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Boo Weekley Withdraws; Replaced by Freddie Jacobson

Tournament Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

NAPLES, Fla. (December 9, 2013) – Boo Weekley has withdrawn from the Franklin Templeton Shootout due to multiple deaths in his family during the last week and a half. He will be replaced by Freddie Jacobson, winner of the 2011 Travelers Championship.

Jacobson will team with Retief Goosen when 24 of the world’s top players compete as 12 two-man teams for the 25th annual Shootout title which returns for a 13th time to Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, December 9-15.

Weekley’s grandfather and uncle both died in the last ten days.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Boo during this difficult time,” said Taylor Ives, Franklin Templeton Shootout Tournament Director. “We know he was very close with both of these gentlemen. Without question he needs to be with his family at this time.”

Defending champions Sean O’Hair and Kenny Perry, the recently crowned 2013 Champions Tour Player of the Year and the Charles Schwab Cup Champion, will defend their title as the 12 teams battle for a piece of the $3.1 million purse.

Throughout its history, the Shootout has included many of golf’s greatest players. As a premier PGA TOUR post-season event, the Franklin Templeton Shootout will once again feature a modified alternate-shot format during the first round, a better ball Saturday and a final-round scramble. This year, Golf Channel will televise Friday and NBC will broadcast the weekend competition.

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ALPHABETICAL LIST OF PARTICIPATING PROFESSIONALS

Jonas Blixt Billy Horschel Sean O'Hair
Mark Calcavecchia Charles Howell III Kenny Perry
Chad Campbell Freddie Jacobson Ian Poulter
Graham DeLaet Dustin Johnson Rory Sabbatini
Chris DiMarco Jerry Kelly Steve Stricker
Jason Dufner Matt Kuchar Scott Verplank
Harris English Justin Leonard Mike Weir
Retief Goosen Greg Norman Lee Westwood

THE TEAMS

Sean O'HairKenny Perry Jonas BlixtGreg Norman
Ian PoulterLee Westwood Harris English - Matt Kuchar
Jerry KellySteve Stricker Jason DufnerDustin Johnson
Chris DiMarcoBilly Horschel Mark CalcavecchiaChad Campbell
Rory SabbatiniScott Verplank Graham DeLaetMike Weir
Charles Howell IIIJustin Leonard Retief GoosenFreddie Jacobson

 

About Franklin Templeton Investments
Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN] is a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. Franklin Templeton Investments provides global and domestic investment management to retail, institutional and sovereign wealth clients in over 150 countries. Through specialized teams, the Company has expertise across all asset classes—including equity, fixed income, alternative and custom solutions. The Company’s more than 600 investment professionals are supported by its integrated, worldwide team of risk management professionals and global trading desk network. With offices in 35 countries, the California–based company has more than 65 years of investment experience and approximately $898 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2014. For more information, please visit franklintempleton.com.
About The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
The AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Four Star Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples is renowned for its exceptional personalized service, inventive cuisine and luxurious accommodations, with panoramic views of the adjacent Greg Norman-designed Tiburón Golf Club. The 295-room Mediterranean-style resort, ranked as one of the top hotels in the U.S. by U.S. New & World Report (2014), is home to a pair of 18-hole signature Greg Norman golf courses at Tiburón and is the location to the annual PGA TOUR's Franklin Templeton Shootout, hosted in December and the LPGA's CME Group Tour Championship event, held in November. The Tiburón Golf Course complex is complete with the with the PGA TOURAcademy, recognized as one of the top academies in the country and the TaylorMade Performance Lab which unites the golfer and fitter with advanced technology to create the ultimate club fitting experience. January 4, 2012, marked the 10th anniversary of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.
About Greg Norman Production Company
The Greg Norman Production Company (GNPC), a subsidiary of Great White Shark Enterprises, is a full service sports marketing company devoted to providing its clients with turn-key event management and consulting services. GNPC is proud to operate three PGA TOUR-sanctioned events, including the Franklin Templeton Shootout, and a variety of corporate and special events. GNPC prides itself on producing events and marketing initiatives that not only reflect the discerning standards of its namesake, but of its clients as well.

Contact

Lee Patterson
Franklin Templeton Shootout
704-553-4790
lee.patterson@gwse.com

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