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Dufner & Snedeker Claim Victory At Franklin Templeton Shootout

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Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker birdied the last two holes in a better-ball format and won the Franklin Templeton Shootout by two shots.

NAPLES, Fla. -- Jason Dufner felt his pairing with Brandt Snedeker would work out well, particularly in best ball.

He was right.

Dufner and Snedeker birdied the last two holes in best ball on Saturday and won the Franklin Templeton Shootout by two shots. The Dufner-Snedeker team finished at 30-under 186 at Tiburón Golf Club.

"I'm pretty consistent, I'm in the fairway, I'm on the greens. That gives him a lot of confidence," Dufner said. "He putts really well so that gives me more confidence. I was able to stroke the ball a lot freer this week."

Added Snedeker: "I play with Jason a lot and this is the best I've ever seen him roll it."

Harris English and Matt Kuchar, who have finished first, second and second the past three years, shot 28 under for second. Charley Hoffman and PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Daniel Berger finished at 27 under.

Hoffman and Berger, who led by a shot after Friday's round, struggled early, particularly Hoffman.

Dufner-Snedeker, starting one shot back, had six birdies on the front nine. A Snedeker chip-in from 30 feet on No. 3 helped get them off to a good start.

"I thought today we did exactly what I thought we had to do," Snedeker said.

They followed with birdies on Nos. 10, 12, 13, 17 and 18 as they kept attacking.

"The key for us was 17," Snedeker said. "(Jason) made a clutch, tough 4-footer down the hill that gave us the lead going into the last hole."

English-Kuchar missed some of the putts they made on their way to the 2013 title. One of the putts that left Kuchar particularly frustrated was a 4-footer he sent long on No. 15.

"On 15, it was left to right, which is not easy and the wind was going with the break," Kuchar said. "Usually, that's one I make most of the time. It's a bummer to miss it.

"We had good putts and it was a good week but to win, you certainly have to make ones inside 10 feet and then make a couple of others."

 

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 to retail, institutional and sovereign wealth clients in over 150 countries. Through specialized teams, the Company has expertise across all asset classes — including equity, fixed income, alternative and custom solutions. The Company’s more than 600 investment professionals are supported by its integrated, worldwide team of risk management professionals and global trading desk network. With offices in 35 countries, the California-based company has more than 65 years of investment experience and over $770 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2015. For more information, please visit franklintempleton.com.
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.

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

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