Janzen & Mediate Hang On, Win Shootout
Lee Janzen and Rocco Mediate started the final round of the 14th annual Franklin Templeton Shootout with a three-shot advantage. That lead evaporated quickly thanks to a birdie binge from the field's young guns, David Gossett and Matt Kuchar. However, Janzen stuck his approach to three feet on the final hole, Mediate tapped in the birdie putt and the result was a one-shot victory over the former U.S. amateur champions and the team of John Huston and Jeff Maggert.
Cancer-Free Nicholas Inspires Shootout
The loudest ovation at The Franklin Templeton Shootout was directed toward Nicholas Marchitto, a 5-year-old cancer survivor who tipped his cap to the gallery as he walked alongside Greg Norman. Last week, Nicholas and his family were guests of the Normans, who founded the Shootout in 1989 to raise money and awareness for the National Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Janzen, Mediate Enjoy Three-Shot Cushion
Lee Janzen and Rocco Mediate torched Tiburón with 12 birdies during Saturday's better-ball format and grabbed a three-shot lead after the second round of The Franklin Templeton Shootout. First-round leaders John Huston and Jeff Maggert managed a 64 Saturday and are alone in second.
Huston, Maggert Grab Early Lead
The winning score in The Franklin Templeton Shootout usually hovers around 30-under-par, which means bogeys are extremely costly. John Huston and Jeff Maggert missed a 31/2-foot par putt on the brutal par-4 third but raced back with seven birdies and an eagle to grab the early lead in Naples.
Cink, Toms Ride Cup Experience To Tiburón
Stewart Cink and David Toms strolled the lush fairways of The Belfry two months ago as members of another team competition, the 34th Ryder Cup. They are teammates again this week in a considerably more relaxed setting. Cink is making his third Franklin Templeton Shootout appearance and Toms is a rookie in Greg Norman's event.
Faxon, McCarron Seek Third Straight Shootout Title
Brad Faxon and Scott McCarron are going for three in a row in the $2.25 million Franklin Templeton Shootout. Last year, they became the first to win consecutive titles, which includes 12 two-man squads and was founded and is hosted by Greg Norman.
This & That On The 2002 Franklin Templeton Shootout Field
An impressive field will be coming to Naples for the Merrill Lynch Shootout. Each of the 24 PGA TOUR professionals has won at least one PGA TOUR event. And, while that is one of the most difficult accomplishments to make in professional golf, here are some other interesting facts about the careers of this special group.
Shootout Staff Full of Aces
Tucked conspicuously in the corner of the Tiburón Golf Club parking lot is a small caravan of trailers. The largest, most heavily trafficked, belongs to The Franklin Templeton Shootout tournament staff. This crew works as efficiently as any in the business and is responsible for the Shootout's success every year.
Fairway Feherty: The Colorful Commentator
David Feherty wanted to be an opera singer. He realized it would take too long to develop an Irish tenor so he dropped out of school and became a professional golfer. He retired in 1996 and has been roving the fairways for CBS ever since. His charisma and individuality make him hugely successful among golf fans the world over. Meet the man behind the microphone.