Shark Bubba to Team in Shootout

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NAPLES, Fla. -- Tournament host Greg Norman announced on Tuesday the pairings for this year's Merrill Lynch Shootout to be held at Tiburon Golf Club and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort from December 5-9.
 
'It seems like I say this every year, but I could not be more pleased with the way the field and subsequently how the pairings shaped up,' Norman said. 'Again this year we have 24 very impressive resumes and a great blend of youth and experience. Some of these guys are joining us for the first time, while others are Shootout veterans.'
 
Norman will play with Bubba Watson, who replaced world No. 5 Steve Stricker.
 
'I am very excited this year to be paired with Bubba,' said Norman. 'He is a very personable young man, who has loads of talent. While I haven't played a lot of competitive golf this season, don't be surprised if we sneak up on some people.'
 
Jerry Kelly and Rod Pampling will try to become the third team in Shootout history to successfully defend the title.
 
Perhaps the most popular team at the event will be Fred Couples and John Daly.
 
The other teams are: Camilo Villegas and Chris DiMarco, Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson, Justin Leonard and Scott Verplank, Woody Austin and Mark Calcavecchia, Charles Howell III and Nick Price, Fred Funk and Jeff Sluman, Anthony Kim and Mark O'Meara, Steve Elkington and Scott McCarron and Scott Hoch and Kenny Perry.