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Some call it the Second Season, others the Silly Season. Either way, its two months worth of opportunities for certain players to line their pockets.
It begins this week at the Franklin Templeton Shootout. The event moves from the Doral Resort & Spa in Miami, Fla., to Naples and the Greg Norman-designed Tiburon Golf Club.
The tournament features 12 two-man teams of PGA Tour professionals playing a three-day competition (beginning Friday) that consists of alternate-shot, better-ball and scramble formats.
Brad Faxon and Scott McCarron won last years event on Normans Great White Course. This years winning team gets $225,000 each.
Next week, Tiger Woods and David Duval will defend their World Golf Championship-EMC World Cup title at The Taiheiyo Club's Gotemba Course in Shizuoka, Japan. Twenty-four countries will be competing Nov. 15-18 in alternating days of four-ball and foursomes. The winning team will split $1 million.
Woods will then travel to Indio, Calif., for the Skins Game (Nov. 24-25) at the Landmark Golf Club. Woods will join defending champion Colin Montgomerie, Norman and Jesper Parnevik. Montgomerie won $415,000 last year. This years purse is once again $1 million.
The Scot will also be a part of the 12-man field in the Nedbank Challenge (Nov. 29-Dec. 2) at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa. Montgomerie and defending champion Ernie Els will be among those battling for the richest first-place prize in golf, $2 million.
The following week, four two-person teams from the PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour and LPGA Tour will compete in the Hyundai Team Matches. One team from each tour will be declared the winner. A better-ball, match-play format is used.
The event will be held at the Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, Calif. Duffy Waldorf and Tom Lehman are the defending champions on the PGA Tour. Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson won in the Senior division a year ago, while Juli Inkster and Dottie Pepper were the champions on the ladies side.
Tiger will return to action the next week in his own Williams World Challenge at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Eighteen players, including defending champion Davis Love III, will vie for the $1 million winners check.
The final unofficial event before the start of the 2002 PGA Tour schedule is the Wendys Three-Tour Challenge, where three-person teams from the PGA Tour, Senior Tour and LPGA Tour will compete against each other. The PGA Tour ' with Notah Begay III, Rocco Mediate and Phil Mickelson ' won last years tournament.