Second Round — PGA Tour — Franklin Templeton Shoot Out — Tiburon Golf Club — Naples, Florida —
The team of Jason Day and Cameron Tringale continue to lead the annual Franklin Templeton Shoot Out in southwest Florida.
The duo, coming off their 17-under-55 in round one’s scramble format, posted an 8-under tally on Day Two at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples to reach 25-under with 18 holes to play.
Friday’s format was a Modified Alternate Shot. Day-Tringale were only bested by the 9-under round by Graeme McDowell and Gary Woodland. G-Mac and Woodland moved into second at 22-under overall. They trail by three shots heading into Saturday’s final round — a Better Ball format.
The defending champion Matt Kuchar and Harris English are still in the mix at 21-under. They are trying to become the third team since the event’s inception in 1989 to defend. The teams of Jeff Sluman-Hank Kuehne (2003-4) and Brad Faxon-Scott McCarron (2000-1) were the only duos to achieve the feat.
Day-Tringale entered the week as a 7 1/2-to-1 betting pick at www.skybet.com. Look for Woodland and G-Mac, who was first on the PGA Tour in 2014 in Strokes-Gained Putting, to make a run at the leaders early in Saturday’s round.
Other Golf news:
- Stacy Lewis, No. 2 in the world ranking, is nearing 100 consecutive weeks in the Top 3 of the Rolex Ranking. She has 11 career LPGA Tour victories and counting — before her 30th birthday. The LPGA Tour tees off its 2015 season with a new event in Ocala, Florida. The tour hosts the Coates Golf Championship presented by R+L Carriers in late January.
- China’s Shanshan Feng, Rolex Ranking No. 5, leads the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters through 54 holes. She won the Ladies European Tour title two season ago. At 17-under, she enters the final round with a five-shot lead over Melissa Reid.
- The team of Retief Goosen-Mike Weir struggled in Naples Friday posting a 2-over tally. They were only team unable to break par and are in last place at 10-under heading into the final round.
- Day, who won the WGC-Match Play title last February, finished 5th in Scrambling on the 2014 season on the PGA Tour.
- The FedEx Cup Playoffs will be modified slightly in 2015. The winner of playoff events will receive 4-times the points of a regular-season event instead of the 5-times received in 2014.