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Funk, Sluman team for share of first

Dec. 7, 2007 at 9:37 PM

NAPLES, Fla., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Champions Tour members Jeff Sluman and Fred Funk shot a combined 8-under 64 Friday to share the first-round lead at the Merrill Lynch Shootout in Naples, Fla.

Woody Austin and Mark Calcavecchia also shot a 64 in the modified alternate-shot format, in which the players choose their best drive and then take turns hitting the ball until the hole is completed.

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Tournament host Greg Norman teamed with Bubba Watson to shoot a 65, putting them alone in third place. Defending champions Jerry Kelly and Rod Pampling were in fourth at 66.

Among those tied for fifth at 68 were Brad Faxon-Justin Leonard and Scott Hoch-Kenny Perry.

The popular team of Fred Couples-John Daly settled for last place with a 70.

"In the alternate shot, to shoot an 8-under is really good," Funk said. "In the scramble tomorrow, you're supposed to shoot 18-under so you will change your expectations a little bit."

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