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K. Perry, O’Hair win the Shark Shootout at 31-under

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By Pete Pappas

GolfWRX Staff Writer

A Sunday round in the 50’s isn’t a common occurrence. But at the Franklin Templeton Shootout, a 54-hole team even hosted by Greg Norman at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., it’s just par for the course.

Kenny Perry and Sean O’Hair won the tournament known as the “Shark Shootout” with a final score of 31-under. A surging Perry and O’Hair birdied five of the last six holes for the victory at the majestic 7,288-yard Greg Norman designed Gold Course, holding off Rory Sabbatini and Charles Howell III by just one shot. Perry and O’Hair carded a 12-under 60 on Sunday, while Sabbatini and Howell fired 15-under, 57, the low round of the week.

“You can’t really get too far ahead of yourself out there in that field,” Perry said. “You just kind of play each hole.”

The Franklin Templeton Shootout is break from traditional stroke play where two man teams that play a mixed format.

“It’s a lot of fun especially in a team event,” said Brendan Steele, who won last year’s Shark Shootout with Keegan Bradley. “We don’t get to do that that often so that makes it a special week.”

The first round is a “Modified Alternate Shot” format, where each player hits a drive on every hole and one drive is selected. The player whose drive is not selected hits the second shot, and they alternate shots until the ball is holed. The second round is “Better Ball,” where each player plays through every hole using his own ball. The player whose score is the lowest on each hole will be the team score for that hole. And the final round format is a “Scramble,” where each player hits a drive on every hole and the best drive is selected. Each player then plays a second shot from the location of the selected driver, and the best second shot is selected. This process is repeated until the hole is completed.

“To me it almost felt like a vacation this week,” O’Hair said. “You know, having a few cocktail parties, go out with my wife and have a good time, come to work and have a good time with a friend of mine and play some nice golf. It was just a nice way to end the year.”

With the victory the 52-year-old Perry became the oldest player to win the Shark Shootout. It was also Perry’s third career Shootout victory, wins he’s racked up with three different playing partners (he won with John Huston in 2005 and Scott Hoch in 2008). Fred Couples, Brad Faxon and Steve Elkington have also won the Shootout three times, with Couples and Elkington also winning each time with different playing partners.

Down the stretch, Sabbatini and Howell however didn’t make it easy for Perry and O’Hair. And on No. 16, a par 3, they tied Perry and O’Hair for the lead with the first birdie of the day on the hole.

“We played really well and gave ourselves a lot of opportunities,” Sabbatini said.

But moments later Perry hit his approach close at No. 16, and O’Hair slammed the door shut with a 10-foot birdie putt.

“I knew they were going to probably catch up to us at some point, but I knew we had holes to catch back up to them,” Perry said.

For their efforts, Perry and O’Hair will split $750,000 of the event’s $3 million purse.

Jason Dufner and Vijay Singh finished third at 28-under. The teams of Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker, Stewart Cink and Carl Pettersson and Davis Love III and Brandt Snedeker all finished in a fourth place tie at 27-under.

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Pete is a journalist, commentator, and interviewer covering the PGA Tour, new equipment releases, and the latest golf fashions. Pete's also a radio and television personality who's appeared multiple times on ESPN radio, and Fox Sports All Bets Are Off. And when he's not running down a story, he's at the range working on his game. Above all else, Pete's the proud son of a courageous mom who battled pancreatic cancer much longer than anyone expected. You can follow Pete on twitter @PGAPappas

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    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I know these guys are good, but I’m still amazed to see the scores they shoot in these 2-man scramble formats.

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5 things we learned on Sunday of the 2018 U.S. Open

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Opportunity knocked for so many golfers, yet it was the 2017 champion who seized the moment when it was his. Brooks Koepka fired his second sub-par round of the week on Sunday to separate from playing partner Dustin Johnson, and enter the pantheon of multiple major champions. He became the 7th player to defend his title, joining old-school legends like Willie Anderson and John McDermott, mid-century icons like Ralph Guldahl and Ben Hogan, and the last man to accomplish the feat, Curtis Strange. With that introduction, let’s move to the main event, the 5 things we learned on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills.

5) The USGA gave golf a chance

True to its word, the USGA pulled out all the stops in the wee hours of Sunday morn. The course set-up team ensured that enough water was distributed to putting surfaces, that worthy shots would not be punished. Hole locations were assessed and confirmed, also ensuring that multiple opportunities for success were available. As a result, 15 golfers turned in scores under par of 70, highlighted by Tommy Fleetwood’s 7-under stunner. Although many fans, writers and players were quick to assault the organizers for losing control of the course, the USGA reminded us that it always had control of the conditions at Shinny, and that its only mistake was to soar too close to the sun.

