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Kuchar, English run away with shootout

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NAPLES, Fla. -- Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout, shooting a 14-under 58 on Sunday in the final-round scramble to break the tournament course record.

Kuchar and English finished at 34-under 182, playing their last 28 holes at Tiburon in 25 under. They opened with a 64 on Friday in modified alternate-shot play and had a 60 on Saturday in better ball.

The duo beat Retief Goosen and Fredrik Jacobsen by seven strokes, matching the tournament record for margin of victory set by Curtis Strange and Mark O'Meara in 1989 in the inaugural event.

"It was a fun week," Kuchar said. "This is one of my favourite events of the year. I wish we could in more team events. I realize during the year that's difficult, but to mix up the formats and have a partner here is just a lot of fun. It's nice to perform well."

Kuchar and English, who replaced the injured Brandt Snedeker in the field, each earned $385,000.

"It's such a relaxing event," Harris said. "It's really cool being part of this event."

Goosen and Jacobsen closed with a 61, but had little chance to catch the winners.

"It was unbelievable, quite an exhibition," Jacobson said. "Both guys were putting well and they're solid ball-strikers, so we knew we had to pick up the pace. But they played so well, there's not much you can do about it."

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 16, 2013 C6

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