Harris English and Matt Kuchar won the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Saturday after shooting a seven-under-par 65 in the final round of the pairs event in Florida.
English and Kuchar’s victory at Tiburon Golf Club continues their strong run in the event, which they won in 2013 before finishing runners-up in 2014 and 2015.
The duo clinched their second win in the tournament after prevailing in a nip-and-tuck final round duel with Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker, who had trailed by one shot at the start of the day.
“It was back and forth all day,” Kuchar said afterwards. “We got off to a nice start, but we knew the battle was on when Jerry eagled the first.”
The decisive blow came on the par-five 17th, when English drilled a superb second shot to 15ft to set up an eagle chance.
The 27-year-old from Georgia duly rolled in the putt to put him and Kuchar one-shot clear at 28 under heading to the 18th tee.
“I hit it right where I wanted to and luckily it went in,” English said.
The leaders were made to sweat on the final hole however when English’s tee-shot ended up deep in the reeds on the banks of the 18th fairway water hazard, effectively leaving it to Kuchar to bring home the win.—APP