PGA Tour rookies Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele have won the Franklin Templeton Shootout at Tiburon Golf Club in Florida by three shots this evening after closing with a round of 59.
The pair overcame a lack of preparation to dominate the three day event, never relinqishing the lead en route to attaining a three-round total of 32-under-par, a shot shy of the tournament record.
Somewhat improbably, the dynamic duo also managed to end their campaign on a slightly controversial note, when they opted to finish out ahead of playing partners Nick Price and Mark Calcavecchia, despite the Champions Tour representatives still having putts to tie for second place.
Steele attempted to strike an apologetic note in his post-round interview:
“We’re rookies; what can we say? We’ve got a couple wins under our belts, but we’re trying to learn.”
If Steele and Bradley can afford to be phlegmatic in victory, Jon Curran, the USPGA champion’s full-time roommate and part-time caddy, will be grateful for his share of the winner’s cheque.
A two-and-a-half year veteran of the NGA Hooters Tour, he plans to put his 10% towards travel expenses for the coming season.