The Great White Shark Returns to Tiburon

The “Great White Shark” himself – Greg Norman, stages his PGA Tour Challenge event.

As we get closer to the end of each calendar year in Florida’s Paradise Coast, the most famous of all the “sharks that can swim on the land,” the “Great White Shark” himself – Greg Norman, stages his PGA Tour Challenge event, the Franklin Templeton Shootout, still popularly known as the Shark Shootout December 8-13 in Naples.

By the way, Norman has stated that his Great White Shark nickname came about in 1981 when he was leading The Masters. The media didn’t know who he was and started asking questions about the blond-haired Aussie who used to swim and dive with the sharks and was now leading this major tournament. “Great White Shark to win The Masters” headlines started appearing in the press. Norman wisely embraced this and trademarked his Great White Shark Enterprises name and logo, which he deems a success story from day one.

The Norman-designed courses at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples are home for the Shootout and the resort course for The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples and The Ritz-Carlton, Naples beach resort. For all the tournament event details visit FranklinTempletonShootout.com.

The 2014 event is the 26th annual. Norman said, “This event has withstood the test of time because of the venue now for 14 years at Tiburon Golf Club and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. The players love it and their wives and families love it.” In addition to enjoying the tournament's beautiful location, participants are pleased to support the tournament’s goal to raise awareness and funds for children's cancer research. 

The Shootout is a 3-day, 54-hole stroke play event in which 12 two-person teams compete. There are a few format changes for the 2014 event, taking place December 8-13. Tournament play now begins on Thursday and ends on Saturday. The first round on Thursday is a Scramble; round two on Friday uses the Modified Alternate Shot format; and the final round on Saturday is Better Ball.

In 2014 broadcast coverage moves from NBC to FOX and FOX Sports 1 with a minimum of 10 hours of live tournament coverage. Since Norman is now an analyst for FOX, he and Joe Buck will host and present coverage of the Franklin Templeton Shootout as the first professional golf event broadcast on FOX.

written by JoNell Modys
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