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Love & Snedeker Lead After First Round

Round 1 Recap
Round 1 Game Story

NAPLES, Fla. -- U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker shot a 10-under 62 on Friday in modified alternate-shot play to take the first-round lead in the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Love said everyone on the U.S. team wanted to play with Snedeker, a captain's pick, so he took that advice this week.

Love and Snedeker made 10 birdies for the lowest score in the modified alternate-shot format.

"That's why I was so excited to play with him, because I knew it would be fun and comfortable," Love said.

Love and Snedeker made 10 birdies for the lowest score in the modified alternate-shot format in the 24-year-old tournament's 12 years in Naples. They tied the third-lowest score overall.

"For the first time in my career, I got to feel like what it's like to be Davis Love, to hit from some of his tee shots, and hit from some of his beautiful iron shots on these par 3s, and realize how the game is supposed to be played," Snedeker said.

Kenny Perry and Sean O'Hair were two strokes back on the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort's Tiburón Golf Club.

"In this format, both players have got to play well," O'Hair said.

Perry was thankful O'Hair saved him after a couple of poor chip shots.

"I didn't realize how long he was," Perry said. "I used to hit it kind of close to him, and now I realize I need to be staying on the Champions Tour after how far he hits it. I was just stunned."

The teams of Bud Cauley and Rickie Fowler, Jason Dufner and Vijay Singh, and Charles Howell III and Rory Sabbatini were third at 6 under. Defending champions Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele and 2010 winners Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter, and Stewart Cink and Carl Pettersson followed at 5 under.

The 12 teams will play best ball Saturday, then close the Greg Norman-hosted event with a scramble Sunday.

Love made an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 1, and a 30-footer on No. 3.

"Momentum really jump-started," Snedeker said.

The two followed with three straight on Nos. 6-8, then added birdies on Nos. 10, 12, 14, 15 and 17.

"We both played well and both made a few putts, but we both drove it well," Love said. "I think that was the key. We were picking which drive on every hole we wanted to use rather than one guy being out of the hole and struggling."

 

About Franklin Templeton Investments
Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN] is a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. Franklin Templeton Investments provides global and domestic investment management solutions managed by its Franklin, Templeton, Mutual Series, Franklin Bissett, Fiduciary Trust, Darby, Balanced Equity Management and K2 investment teams. The San Mateo, CA-based company has more than 65 years of investment experience and over $844 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2013. For more information, visit franklintempleton.com.
About Tiburón Golf Club
Tiburón Golf Club, a WCI managed facility, featuring two Greg Norman-designed golf courses, was carved from 800 acres of prime southwest Florida real estate. The courses reflect Norman's appreciation for pristine natural settings and his passion for great golf. The Black and The Gold courses contain a combination of stacked sod-wall bunkers and tricky coquina waste bunkers. Certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International, Tiburón reflects a strong commitment to enhancing and protecting the natural resources.
About The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
The AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Four Star Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples is renowned for its exceptional personalized service, inventive cuisine and luxurious accommodations, with panoramic views of the adjacent Greg Norman-designed Tiburón Golf Club. The 295-room Mediterranean-style resort, ranked as one of the top hotels in the U.S. by U.S. New & World Report (2012) is home to a pair of 18-hole signature Greg Norman golf courses at Tiburón and is home to both the annual PGA TOUR Franklin Templeton Shootout, hosted in December and the LPGA's CME Group Titleholders Event, held in November. The Tiburón Golf Course complex is complete with the PGA TOURAcademy, recognized as one of the top academies in the country and the TaylorMade Performance Lab which unites the golfer and fitter with advanced technology to create the ultimate club fitting experience. January 4, 2012, marked the 10th anniversary of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.
About Greg Norman Production Company
The Greg Norman Production Company (GNPC), a subsidiary of Great White Shark Enterprises, is a full service sports marketing company devoted to providing its clients with turn-key event management and consulting services.  GNPC is proud to operate the PGA TOUR-sanctioned Valero Texas Open, OHL Classic at Mayakoba and Franklin Templeton Shootout along with a variety of corporate and special events. GNPC prides itself on producing events and marketing initiatives that not only reflect the discerning standards of its namesake, but of its clients as well.

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704-553-4790
lee.patterson@gwse.com

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