Day, Tringale seal narrow win

Jason Day and Cameron Tringale won the Franklin Templeton Shootout on after posting a 7-under 65 in the better-ball final round on Sunday.

The Americans lead at the close of play in the both previous rounds after posting 55 in the scramble round on Friday and 64 in Saturday’s modified alternate-shot play round.

A birdie on the front nine and then six on the back nine at the Tiburon Golf Club saw the pair finish on 32-under and win by a single shot.

Day, who got the back nine off to an excellent start with a 25-foot birdie putt on hole 10, praised his partner after claiming the win.

“He hit a lot of good, clutch putts,” Day told AP. “Once I holed that putt (on the tenth), we started very well on the back nine.”

Matt Kuchar and Harris English, the defending champions, finished second after firing a 62 in the final round.

They came agonizingly close to defending their title or at least forcing a play-off on the last two holes after Kuchar narrowly missed an eagle chip on 17 and English hit his approach shot within two feet of the cup on the next hole.

Keegan Bradley and Camilo Villegas, and Billy Horschel and Ian Poulter tied for third on 29-under after both teams carded 61’s in the final round.

The victory earns Day and Tringale $385 000 each, with Kuchar and English winning $242 500 each and the four players who were tied for third banking $130 000 each.