English, Kuchar prevail at Shootout

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Harris English, left, and Matt Kuchar hug Saturday after winning the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Fla.

NAPLES, Fla. — Harris English and Matt Kuchar won the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Saturday, holding off Wisconsin friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly by a stroke at Tiburon.

English and Kuchar also won in 2013 in their first start together and finished second the last two years.

“It’s a thrilling event to come out with a win, amazing feeling,” Kuchar said. “I think it’s just such a fun partnership we’ve had. We’ve had such a good run. To have our last four events together, to have our track record be first, second, second, first is quite amazing.”

English eagled the par-5 17th and they closed with a 7-under 65 in better-ball play to finish at 28 under.

“We had some good action there and it kind of came down to the last couple holes and kind of set up perfect on 17 for me,” English said. “Really reachable par 5 and hit a really good drive off the tee and knew Kuch was in really good position so I could play really aggressive. Hit a really good 8-iron right where I wanted to and made about a 12-footer.”

Father/Son Challenge

ORLANDO, Fla. — David Duval and stepson Nick Karavites shot an 11-under 61 on Saturday to take the first-round lead in the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

They birdied Nos. 1, 3-7, 13-16 and 18 to open a one-stroke lead over Fred and Taylor Funk in the two-day, 20-team scramble event at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club’s Grande Lakes.

The Funks got off to a fast start with birdies at Nos. 1 and 2 and an eagle at 3, where Taylor — a member of the University of Texas golf team — hit a 3-wood from 265 yards to 30 feet and made the putt. They added birdies at Nos. 5, 7, 10, 11, 15 and 18 for a 62.

Retief and Leo Goosen, Raymond and Robert Floyd, Stewart and Connor Cink, Bernhard and Christina Langer, and Mark and Shaun O’Meara were tied for third at 63. Fan favorites John and Little John Daly shot 64.

Hong Kong Open

HONG KONG — Sam Brazel of Australia shot a 3-under 67 Saturday in the third round of the Hong Kong Open to share the lead with Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain at the Hong Kong Open.

Cabrera Bello lost his three-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Golf Club after four bogeys and a double bogey. He recovered with birdies on Nos. 15 and 17 for a par-70 round — and 11 under for the tournament.

Brazel, who plays on the Asian tour and is yet to win a big tournament, bogeyed the first hole but then had an error-free round to stay in contention.


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