Tournament Celebrates its 25th Anniversary
NAPLES, Fla. (November 29, 2013) – Brandt Snedeker, the 2012 FedEx Cup Champion, has withdrawn from the Franklin Templeton Shootout due to injury and will be replaced by Harris English, a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR this year.
English will team with Matt Kuchar when 24 of the world’s top players compete as 12-man teams for the 25th annual Shootout title which returns for a 13th time to Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, December 9-15.
Snedeker is recuperating an injured left leg.
“I have been pain free for the last five or so days. However, based on advice from my doctor, I feel it would be best to not push a return so that I will be at full strength and ready for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions,” said Snedeker. “The Franklin Templeton Shootout is such a fun event and I regret not being there this year. I want to thank Greg Norman for understanding my situation and I know they will have a great 25th anniversary competition in Naples.”
English recently won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, the final official event of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR schedule. In doing so, the 24-year-old joined Rory McIlroy as the only current players under the age of 25 with multiple TOUR victories. English won the FedEx St. Jude Classic earlier this year.
Defending champions Sean O’Hair and Kenny Perry, the recently crowned 2013 Champions Tour Charles Schwab Cup Champion, will defend their title as the 12 teams battle for a piece of the $3.1 million purse.
Throughout its history, the Shootout has included many of golf’s greatest players. As a premier PGA TOUR post-season event, the Franklin Templeton Shootout will once again feature a modified alternate-shot format during the first round, a better ball Saturday and a final-round scramble. This year, Golf Channel will televise Friday and NBC will broadcast the weekend competition.
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