Bradley, Steele back to defend 'Shark' title

Last updated 11:53 07/12/2012

Relevant offers

Golf

So Yeon Ryu becomes world No 1 in as Lydia Ko slips to third in women's golf Tiger Woods to skip all duties at TPC Potomac to deal with prescription drug use Danny Lee ties for third in PGA Tour's Travelers Championship Lydia Ko set to fall to No 3 in the world after quiet final round in Arkansas Lydia Ko no match for the incredible So Yeon Ryu in Arkansas Eagle for Danny Lee in Travelers Championship third round Lydia Ko struggles as Sung Hyun Park shoots 63 to lead on LPGA Danny Lee improves as Jordan Spieth leads in Travelers Championship Danny Lee makes solid start to Travelers Championship Donald Trump commits golf etiquette atrocity by driving on a green

Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele are defending their title in the Franklin Templeton Shootout, and Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter also are back for the first time since winning the team event.

"It's big," said Bradley, coming off a second-place finish on Sunday in Tiger Woods' World Challenge in California. "I get to play with Brendan, which is really fun, and I'm defending, which is even more fun."

Last year, Bradley and Steele became the first US PGA Tour rookies to win the Greg Norman-run tournament, shooting a 13-under 59 in the final-round scramble for a three-stroke victory.

"It's rare that a plan goes that well, especially with golf," Steele said. "You can do everything you're supposed to do, and it doesn't quite work out for you."

Johnson and Poulter won in 2010, then skipped the event last year because of scheduling conflicts.

"Our games are different, but yet they tie in very, very well in this format," Poulter said.

The 12-team tournament begins tomorrow at Tiburon - "shark" in Spanish - with a modified alternate-shot round. The team will play better ball on Sunday, and finish with a scramble on Monday (NZ times).

Norman is teaming with Fredrik Jacobson, and the field also features the teams of Davis Love III-Brandt Snedeker, Bud Cauley-Rickie Fowler, Justin Leonard-Scott Verplank, Jerry Kelly-Steve Stricker, Charles Howell III-Rory Sabbatini, Jason Dufner-Vijay Singh, Mark Calcavecchia-Mike Weir, Stewart Cink-Carl Pettersson and Sean O'Hair-Kenny Perry.

Bradley and Steele use belly putters that they anchor to their bodies, a technique expected to be banned in 2016 in a proposed rule change. Bradley was heckled last week at Sherwood, with a fan calling him a cheater.

"It's a weird time for players like myself and Brendan to have to deal with that," Bradley said. "I think we've all kind of handled it pretty well considering it's been a pretty drastic change."

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers
Opinion poll

If she is able to, when do you expect Lydia Ko to win her first major?

Next year, she's so close

She's still working towards it, within three years

It may be longer than we think, within five years

The expectation might be too much, maybe never

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content