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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 (December 9, 2013) – Boo Weekley has withdrawn from the Franklin Templeton Shootout due to multiple deaths in his family during the last week and a half.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 solutions managed by its Franklin, Templeton, Mutual Series, Franklin Bissett, Fiduciary Trust, Darby, Balanced Equity Management and K2 investment teams. The San Mateo, CA-based company has more than 65 years of investment experience and over $844 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2013. For more information, visit franklintempleton.com.
About Tiburón Golf Club
Tiburón Golf Club, a WCI managed facility, featuring two Greg Norman-designed golf courses, was carved from 800 acres of prime southwest Florida real estate. The courses reflect Norman's appreciation for pristine natural settings and his passion for great golf. The Black and The Gold courses contain a combination of stacked sod-wall bunkers and tricky coquina waste bunkers. Certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International, Tiburón reflects a strong commitment to enhancing and protecting the natural resources.
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 (2012) is home to a pair of 18-hole signature Greg Norman golf courses at Tiburón and is home to both the annual PGA TOUR Franklin Templeton Shootout, hosted in December and the LPGA's CME Group Titleholders Event, held in November. The Tiburón Golf Course complex is complete 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 the PGA TOUR-sanctioned Valero Texas Open, OHL Classic at Mayakoba and Franklin Templeton Shootout along with 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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