15th Year in Naples is December 7-12
NAPLES, Fla. (October 29, 2015) – Tournament Host and World Golf Hall of Fame member Greg Norman announced today the 12 two-man teams as the 27th annual Franklin Templeton Shootout returns for a 15th time to Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, December 7-12, 2015.
The 24-player field features seven of the top 30 players in the world, two reigning major championship winners, eight players earning a total of 12 victories during the 2014-2015 season and seven past champions of the Franklin Templeton Shootout. There are also two past FedExCup champions, seven 2015 Presidents Cup participants and five players who will be competing in the Franklin Templeton Shootout for the first time. Collectively, the field has 116 career PGA TOUR victories.
Last year’s champions Jason Day and Cameron Tringale are coming back to defend their title.
“With the teams lined up for this year’s competition, I think we are in for another compelling finish this December,” said Norman. “The players have expressed their appreciation for the unique format and truly enjoy teaming up with their fellow friends and pros. Without a doubt, all the fans, volunteers, military, youth and TV audience will have an entertaining experience.”
Last year’s champions Jason Day and Cameron Tringale will defend their title as the 12 teams battle for a piece of the $3.1 million purse.
This year’s tournament will feature eight new teams and four repeat pairings. The most decorated repeat team is Harris English and Matt Kuchar, the 2013 Shootout champions, who finished second to Day and Tringale last year by one stroke.
The Franklin Templeton Shootout is the longest-running PGA TOUR-sanctioned post-season event and, throughout its history, the tournament has included many of golf’s greatest players. The Shootout will once again feature a different format during each of the three competitive rounds: Scramble (Thursday), Modified Alternate Shot (Friday) and Better Ball (Saturday).
This year, Golf Channel will televise Thursday and Friday live from 1-4 p.m. ET and FOX will broadcast Saturday’s final round which will be live from 1-5 p.m. ET.
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Below is a snapshot of the 12 teams:
|Jason Day & Cameron Tringale: When this team won a year ago, Day was ranked No. 8 in the world and, after a tremendous season, he is currently World No. 1. The defending champions shot a record-tying 55 in the Scramble format to take the lead and won in wire-to-wire fashion. Tringale became the 11th player to win the event in his first attempt, and the duo will try to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since 2004.|
|Harris English & Matt Kuchar: These two have posted some impressive numbers since starting their partnership with a victory in 2013. In their first two years as a team, English and Kuchar are 65-under-par in six rounds at the Franklin Templeton Shootout. They also own or share two tournament records and have pocketed $627,500 each in their short work together.|
|Zach Johnson & Patrick Rodgers: This team will feature Johnson, The Open Championship winner with 12 career victories, playing in his fourth Shootout, and a first-time appearance by Rodgers. Johnson’s best finish here was a tie for fifth in 2008 with Scott Verplank. Rodgers, one of five rookies to the event, turned pro in 2014 and played on sponsor exemptions during this past season. He earned over $1 million in 17 starts to earn his PGA TOUR card for the 2015-2016 season.|
|Graeme McDowell & Gary Woodland: A year ago, this pairing finished tied for fifth. They were in second place after the second round, trailing Day and Tringale by three strokes before a final-round 66 slipped them out of contention. McDowell finished second in 2010 with Darren Clarke for his best finish in four previous starts. This will be Woodland’s second start.|
|Daniel Berger & Charley Hoffman: Two new players will join forces in Naples following a year of tremendous play. This is certainly a team to pay attention to. Berger was voted the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year thanks to 15 top-25 finishes -- including a playoff loss -- in only 21 starts. Hoffman began the season with a victory at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. By season’s end, Hoffman had seven top-10 finishes that included a pair of runner-up finishes and a third place finish. |
|Billy Horschel & Hunter Mahan: Another new team that could perform well. In his two previous appearances, Horschel has never finished out of the top five here and with Ian Poulter he was tied for third last year. This will be Mahan’s first Shootout appearance. This team has a combined nine career TOUR wins. In 2014 Horschel won the FedExCup playoffs and Mahan finished sixth.|
|Sean O’Hair & Mike Weir: O’Hair is a past champion with Kenny Perry in 2012 and Weir is one of six major championship winners in the field. In 2003, Weir became the first Canadian to win the Masters Tournament. By the way, O’Hair’s last victory on TOUR was the 2011 RBC Canadian Open. These two have a combined 12 career victories on TOUR.|
|J.B. Holmes & Patrick Reed: Both players were members of the victorious United States’ Presidents Cup team in October. They were not paired during the matches but both made contributions combining for four points. Each player has four victories on the PGA TOUR with six of those combined wins coming in the past two years. Holmes’ best finish in the Shootout was a tie for second in 2009 with partner Kenny Perry. Their world ranking combo makes them a powerful team. Reed is No. 19 in the world and Holmes is No. 20.|
|Retief Goosen & Danny Lee: This is the only International team in the field. Goosen, a two-time major champion from South Africa, will be guiding New Zealand’s Lee through his first Shootout appearance. Lee had his best season on TOUR, which included a win at The Greenbrier Classic and a spot on the International Team in the Presidents Cup. While he represented New Zealand, Lee received a home country welcome as he was born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand at the age of eight. Goosen has been on six Presidents Cup teams.|
|Kenny Perry & Steve Stricker: Together for the first time but not new to the Franklin Templeton Shootout. Perry is second all-time with eight top-five finishes for an individual and is one of five players to win the Shootout three times. Stricker played with Jerry Kelly for seven consecutive years, winning in 2009. This team has a combined 26 career TOUR wins.|
|Charles Howell III & Rory Sabbatini: One of the four repeat teams but together for the first time since 2012 when they finished second, one stroke behind Sean O’Hair and Kenny Perry. Both will be playing in their eighth Franklin Templeton Shootout, and they have a combined eight career victories on the PGA TOUR. They both competed in the 2007 Presidents Cup.|
|Jason Dufner & Brandt Snedeker: This 2013 PGA Championship winner and 2012 FedExCup champion will be paired together for the first time. Dufner is playing in his fourth Shootout and Snedeker in his third. Dufner’s best finish was third when he played with Vijay Singh in 2012. Snedeker will be looking to crack the top-five for the first time since he finished tied for third with partner Davis Love III in 2012.|