Defending champions Kenny Perry and Sean O'Hair shot an 8-under 64 in modified alternate-shot play Friday for a share of the first-round lead in the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
The teams of Matt Kuchar-Harris English and Charles Howell III-Justin Leonard also shot 64 on the Ritz Carlton Resort's Tiburon course. The 24 teams will play better ball Saturday and finish with a scramble Sunday.
After playing the front nine in 3 under, Perry and O'Hair birdied Nos. 13-16.
''It was a fun day for me,'' said Perry, the Champions Tour player of the year and Charles Schwab Cup points champion. ''When (O'Hair) poured it in from about 15 feet on the first hole I knew it was going to be a good day for us. We were never in any trouble.
''We had a great chance to really go low today and better than 8 under, but that's OK. I mean, alternate shot is a tough format. To me it's my favorite format. I love it more than any format of all the three. So, you know, you can lose it. If we get off to a cru...