Chad Campbell-Shaun Micheel and Brad Faxon-Scott McCarron in the extra session.

Kuehne, Sluman Win Shootout Playoff
Hank Kuehne rolled in a 4-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole, giving him and partner Jeff Sluman The Franklin Templeton Shootout title.

Shootout Expo Center A Popular Hangout
Strategically positioned in an area roughly the size of a football field is a mecca for spectator-sponsor interaction at The Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Tour Wives Play Significant Role
While The Franklin Templeton Shootout entrants walked the Tiburón Golf Course links Thursday, their wives enjoyed a day at the spa at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.

Lucky 14 For Hoch, Perry
If Scott Hoch and Kenny Perry hold on to win the 2003 Franklin Templeton Shootout, they'll look back on the 14th hole Saturday as the critical juncture. That's where Hoch executed a remarkable recovery from the trees and saved par. Hoch and Perry lead at 15 under, one-shot ahead of Brad Faxon and Scott McCarron.

Hoch, Perry Take Shootout Lead
Scott Hoch and Kenny Perry made an eagle and seven birdies on Saturday, giving them the lead after two rounds at The Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Shootout's Odd Couple Leads By One
Seven inches, 70 pounds, 16 years and 40 yards per drive separate Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman. The odd couple tallied eight birdies and a bogey on a gusty Friday at Tiburón Golf Club and enjoys a one-shot lead at The Franklin Templeton Shootout. Scott Hoch and Kenny Perry are alone in second at 6 under.

Kuehne, Sluman lead Franklin Templeton Shootout
Jeff Sluman was eager to join up with Hank Kuehne. The chance to play a team format with the Tour's longest driver was too good to pass up.

PGA Tour Wives Visit Children's Hospital
Franklin Templeton Shootout host Laura Norman and several other wives of the participating players in this year's field visited The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers Friday afternoon. The group toured the facility and spent time working on arts and crafts with children currently undergoing cancer treatment.

Norman Actively Tuning Game
Greg Norman hasn't given up hope of winning more golf tournaments just yet -- or so it would appear. Dating back to before July's British Open, the 48-year-old Australian has been working with Naples-based swing instructor Rick Smith.

Nobody Hammers Them Like Hank
Hank Kuehne had his best year ever on the PGA Tour this season, making 14 cuts and earning over $800,000. But it's fables of his driving prowess for which he's best known.

Beamer Videophones Join Franklin Templeton Shootout
As a special gift from Franklin Templeton Shootout tournament hosts Laura and Greg Norman, each member of the 24-man field received a set of Beamers -- the award-winning videophone that instantly adds live, color motion video to your phone calls.

Norman Handicaps Shootout Field
The 15th annual Franklin Templeton Shootout begins Friday at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Fla. Greg Norman, who is paired with fellow Aussie Steve Elkington this week, sat down with Shark.com to discuss each of the 12 teams in this year's field.

Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort No. 4 in North america
With thousands of resorts to choose from, and less than two years after it opened, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples was voted the fourth best resort in North america by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine and received an impressive 90.9 rating.

Players Ready For Weekend Shootout
The Franklin Templeton Shootout is ready for a charming weekend, its third in Southwest Florida.

Norman Delights Kids At NCCF Clinic
The National Childhood Cancer Foundation Children's Clinic at Tiburón Golf Club was filled with happiness. But no one was happier than Ben Klassen, who was ecstatic to meet Greg Norman. Nearly three years ago, Klassen was diagnosed with cancer. Thanks in part to donations from The Franklin Templeton Shootout, he is now in remission.

Big-Hitting Kuehne Putting It Together
Hank Kuehne has always had the talent. This year he put it all together.

Bradshaw, Brown Add Celebrity To Shootout
among the 96 participants in the two-day Franklin Templeton Shootout Pro-am is a Hall of Fame quarterback and a Hall of Fame anchor.

Faldo Withdraws Due To Back Injury
Nick Faldo withdrew from The Franklin Templeton Shootout Monday due to concern regarding a back injury. Matt Kuchar will replace Faldo and join Fred Funk as competition begins Friday at Tiburón Golf Club.

This & That On The 2003 Franklin Templeton Shootout Field
An impressive field will be coming to Naples next week for The Franklin Templeton Shootout. Here are some interesting facts about the careers of this special group.

NCCF, Ad Council To Launch National PSA Campaign
The Advertising Council, in partnership with the NCCF, announced the addition of a public service advertising campaign that will help children with cancer and their families receive the information, resources and support.

Franklin Templeton Shootout's Shark Club Sells Out
Memberships to The Franklin Templeton Shootout's Shark Club, an exclusive air-conditioned hospitality venue available to both corporate and individual purchasers, are sold out for the third straight year.

Pairings Announced For Franklin Templeton Shootout
NAPLES, Fla. - Greg Norman announced pairings Tuesday for the 15th annual Franklin Templeton Shootout scheduled for November 12-16 at Tiburón Golf Club. The team of Rocco Mediate and Lee Janzen will defend its title against a group of players and teams representing 192 PGA Tour victories and 20 major championships.

Franklin Templeton Shootout Field Finalized
Greg Norman announced the addition of Hank Kuehne to the field for the 15th annual Franklin Templeton Shootout. Kuehne leads the PGA Tour in Driving Distance with a 319.6-yard average and his final-round scoring average of 68.67 is the lowest on Tour.

Shootout Boasts Impressive Field
Greg Norman announced 16 more player commitments to the 15th annual Franklin Templeton Shootout. Shaun Micheel, Kenny Perry, Rich Beem, Nick Faldo, Chad Campbell and Paul Azinger have committed to play and will all be making their first Shootout appearance. The field includes six of the top 30 players in the world.

Janzen, Mediate Ready To Defend Shootout Title
Lee Janzen and Rocco Mediate have agreed to join forces again and defend their title at The Franklin Templeton Shootout November 12-16 at Tiburón Golf Club and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. Tournament host Greg Norman also announced that Jeff Sluman, Mark Calcavecchia, Scott McCarron and Brad Faxon will also return.

Tiburón, Ritz-Carlton To Host Shootout Through 2004
The Greg Norman Production Company has reached an agreement with WCI Communities and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples to host The Franklin Templeton Shootout at Tiburón Golf Club through 2004.

Shootout Purse Climbs To $2.4 Million
The purse for The Franklin Templeton Shootout will be increased by $150,000 for 2003 to a record $2.4 million.

Volunteers Make Shootout Shine
Volunteers have a hand in most every aspect of The Franklin Templeton Shootout, and it's their commitment, effort and spirit that make the tournament a success. They arrive early, stay late and do it all for the benefit of the thousands of spectators who stroll the lush fairways of Tiburón Golf Club. Ages range from early teens to mid-80s and they arrive from all over Florida, Wisconsin, Canada and England.

Ritz Awarded by Mobil Travel and Conde Nast
The Ritz Carlton Resorts of Naples won the highly coveted 2003 Mobil Travel Guide Awards and ranked in the Top 10 of North american resorts in the annual Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards. Ten months after its grand opening, The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort, Naples was honored with the Mobil Four-Star Award.

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