Opening 59 for McDowell and Woodland
 "Needed a bit of help to read the notices at Tiburon Golf Club, luckily they have some help to hand..." @FTShootout' Graeme McDowell sees the funny side.

"Needed a bit of help to read the notices at Tiburon Golf Club, luckily they have some help to hand..." @FTShootout' Graeme McDowell sees the funny side.

Graeme McDowell and partner Gary Woodland opened with a 13 under 59 in the scramble format to share second spot behind Matt Kuchar and Harris English in the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Florida.

Kuchar and English posted a 14-under 58 at the Tiburon Golf Club leaving Billy Horschel-Hunter Mahan and McDowell-Woodland to settle for second with 59s on day one.

"Having Kooch as a backup guy is pretty good," English said. "I know if I mess up or I miss a putt, I wouldn't want anybody else hitting a shot or putting behind me."

Since being paired in 2013, Kuchar and English have gone 79 under in their seven rounds - an average of a little better than 11 under per round.

The format on Friday is modified alternate shot.