Franklin Templeton Shootout: December 9-11
Formally known as the Shark Shootout and in existence since 1989, this will be the 28th edition of the Greg Norman-hosted Franklin Templeton Shootout.
The FTS is a 12 two-man team event staged over three days with the following format.
Thursday – First Round, Scramble
Friday – Second Round, Modified Alternate Shot
Saturday – Final Round, Better Ball
Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, Florida.
Last Five Winners
2010 – Jason Dufner & Brandt Snedeker
2014 – Jason Day & Cameron Tringale
2013 – Harris English & Matt Kuchar
2012 – Sean O’Hair & Kenny Perry
2011 – Keegan Bradley & Brendan Steele
Harris English & Mat Kuchar
The English/Kuchar pairing are worthy favourites on the strength of their last three event performances. They romped to victory three years and they’ve finished second in each of the last two years. These two have clearly clicked here and English has never partnered anyone else, whereas Kuchar is making his eighth appearance but the first five attempts, alongside various partners, aren’t worth mentioning.
Jason Dufner & Brandt Snedeker
The defending champions caused something of a surprise last year when partnering each-other for the first time. Dufner had played in the event three times previously with three different partners and Snedeker twice before with two different partners and neither had fared well. Dufner had finished third alongside Vijay Singh in 2012 but in five previous attempts with five different partners, that was far and away the best finish either had attained. Defending champions don’t have a great record of late and the last pairing to achieve the feat was Jeff Sluman and Hank Kuehne in 2004.
Justin Thomas & Smylie Kaufman
This is the first time good friends Thomas and Kaufman have played the event but I fancy they might take to it. Thomas has twice won the low-scoring CIMB Classic in Malaysia and Kaufman’s only PGA Tour win came at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open last year and that’s basically a birdie-fest too.
Kevin Chappell & Kevin Kisner
The only other pairing making their tournament debuts and trading at a single-figure price and I’m not entirely sure. Chappell has had a decent season without managing to break his PGA Tourduck but Kisner hasn’t been able to get close to the form that saw him easily with the RSM Classic a little over 12 months ago.
Charley Hoffman & Billy Horschel
This is the pairing I like best and although they’ve never played together here, they both have solid event form. Horschel has finished inside the top-four three times with three different partners and Hoffman was third last year on debut playing alongside Daniel Berger.
The two are very good friends and I distinctly remember how excited Billy was about Charley’s win at the Texas Open in April. Hoffman comes here after a run of three missed cuts and that’s the big negative but poor form prior to the event didn’t hinder last year’s winners and I can see these two clicking really well.
English and Kuchar are worthy favourites and if they were to win again I wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised but I’m taking a small chance on Hoffman and Horschel who might just gel really well.
BACK – Charley Hoffman & Billy Horschel at 10.5
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