Perry, O'Hair tie for lead at Franklin Templeton Shootout

Dec. 13, 2013 at 8:42 PM

NAPLES, Fla., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Defending champions Kenny Perry and Sean O'Hair teamed to fire an 8-under 64 Friday and seize a share of the lead at the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

A dozen teams are battling in this exhibition event, hosted by Greg Norman at the Tiburon Golf Club.

A different format is used for each of the three rounds and Friday's format was a modified alternate shot, in which both players hit a tee ball. The best shot is selected and then the players take turns striking the ball until it is holed.

The pairings of Harris English-Matt Kuchar and Charles Howell III-Justin Leonard also shot a 64. Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and Freddie Jacobson turned in a 67 to stand alone in fourth place while a 68 was fired by the teams of Jason Dufner-Dustin Johnson and Chris DiMarco-Billy Horschel.

Friday's format normally produces the highest scores of the week. The players compete in the better ball format on Saturday and in a scramble on Sunday. Both the final two rounds could produce scores in the 50s.

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