Naples, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Kuchar and Harris English combined to
shoot 14-under-par 58 on Sunday and cruise to victory at the Franklin
Kuchar and English, who entered Sunday with a four-stroke lead, finished at
34-under-par 182, which matched the record low score in the alternate shot/
better ball/scramble format.
"It was nice to come here and perform well," said Kuchar. "We made a boatload
of birdies. It was a fun three days for sure."
Retief Goosen and Freddie Jacobson shot 61 on Tiburon Golf Club's Gold Course
to take second place at 27-under, while Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood fired a
59 and grabbed third at minus-26.
Chris DiMarco and Billy Horschel (60) placed fourth at 24-under, one stroke
ahead of last year's champions Kenny Perry and Sean O'Hair (60), who held the
lead after the opening round.
Rory Sabbatini and Scott Verplank (61) ended in sixth at 22-under, Charles
Howell III and Justin Leonard (64) grabbed seventh at 21-under and the teams
of Jonas Blixt and host Greg Norman (62), Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker (61)
and Graham DeLaet and Mike Weir (60) shared eighth at minus-19.
Jason Dufner and Dustin Johnson (61) took 11th at 18-under, while Mark
Calcavecchia and Chad Campbell (63) finished last at minus-15.
Kuchar and English grabbed control during Saturday's better-ball format and
they never relented during the final-round scramble.
In addition to their 12 birdies, the duo highlighted their round with an eagle
at the par-5 17th. There, English sent his drive to the middle of the fairway
and Kuchar followed by dropping the second shot within 10 feet of the cup.
English then converted the eagle putt to move the pair to 34-under, where they
would end after a par at the last.
"Harris hit a great drive, only had 200 to the front, I think it was 217 to
the hole into a little bit of wind. I had a hybrid club that in those
conditions needs to be hit well. I hit it perfectly and knew that when I hit
it was going to turn out good, went to probably eight feet for eagle.
Again, it was another hole I didn't have to putt. Harris poured another one
right in the middle," Kuchar said of the eagle.
NOTES: Kuchar and English earned $385,000 apiece for the win ... English
replaced Brandt Snedeker in the field after Snedeker withdrew due to injury
... Modified alternate shot was used in the first round ... Since the event
moved to Naples in 2001, the second-round leaders/co-leaders have won eight of
those 13 events.
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