Faxon McCarron Back for Another Bite


Brad Faxon and Scott McCarron will be trying to make tournament history for the second straight year at the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
The duo became the first team to successfully defend their title a year ago when they topped John Daly and Frank Lickliter at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla. They finished two strokes clear at 33-under-par 183.
The final round may most be remembered, however, for Lickliters inflammatory remarks to Faxon on the par-3 16th.
Playing a scramble format, Lickliter and Daly hit their tee shots into the pine straw. They were trying to figure out where to take a drop when Faxon came over to offer help. Lickliter pointed at him to get away and dropped an expletive in the process.
It was just the heat of the battle, Faxon later said.
Faxon and McCarron have each won this event, formerly known as the Shark Shootout, on three occasions. Faxon also won with Fred Couples in 1994, while McCarron teamed with Bruce Lietzke to win in 1997. Couples and Steve Elkington has also won three times with different partners.
No one has won four times.
Twelve two-man teams will once again compete in the $2.25 million three-day event. They will play alternate shot the first day, better ball the second day, and a scramble on Day 3.
This is the 14th playing of the event. Raymond Floyd and Couples hold the tournament record with a 182 total, in 1990, at Sherwood Country Club. Tournament host Greg Norman and Nick Price share the 18-hole record. They shot 55 at Sherwood in 1993, the same number John Cook and Peter Jacobsen combined to shoot at Sherwood in 98.
Tiburon, a Norman design, will play host for the second time. The winners will get $250,000 each.
Greg Norman and Fred Couples
Scott McCarron and Brad Faxon
David Toms and Stewart Cink
Mark OMeara and John Cook
Rocco Mediate and Lee Janzen
Mark Calcavecchia and Andrew Magee
Dudley Hart and Jeff Sluman
Steve Elkington and Peter Jacobsen
Matt Kuchar and David Gossett
Jerry Kelly and Scott Hoch
John Huston and Jeff Maggert
Fred Funk and Len Mattiace