Day, Tringale hang on to win Franklin Templeton Shootout|
Naples, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Cameron Tringale birdied the 17th hole to
give him and Jason Day a 1-shot lead heading to the last and the duo was able
to come away with par on No. 18 to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
Day and Tringale combined to shoot a final-round, 7-under 65 and they finished
one shot better than defending champions Harris English and Matt Kuchar at 32-
Day is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, while Tringale has yet to win an
official event on tour. This week's tournament at Tiburon Golf Club is an
"It was awesome," Tringale said. "I guess this counts as a win, my first as a
professional. It's great to have a great teammate. This has been a fun week
... It's just a great event, I'm happy to be a part of it and to win the first
time out is pretty cool."
English and Kuchar, playing in the penultimate group, used a late push to put
some pressure on Day and Tringale, but it was not quite enough. The defending
champions carded a 10-under 62 on Saturday to finish runner-up at 31-under
Ian Poulter and 2014 FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel (61) were exchanging
blows with the winners all day, but a bogey at the last proved to be costly as
the duo ended tied for third with Keegan Bradley and Camilo Villegas (61) at
Day and Tringale entered the day leading Graeme McDowell and Gary Woodland by
three shots, but McDowell and Woodland could not go low enough as they
finished at 28-under after a 6-under 66.
A slow start from Day and Tringale allowed those chasing them to get within
striking distance. Horschel and Poulter were rolling early on, including a
birdie on four and an eagle on five from the FedEx Cup champion, which had the
duo at 5-under through six holes. The eagle put them behind Day and Tringale
by just two shots.
Another gain from Horschel and Poulter had them up to 24-under and just one
shot back. Meanwhile, a Kuchar eagle at six had him and English tied atop the
leaderboard with Day and Tringale with Horschel and Poulter one shot back.
It was tight atop the leaderboard when Horschel made another birdie on nine to
make it a three-way tie for first. After five straight pars to start, Day
finally rolled in his team's first gain on six to take the outright lead at
A Kuchar birdie on nine and a Poulter birdie from the bunker on 12 also put
them in the lead. Tringale's eagle putt on No. 9 just lipped out, but he
tapped in for birdie to take the lead back. That did not last long as Poulter
poured in another gain on 13 to tie the lead at minus-27.
Then it was Day's turn to go on a run, starting with a big 20-foot birdie putt
on 10 to give him and Tringale the lead again. Poulter kept going strong,
however, with a gain on 14.
Day stuck his approach on 11 to within a couple feet and he tapped in for
birdie, but Horschel had the answer this time with a gain of his own on 15 to
tie the lead.
Another long birdie putt for Day dropped on 12 to regain the lead yet again.
He then reached the par-4 13th green from the tee and two-putted for birdie to
extend the advantage to two.
Horschel was not going away that easily, however, as he drained a 30-foot
birdie putt on 17 to pull within one. A big par save from Tringale at 14
preserved the lead.
It was not to be for Horschel and Poulter as they both tripped to a bogey at
the last and they ended three shots back.
Meanwhile, after Kuchar's eagle on six, he and English made up six shots
over the next 10 holes, heading to the 17th down by just two. A birdie on 17
pulled the duo to within one.
English really put the pressure on when he stuck his approach on 18 to within
a couple feet and he tapped in for birdie to tie the lead at minus-31.
Tringale's eagle putt on 17 rolled about five feet by, but he made another
clutch putt for birdie to take the outright lead for good as both he and Day
settled for par at the last to earn the victory.
"We got off to a slow start," Day said. "We really didn't get anything going
momentum-wise. Cam hit a great shot into nine, kind of started things and then
I went on a four-streak birdie there and just clutch putting from Cam. Just
NOTES: Day, the No. 8 player in the world, last won at the WGC - Accenture
Match Play Championship in February, when he defeated Victor Dubuisson in a
playoff ... Tringale tied for second at The Barclays last season, which was
his best finish ... Tringale became the 11th player to win in his debut at
this event ... Day and Tringale earned $770,000 ($385,000 each) with this
victory ... The PGA Tour is now off until the Hyundai Tournament of Champions
on January 9, where Zach Johnson won last year.
12/13 18:18:07 ET