Franklin Templeton Shootout Announces 12 Dynamic Teams

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Franklin TempletonNAPLES, Fla. (November 3, 2011) – Franklin Templeton Shootout host Greg Norman has paired a collection of golf’s most decorated individuals into two-man teams as the 23rd annual Shootout returns for an 11th time to Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, December 7-11.

Norman recently announced the 24-man field that features some of golf’s young stars, including 2011 PGA Champion Keegan Bradley, Player of the Year candidate Webb Simpson and the talented and colorful Rickie Fowler. In addition, World No. 5 Steve Stricker leads a group of 12 individuals who have compiled 15 titles this year. There are also six major championship winners and a pair of Hall of Famers scheduled to compete. As a group, they have amassed 132 total PGA TOUR victories, including nine major championship trophies.

Fred Funk and Brandt Snedeker have both withdrawn due to recent unscheduled surgeries. Funk will be replaced by Chad Campbell, who finished tied for fifth at this year’s Open Championship and has four career victories. Bo Van Pelt, who won Sunday in Malaysia, will replace Snedeker. Funk had to undergo thumb surgery and Snedeker had surgery on his hip.

“I received a lot of feedback from the players this year regarding who they would like to play with,” Norman said. “The fact that so many were interested is a nice reflection of how they view this event and what it means. The balance of this group is tremendous, and I can envision some very competitive teams rising to the occasion this year.

“Personally, I look forward to playing alongside Fredrik Jacobson, who won on TOUR earlier this year,” Norman added. “I’ve admired his game and have come to enjoy his company.”

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.

For the latest Franklin Templeton Shootout news and information, please visit the official tournament website at www.franklintempletonshootout.com.

Below is a snapshot of the 12 teams striving to earn this year’s title:

Fredrik Jacobson & Greg Norman: These two will be playing together for the first time. Jacobson earned his first career victory earlier this season at the Travelers Championship. He also finished T14 at the U.S. Open and T16 at the Open Championship. Norman, who won in 1998 with Steve Elkington, will be making his 22nd appearance while Jacobson will be making his Shootout debut.

Jerry Kelly & Steve Stricker: This marks the fourth consecutive year the 2009 champions will play together. Kelly and Stricker are both from Madison, Wisc., and were born exactly three months apart (Kelly-Nov. 23, 1966, Stricker-Feb. 23, 1967). They have combined for 14 PGA TOUR victories– Kelly three and Stricker 11, including two this year. Kelly has won two Shootout titles in six appearances. His first came in 2006 with Rod Pampling. Stricker, currently ranked fourth in the world, will compete for the fourth consecutive year.

Keegan Bradley & Brendan Steele: This duo of PGA TOUR rookies combined for three wins this year. Bradley is a two-time winner, including his victory at the PGA Championship. Steele won the Valero Texas Open. Both have famous relatives. Steele’s uncle is an actor who plays “Luke” on General Hospital and Bradley’s aunt is World Golf Hall of Fame member Pat Bradley

Charles Howell III & Justin Leonard: This Oklahoma State and University of Texas team is together for the first time. Howell III is a two-time winner on TOUR and has enjoyed a consistent year, finishing third twice and among the top 10 on seven occasions. Leonard is a 12-time winner whose best finish this year was second at Disney. Leonard will be making his seventh appearance in the Shootout while Howell III is making his fourth and first since 2007.

Rickie Fowler & Camilo Villegas: You might have to fight the crowds to follow this team. These two dynamic young players could be favorites when the competition begins. Both have a “go-for-it” attitude. Fowler recently won his first professional event in Asia. Since 2010, when he was named Rookie of the Year, Fowler has been among the top 10 in 11 tournaments and finished second three times. Villegas is a three-time winner on TOUR and was a member of Norman’s President Cup team in 2009.

Anthony Kim & Webb Simpson: Another dynamic young team. Simpson has enjoyed a breakthrough year with multiple wins that earned him the No. 2 spot on the TOUR’s Official Money list, a nomination for Player of the Year and a trip to his first Presidents Cup. While this is Simpson’s first Shootout, Kim returns for his third. Last year, he and Chris DiMarco were tied for third. Combined, this duo has won five TOUR titles in the past four years.

