Miami -Americans Matt Kuchar and Harris
English combined for a 14-under par 58 in a scramble format Thursday to seize a
one-stroke lead after the opening round of the 27th annual Franklin Templeton
Shootout in Naples, Florida.
The three-day invitational event hosted by
retired Australian star Greg Norman matches 12 pairs of golf's top men's
players in three different styles, with Friday featuring a modified alternate
shot and Saturday's final round utilizing a better-ball format.
Kuchar and English, the only pairing to
have played the event together more than once, won the Shootout in 2013 and
finished second last year.
Kuchar comes off a win in October at the
Fiji International event on the Australasia PGA Tour while English has a best
finish of second this year, losing a playoff at Torrey Pines.