Greg Norman, host of the Franklin Templeton Shootout, has announced the pairings for the 24th annual Franklin Templeton Shootout, which will take place at Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla., Dec. 5-9.
Throughout the years, the Shootout has contained many of golf’s greatest players. The post-season event will once again feature a modified alternate-shot format during the first round, best ball on Saturday and a final-round scramble.
Here is a closer look at the 12 teams for the 2012 Franklin Templeton Shootout:
Fredrik Jacobson & Greg Norman: These two will be playing together for the first time. Norman will be making his 23rd appearance
Keegan Bradley & Brendan Steele: The defending champions will attempt to do something that has not been accomplished since 2004—win back-to-back titles.
Dustin Johnson & Ian Poulter: The 2010 champions return for a run at the title.
Jerry Kelly & Steve Stricker: This marks the fifth consecutive year the 2009 champions will play together.
Jason Dufner & Vijay Singh: This will be a rookie team at the Shootout.
Stewart Cink & Carl Pettersson: Another first-time team in the Shootout. Cink will be making his seventh appearance in the Shootout.
Davis Love III & Brandt Snedeker: The U.S. Ryder Cup captain and one of his picks for this year’s matches will be a team for the first time.
Bud Cauley & Rickie Fowler: Another first year team and a youthful pair who have enjoyed success this year.
Justin Leonard & Scott Verplank: This duo has become a perennial Shootout contender in recent years and has been paired together four times in the past six Shootouts.
Charles Howell III & Rory Sabbatini: This represents the first time these two have played together in the Shootout.
Mark Calcavecchia & Mike Weir: These two major championship winners will be playing as a team for the first time.
Sean O’Hair & Kenny Perry: This will be O’Hair’s second appearance in the Shootout and first time with Perry.