Stewart Cink & Bo Van Pelt: Van Pelt is the hot player on this team, which will compete for the first time. Including his win in Malaysia, Van Pelt has six top-10 finishes this year in addition to the eight he accumulated in 2010 and is currently ranked 25th in the world. Cink, winner of the 2009 Open Championship and owner of six career victories, will be making his sixth appearance at the Shootout.

Jason Dufner & Sean O’Hair: This is a rookie team to the Shootout. Both will compete for the first time and bring impressive credentials. O’Hair has won four times, including this year’s Canadian Open. Dufner is enjoying his best year on TOUR, with seven top-10 finishes that include a pair of runner-up finishes in playoffs–one of which occurred at the PGA Championship.

Chad Campbell & Chris DiMarco: Campbell has four career victories and DiMarco three. Although this will be the first time they have played together, both have two top-five finishes in past Shootout appearances with different partners. Another common factor, each has finished second in major championships during their career—DiMarco three times and Campbell once.

Rory Sabbatini & Jhonattan Vegas: Sabbatini is from South Africa and Vegas is from Venezuela, where the entire country celebrated when he became the first ever Venezuelan to not only be a member of the TOUR but to win this year at the Bob Hope Classic. Sabbatini is a veteran player who won for the sixth time this year with his victory at The Honda Classic.

Mark Calcavecchia & Nick Price: Two of the game’s nicest guys and great competitors have a combined 25 appearances in the Shootout. Calcavecchia is a two-time Shootout champion, most recently in 2007 with Woody Austin. Both of these major champions spend most of their time on the Champions Tour these days. Each has earned a victory this year and, combined, they have 24 top-10 finishes on the age 50-and-over circuit.

J.B. Holmes & Kenny Perry: This Kentucky duo has experienced Shootout success together. This will be Perry’s eighth appearance and Holmes’ fourth. Perry is a multiple champion of the Shootout, most recently in 2008. For Holmes, a two-time TOUR winner, this will mark the first time back in competition since undergoing brain surgery in late summer. Perry, a 14-time winner on TOUR, won this fall on the Champions Tour for the first time.



Alphabetical List of Participating Professionals

 Keegan Bradley
 Charles Howell III        
 Nick Price
 Mark Calcavecchia       
 Fredrik Jacobson  Rory Sabbatini
 Chad Campbell  Jerry Kelly  Webb Simpson
 Stewart Cink  Anthony Kim  Steve Stricker
 Chris DiMarco  Justin Leonard  Brendan Steele
 Jason Dufner  Greg Norman  Bo Van Pelt
 Rickie Fowler  Sean O’Hair  Jhonattan Vegas
 J.B. Holmes  Kenny Perry  Camilo Villegas


The Teams

 Fredrik Jacobson—Greg Norman
   Stewart Cink—Bo Van Pelt
 Jerry Kelly—Steve Stricker    Jason Dufner—Sean O’Hair
 Keegan Bradley—Brendan Steele    Chad Campbell—Chris DiMarco
 Charles Howell III—Justin Leonard        
   Rory Sabbatini—Jhonattan Vegas
 Rickie Fowler—Camilo Villegas    Mark Calcavecchia—Nick Price
 Anthony Kim—Webb Simpson    J.B. Holmes—Kenny Perry

Tickets for the Franklin Templeton Shootout are now on sale. Orders can be placed several ways: by calling 888-66-SHARK, online at www.franklintempletonshootout.com or by visiting the PGA TOUR Superstore in Naples, Lumpy’s in Ft. Myers or The Golf Shop at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.

About Franklin Templeton Investments
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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 Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples is renowned for its outstanding service, incredible cuisine and luxurious accommodations with panoramic views. The 295-room Mediterranean-style resort, ranked as the top golf resort in Florida by Golf Digest (October 2009), is home to a pair of 18-hole signature Greg Norman golf courses at Tiburón. The Tiburón Golf Course complex is complete with the Rick Smith Golf Academy, recognized as one of the top academies in the country.

About Greg Norman Production Company
The Greg Norman Production Company (GNPC), a subsidiary of Great White Shark Enterprises, is devoted to event management and sports marketing. The GNPC is proud to operate the PGA TOUR-sanctioned Mayakoba Golf Classic and Franklin Templeton Shootout, GolfPARatodos, Three Friends: One Goal, Greg Norman Estates events and many other corporate and special events. The 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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