Matt Kuchar, Harris English Team Up To Dominate Franklin Templeton Shootout

By Brandon Raper
Debby Wong – USA TODAY Sports

It’s a fact of golf life – scrambles are a lot of fun. With teams of two players, you get to play two shots from the same location, take the best one, and rinse and repeat until you hole out. The best score counts, and each teammate has a chance of pulling out some great shots. It can make an average duffer feel like a star.

Now think about how much fun they would be if your team is made up of top-level PGA Tour pros, and you’re playing for hundreds of thousands of dollars in a nice, relaxed environment. Sounds like a dream? Well, that’s exactly what the final round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Fla. looks like.

With the tour season taking it’s only real month off in December, a handful of golf’s finest took to Tiburon Golf Club for the annual team-format exhibition. Even tournament host and course designer Greg Norman got in on the event that once bore his name – “tiburon,” of course, is Spanish for “Shark”.

While the team event is always fun, a bit of tournament history was made on Sunday. Matt Kuchar was paired with Harris English this week after Brandt Snedeker withdrew with injury concerns. English, fresh off his victory at the OHL Mayakoba Classic, was making his first appearance at the event, and he certainly left his mark.

The Kuchar-English led or shared the lead from wire to wire this week, and on Sunday they set the tournament record with a remarkable 14-under-par 58 to win by seven strokes, pocketing over $350,000 each for their efforts.

Granted, it was a scramble, but a 58 is a 58 any way you cut it. Call it the “silly season” or the postseason or whatever you wish, but there has clearly been absolutely no letdown in the two Georgia natives’ games in this extended midseason vacation.

Brandon Raper is a golf writer for “Like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @Brandon__Raper, and join him on Google+.

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