Perry Houston Capture Shootout

By Sports NetworkNovember 13, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Franklin Templeton ShootoutNAPLES, Fla. -- Kenny Perry and John Huston fired a 13-under 59 in Sunday's scramble round to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout by one stroke over Fred Couples and Adam Scott.
 
Perry and Huston used a string of six straight birdies on the back nine to take the lead over a low-scoring field. They finished the three-day event at 30-under-par 186 to split a $630,000 paycheck.
 
John Houston and Kenny Perry
John Houston and Kenny Perry overcame Fred Couples and Adam Scott to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
Couples and Scott, who held a two-stroke lead over Perry and Huston after the second round, started strong, but cooled off down the stretch. After making just three birdies on their last eight holes, they finished with a 10-under 62 to reach 29-under-par 187.
 
Mark O'Meara and Nick Price combined to shoot a 12-under 60 and finished alone in third place at minus-27.
 
Tournament host Greg Norman and partner Steve Elkington stole the spotlight early on by tying the tournament's scramble record with a 17-under 55 to finish in fourth place at minus-26.
 
Norman and Price were the first team to shoot a 55 in the scramble round when they did it in 1993, and the mark was later matched by John Cook and Peter Jacobsen in 1998.
 
Couples and Scott thrived in the scramble format for the first 10 holes, collecting seven birdies during that stretch to reach 26 under. But Perry and Huston tied them with a birdie at the 12th.
 
Both teams then birdied the 13th to move one stroke clear of Norman and Elkington, who were already in the clubhouse.
 
At the 14th, Couples and Scott could only make par from a fairway bunker after both missed 10-foot birdie putts. Huston then tapped in from 2 feet for a birdie that gave him and Perry the lead for good at minus-28.
 
The duo extended their advantage to two strokes when Perry made an 18-foot putt at the 15th for their sixth straight birdie. That lead was trimmed to one shot when Scott rolled in a 60-footer for birdie at 16 to get to minus-28.
 
After both teams birdied the 17th, Couples was the only player to hit the fairway at the par-4 18th. Huston and Scott found a bunker, while Perry landed in the mulch left of the fairway.
 
But it turned out to be a missed opportunity for Couples and Scott, who couldn't get it closer than 20 feet on either of their approach shots. Both missed their birdie tries -- Couples to the right and Scott to the left -- before Huston tapped in from 2 feet for a par and the win.
 
For Huston, who replaced Scott Hoch as Perry's partner, the victory provided a brief respite from what has been a year full of struggles on the course.
 
'It's been a tough year,' said Huston, who ranked just 120th on the money list after 31 events. 'But maybe I was a little relaxed this week...and I had a horse, I mean he (Perry) just played great.'
 
The feeling was mutual.
 
Afterwards, Perry declared Huston 'king of the Bermuda grass.'
 
'He's just the best on Bermuda, and he taught me a lot in the past few days,' Perry said of his partner. 'We were very relaxed and very easy going...He played beautifully, and I just kind of hung on as he drove me around this place.'
 
First-round leaders Fred Funk and Jason Gore shot a 7-under 65 in the scramble and shared fifth place with John Daly and Tim Herron (60) at minus-23.
 
Ryan Moore and Jesper Parnevik (64) ended alone in seventh place at 22 under, while Paul Azinger and Olin Browne (61) shared eighth place one stroke further back with Mark Calcavecchia and Loren Roberts (62).
 
Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman, who came in as the two-time defending champions, finished with an 8-under 64. They shared 10th place at 19-under with Kirk Triplett and Jay Haas (65).
 
Jacobsen and Scott McCarron were last at minus-16 after a final-round 63.
 
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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.