Dufner, Snedeker win Franklin Templeton Shootout
Brandt Snedeker has put his forgettable performance at the Australian PGA Championship behind him by pairing with Jason Dufner to win the Greg Norman-hosted Franklin Templeton Shootout at the Tiburon Golf Club in Florida.
Snedeker was ‘embarrassed’ by his performance on the Gold Coast after catching the worst of the first round weather to shoot a 12-over par 84. He followed that with a three-over 75 to comprehensively miss the weekend cut.
A fortnight on and the confidence was flowing again for the world number 44, especially as he was able to lean on the dependable Dufner over the three days of the fourball/foursomes format.
“I’m pretty consistent, I’m in the fairway, I’m on the greens. That gives him a lot of confidence,” Dufner said.
“He putts really well so that gives me more confidence. I was able to stroke the ball a lot freer this week.”
“I play with Jason a lot and this is the best I’ve ever seen him roll it,” Snedeker added.
Brandt Snedeker (Credit: www.golffile.ie)
The pair finished at 30-under 186, birdieing the final two holes to win by two over Harris English and Matt Kuchar, who have finished first, second and second the past three years at this event.
Overnight leaders Charley Hoffman and PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Daniel Berger finished third at 27-under.
Dufner and Snedeker started the final round a stroke back but birdied six of their opening nine holes, including a chip-in from 30 feet by Snedeker at the 3rd.
They followed up with birdies at No. 10, 12, 13, 17 and 18 to take out the 27th edition of the tournament, first hosted by Norman as the Shark Shootout in 1989.
“The key for us was 17,” Snedeker said. “(Jason) made a clutch, tough 4-footer down the hill that gave us the lead going into the last home.”
2014 winner Cameron Tringale (with Jason Day) paired up with Camilo Villegas after the Australian’s withdrawal to finish in 5th place at 21-under.