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Kuchar, English Lead Franklin Templeton Shootout

Round 1 Recap
Round 1 Game Story

In seven rounds at the course, the team of English and Kuchar are a combined 79-under-par.

NAPLES, Fla. -- Matt Kuchar and Harris English made a run at the record in the first round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

They're in the lead with a 14-under 58 at the Tiburón Golf Club. Billy Horschel-Hunter Mahan and Graeme McDowell-Gary Woodland are tied for second with 59s.

Kuchar and English opened with an eagle on No. 1 and followed with three straight birdies. They had two birdies from Nos. 5-9 and three straight birdies from Nos. 13-15 on the back nine. They finished with an eagle on No. 17 and birdie on No. 18.

"Having Kooch as a backup guy is pretty good," English said. "I know if I mess up or I miss a putt, I wouldn't want anybody else hitting a shot or putting behind me."

Jason Day, who won last year's event with Cameron Tringale, withdrew last week. Kuchar and English got close to the tournament record of 55, set by Day and Tringale last year.

"Having a partner lets you be a little bit more aggressive, lets you be a little more free-swinging," Kuchar said. "We've just formed a good partnership and get in a pretty good groove out there."

Since being paired in 2013, Kuchar and English have gone 79 under in their seven rounds. That's an average of a little better than 11 under per round.

Horschel-Mahan birdied their first three holes and went birdie-eagle-birdie to end their day. They also eagled No. 14.

The format Friday will be modified alternate shot. Horschel said they'd be pleased to go 13 under again.

"I think we're going to come in here with some pretty big smiles on our face," he said.

 

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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 is home to a pair of 18-hole signature Greg Norman golf courses at Tiburón. The course is the host location for both the annual PGA TOUR Franklin Templeton Shootout, held in December and the LPGA’s CME Group Tour Championship Event, held in November.
About Tiburόn Golf Club
Tiburón Golf Club, offering 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. Tiburón features a 27,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style clubhouse with fine dining, private member locker rooms and lounge areas, and a fully-equipped golf shop. The member-only Fitness and Health Club offers state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment, a spacious aerobics room, massage treatment rooms, men’s and women’s locker rooms, steam rooms and a club room for private functions. Certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International, Tiburón reflects a strong commitment to enhancing and protecting the natural resources. Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, annually hosts the Franklin Templeton Shootout, the LPGA CME TOUR Championship and is home to the Tiburón Golf Academy and Tiburón Golf Performance Group, featuring top industry professionals in golf instruction, custom club fitting and building, sports psychology and fitness.

Contact

Lee Patterson
Franklin Templeton Shootout
704-553-4790
lee.patterson@gwse.com

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