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SYNR-G Stars, Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly, Pair Up to Win Shark Shootout

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"Team Wisconsin," Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly, won the Shark Shootout this past weekend, posting a final round 13-under 59 for one shot victory after several teams made a late charge in the Scramble format. The duo, who both wear FootJoy gloves and SYNR-G shoes, began the day with a one shot lead and battled with another FootJoy team, Kenny Perry (SciFlex glove) and JB Holmes (SYNR-G shoes, RainGrip glove) until Perry and Holmes failed to convert birdie putts at the last that would have forced a playoff.

Perry and Holmes came out firing and quickly took the lead on the final day. They eagled the par-5 first hole, and birdied 11 of the next 13 to get to 25 under but Stricker and Kelly rallied coming up the back. They birdied 14, 15 and 16 but didn't actually take the lead again until Stricker made an eagle on the par-5 17th -- hitting the second shot and the putt.

The Kelly/Stricker combination was the only team in this week's field with both players posting victories on the PGA TOUR this season. Kelly won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and Stricker posted three victories at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, John Deere Classic and Deutsche Bank Championship.

"It's another feather in our cap," said Stricker, the world's No. 3 player who won three times on the PGA TOUR this year. "This is a lot of fun. We came here to have fun and to play well at the same time, and we did that."

"We were a very good team," Kelly said. "It didn't seem like we were consistently in there with two really good birdie chances, but one of us always seemed to step up."

  • Camaraderie personified! It looked like they were having fun because they were. Congrats again to the boys of "Team Wisconsin"! (BTW... nice SYNRG's fellas!)

  • Great tournament to watch.  Looked like they were having a lot of fun out there.

  • Fun to watch -- it's great to see the pros in different formats. I know some people don't care for "silly season" events, but I enjoy them.

  • Great to see the 2 Wisconsin boys win this weekend. Great job.

  • On Wisconsin!

    The boys broke out the "Flying W" for this one. Well played guys!

  • I had hoped that the Midwest boys from Wisc. would win and they did. Just fun to watch a couple of guys out there having fun and laughing a lot. They really made a good team. And the number of players with FJ gear was outstanding. Just a great tourney and was nice to see all the players in a different format where they were all more relaxed.

  • Definitely one of the better "silly season" events.  The guys seem to enjoy themselves and the scoring is out of this world.  Great to see a couple of midwesterners victorious and especially those two, they are a couple of my favorites on tour.

  • Great win by 2 of the best golf ambassadors from Wisconsin.