4) Captain America ran out of gas

If Patrick Reed had been able to sign his card on the 9th tee, when he stood 5-under on the day and 1-over for the tournament, he would be in a playoff with the eventual champion as I type. Unfortunate for this year’s Masters champion was that 10 holes remained. Reed promptly bogeyed the 9th, added 3 more bogeys on the inward half, and summoned just one birdie toward the end. His fourth-place finish was his best in a U.S. Open, but knowing that victory was in the cards will sting for a while.

3) DJ and Finau gave it a run

Where to begin? How about this: DJ had four bogeys on Sunday. He totaled that many on Thursday-Friday combined. He had birdies, too, but couldn’t find the game that possessed him over the opening 36 holes. Oddly enough, this type of experience won’t be a setback for the 2016 champion. After all, he came back from a career-killer in 2015, when he 3-whacked his way out of a playoff with Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay. As for Milton Pouhau Finau, aka Tony, the Utah native had never before been in the final group on any day of a major professional championship. He acquitted himself well, standing even on the day and 3-over for T2 at the 18th tee. Knowing that he needed eagle for a playoff might have taken the final winds from his sails, and he limped home with double bogey and solo third. Looking ahead to the final August playing of the PGA Championship, Bellerive near St. Louis might just be his type of course.

2) Tom Terrific nearly made his own U.S. Open history

I’ll write this cautiously, as I’m certain I would have intimated in the 1980s and 90s that Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood would have been major champions by now. Tommy Fleetwood ought to win one of these things soon. His record-tying 63 was a short putt away from a record-breaking 62. Eight birdies against a single bogey was the stuff of legend, and if only he had trusted that final putt a bit higher on the break … that’s not fair. Fleetwood right now is the fellow to watch at Carnoustie next month. Bet a few quid or bob or whatever on the Southport native, as he should contend for the title.

1) Brooks cooks up a winning broth

It’s easy to look back and see all the great shots that the defending champion hit over the four days of the 2018 U.S. Open, shots that would win him his second consecutive trophy. Remember that 60-feet bomb to save par on Saturday? Shades of Costantino Rocca. How about the approach shots to within mere feet that earned him 5 birdies on Sunday, including a competition-killer on 16? Koepka was the guy we thought Dustin Johnson would be. Perhaps it was the time off for wrist rehabilitation early this season that gave him the burning desire to win. Out for nearly 4 months, Koepka had plenty of time to ponder what he achieved last June in Wisconsin, and what might lay ahead for him. The begged question is, does the most recent, two-time major winner have the game to acquire more of the game’s cherished trophies?

Related: Brooks Koepka’s Winning WITB from the 2018 U.S. Open

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (par 70; 7,440 yards) in Southhampton, New York. The U.S. Open returns to Shinnecock for the first time since 2004 when Retief Goosen won (he failed to qualify for the 2018 event).

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Phil Mickelson, who has two top-5 finishes at Shinnecock Hills, will seek to fill out his career Grand Slam with a win this week. Also, it’s Tiger Woods’ 10-year anniversary of winning the legendary 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines — that was his most recent major championship victory.

Also in the field are headliners Dustin Johnson (now ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings), Justin Thomas (No. 2), Justin Rose (No. 3), Jon Rahm (No. 4) and Jordan Spieth (No. 5).

Brooks Koepka (No. 9) is the defending champion; he won last year by four shots for his first and only major so far in his career.

Check out our photos from Shinnecock Hills below!

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Spotted at Shinnecock: #RVLife, superb staff bags, stellar stampings

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We’re on the famed grounds of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club for the second major of the year. With the U.S. Open returned to such a visually and historically rich venue, it may be a bit tough to focus on equipment.

Nevertheless, we spotted some cool stuff, Tuesday, as the players move ever closer to the second major of th eyear.

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#RVLife propronent, Jason Day’s putter cover is incredible.

Michael Greller displays an essential caddie skill…

Face of Tiger’s wedge. Do these look like standard TaylorMade MG grooves to you?

Greatest side panel on a bag ever?

Who isn’t happy to see “Woods” on USGA tournament signage?

Shintaro Ban’s unique dot stamping is, well, money.

A look at the Bridgestone U.S. Open staff bag and headcovers.

Kenny Perry: Still gaming R7 irons.

Scott Gregory with some solid wedge stamping.

What is this lead taped and war torn beauty?

All our photos from Tuesday

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