December 12, 2009

Stricker And Kelly Claim Title

An eagle on the 17th hole gave Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly a one-stroke win in the team tournament

Stricker and teammate Jerry Kelly were able to hold their one-shot edge heading into the final day.

Stricker and teammate Jerry Kelly were able to hold their one-shot edge heading into the final day.

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly won the Shark Shootout by a stroke on Sunday.

Stricker made an eagle on the par-5 17th -- hitting the second shot and the putt -- to give them the lead.

Kenny Perry and J.B. Holmes, who had been in the lead most of the day, both missed birdie putts on No. 18 that would have forced a playoff in the scramble format.

Kelly and Stricker, who carried a one-shot lead into the day's play, split $750,000 out of the $3 million purse.

Chad Campbell and Tim Clark, and Justin Leonard and Scott Verplank also finished at 25-under 191 to tie with Perry and Holmes.

It was the second Shootout title for Kelly, who also won with Rod Pampling in 2006.

Perry was trying to join Fred Couples and Steve Elkington by winning the Shootout three times with three different partners. Perry won with Scott Hoch last year, but Hoch could not play this year after undergoing wrist surgery.

Perry and Holmes eagled the par-5 first hole, and birdied 11 of the next 13 to get to 25 under. But they parred the last four holes.

Stricker and Kelly struggled at the start, as they did during Saturday's best-ball format. They made par on three straight holes in the middle of the front nine before making five straight birdies, then two pars. But they birdied Nos. 14, 15 and 16, and then made the eagle on No. 17.

Rickie Fowler turned 21 on Sunday, and the crowd on No. 18 sang "Happy Birthday" as his group approached the green.

Clark made the first hole-in-one since the event moved to Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in 2001. He used a 6-iron on the 183-yard No. 12.

Tournament host Greg Norman didn't play in his event for the first time in its 21 years after having right shoulder surgery in September.