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English and Kuchar also won in 2013 in their first start together and finished second the last two years.
NAPLES, Fla. -- Harris English and Matt Kuchar won the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Saturday, holding off Wisconsin friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly by a stroke at Tiburón.

English and Kuchar also won in 2013 in their first start together and finished second the last two years.

"It's a thrilling event to come out with a win, amazing feeling," Kuchar said. "I think it's just such a fun partnership we've had. We've had such a good run. To have our last four events together, to have our track record be first, second, second, first is quite amazing."

English eagled the par-5 17th and they closed with a 7-under 65 in better-ball play to finish at 28 under.

"We had some good action there and it kind of came down to the last couple holes and kind of set up perfect on 17 for me," English said. "Really reachable par 5 and hit a really good drive off the tee and knew Kuch was in really good position so I could play really aggressive. Hit a really good 8-iron right where I wanted to and made about a 12-footer."

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Charley Hoffman and Billy Horschel were third at 26 under after a 61.
"That's the difference in these events," Kuchar said. "Pulling out some shots like that, getting an eagle, getting that two-shot swing, that's a big deal. This event comes down to you need to make birdies, you need to make some scores under par, and to do it on the 17th hole today and the position and the situation we were in, it was a battle. We weren't making a huge number of birdies. It's not like we were just battling with birdies, it was a fairly challenging day. But for Harris to come through and eagle 17 and give us that one-shot lead."

Stricker and Kelly also shot 65.

"We just couldn't get that momentum," Stricker said. "A shot here or there. Jerry played great. Wish I could have helped him out a couple more times. I had some putts at it I didn't make, but it was fun. Harris made an eagle. I knew somebody was going to do something there. It was just playing too short. He hit two great shots there at 17 and that was the difference really."

English and Kuchar each earned $385,000. They opened with a 57 on Thursday in the scramble round and had a 66 on Friday in modified alternate shot.

Charley Hoffman and Billy Horschel were third at 26 under after a 61.

Lexi Thompson and Bryson DeChambeau tied for last at 16 under after a 67. Thompson became the second woman to compete in the event, following Annika Sorenstam with Fred Couples in 2006.

FINAL SCORES & EARNINGS

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Franklin Templeton Shootout 5K
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In the 8th annual Franklin Templeton Shootout 5K presented by Greg Norman Estates, 31 year old Columbus, OH resident, Jesse Armbruster, took home the overall title with a time of 16:18. In the female division, 29 year old Naples resident, Alexandra Gardino, captured victory with a time of 20:31.

In the Grand Master’s category, Greg Gabriel (20:06) and Kim Baker (22:52) were the top finishers.

This annual Shootout tradition welcomed more than 300 runners who competed on a self-contained course within the Tiburón Golf Club community. Each runner received a daily grounds ticket to the Franklin Templeton Shootout and a t-shirt. Proceeds from the race benefited CureSearch for Children’s Cancer.

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The Franklin Templeton Shootout in conjunction with Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted the Family Golf Clinic following play this past Friday. Families and golfers alike were treated to an instructional clinic by Greg Norman, Lexi Thompson and Bryson DeChambeau.

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