Date: December 10, 2012
Author: Omnisport

O’Hair, Perry fire in Shootout

Sean O&aposHair and Kenny Perry took out the Franklin Templeton Shootout by one stroke after withstanding a late rally in the final round on Sunday. The American pair carded a 12-under round to finish at 31 under for the team golf event, one stroke clear of Charles Howell III and Rory Sabbatini at the Tiburon Golf Club in Florida. O&aposHair and Perry birdied five of their last six holes of the scramble round, which involves each player hitting a drive off each tee before the pair&aposs second shots are played from the spot where the selected drive is placed. Perry, 52, becomes the oldest man to win the tournament, while claiming his third shootout victory – his first since winning it alongside Scott Hoch when it was called the Merrill Lynch Shootout in 2008. Howell III and Sabbatini produced the best round of the day with 15 under to close the shootout in second place at 30 under. Jason Dufner, who has claimed the HP Nelson Championship and Zurich Classic of New Orleans this season, placed third at 28 under overall following a 13-under performance alongside veteran and former world number one Vijay Singh in the third and final round. Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker finished four shots off the pace and in a share of fourth position on Sunday following their 14 under display in the final round. Stewart Cink and Carl Pettersson (12 under) and Davis Love III and Brandt Snedeker (10 under) joined the pair at 27 under. Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele (12 under) and Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter (13 under) finished in a share of seventh place at 25 under. Bud Cauley and Rickie Fowler were further down the leaderboard as they could only manage nine under, meaning they finished 11 shots behind the winning pair.