Date: December 15, 2013
Author: Dejan Kalinic, Omnisport

English, Kuchar take control in Florida

Harris English and Matt Kuchar moved four shots clear after the second round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Saturday.

The Americans moved into 20 under after a 12-under 60 second round in the better-ball format, carrying a handy lead into the final day at the Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. Retief Goosen and Freddie Jacobson carded an 11-under round, with the player in the pair whose score was best on each hole used for the team. Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood are tied for third, alongside Charles Howell III and Justin Leonard – but they appear too far back with a seven-shot gap to make up to the leaders. But the scramble format in the final round should make for good scoring, with the best shots from each player selected until holes are completed. Kuchar and English mixed nine birdies with an eagle from holes eight to 17, with the former missing a 14-foot putt on the last for a 59. "It's pretty cool," English said. "You just kind of get on a hot streak and you don't really think about anything other than making birdies." The team of Chris DiMarco and Billy Horschel (12 under) are fifth, a shot clear of Sean O'Hair/Kenny Perry and Rory Sabbatini/Scott Verplank.