NAPLES, Fla. – Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly fell out of the lead for most of the day before rebounding nicely at the end of the Shark Shootout’s second round.
Stricker birdied No. 18 to finish a run of five birdies in six holes that got the team to 13-under 131 at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort on Saturday.
Stricker’s 5-foot birdie prevented a four-way tie. Kenny Perry and J.B. Holmes, Steve Flesch and Dustin Johnson, and Justin Leonard and Scott Verplank were all at 12 under after the better-ball format.
Stricker and Kelly and Verplank and Leonard started the day tied after shooting 66s in Friday’s modified alternate-shot round. Teams will play a scramble Sunday.
Holmes eagled No. 17 and he and Perry completed a 7-under 29 on the back nine to finish with a 62 in the better ball format.
Perry is attempting to win his third Shootout title with his third different partner. He won the unofficial PGA Tour event last year with Scott Hoch, but Hoch was unable to play this year after having wrist surgery.
Tournament host Greg Norman is not playing for the first time in the event’s 21 years because of shoulder surgery in September.