ORLANDO, FLORIDA, November 13, 2017 – Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman and John Daly headline a field full of golf’s biggest names at the 20th PNC Father/Son Challenge next month. Twenty of the game’s greats will tee it up alongside sons, grandsons – and, in one case, a father – when the tournament returns to The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes, Dec 14-17. The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. has been the title sponsor since 2012.
David Duval and stepson Nick Karavites shot 10-under-par 62 on Sunday to win the 2016 PNC Father/Son Challenge with a 123 (-21) total.
The duo defeated 2013 PNC champions Stewart and Connor Cink, newcomers Retief and Leo Goosen, and Fred and Taylor Funk by one shot to earn the $200,000 first-place check.
Duval, who won the 2001 Open Championship, will now add another piece of golf history to his trophy cabinet. The PNC Father/Son Championship winners receive the Willie Park belts, named for the first father and son duo to win the Open Championship, Willie Park Sr. and Jr.
David Duval and his stepson, Nick Karavites, shot 11-under-par 61 to take the first-round lead at the 2016 PNC Father/Son Challenge.
The duo birdied Nos. 1, 3-7, 13-16 and 18 to open up a one-stroke lead over Fred and Taylor Funk.
Jack Nicklaus and his son Jack II are playing together in the PNC Father/Son Challenge for the eight time this weekend. Their best finish as a team was second in 2003. The pair’s only expectations this year are to enjoy the time together.
Lanny and son, Tucker, Will return to the PNC Father/Son Challenge to Defend their Title
John and Little John "LJ" Daly are looking forward to making their debut at this year's PNC Father/Son Challenge at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 8-11. John says they have watched the PNC Father/Son Challenge on TV in the past and LJ’s eyes light up knowing he's going to play in the event this year.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen will wear several hats when making his PNC Father/Son Challenge debut alongside son, Leo, this year. The 47-year-old South African will take on the role of swing coach, mental coach and, most importantly, dad, when the duo tee it up at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 8-11. As an eighth-grader, Leo plays on the varsity golf team at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando. He also competes on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour and U.S. Kids Golf Tour.
An official PGA TOUR Champions Challenge event, the PNC Father/Son Challenge will underscore its commitment to supporting families and the military by hosting a special K9s For Warriors presentation. Title Sponsor PNC will sponsor a service canine for the use of a veteran at the Sunday, Dec. 11 event at approximately 2 p.m. outside of the Patriot Pavilion, a military-exclusive hospitality chalet located on the 18th fairway at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando.
Fan Favorite John Daly to Play Event for First Time with Son Little John
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The PNC Father/Son Challenge is grateful for the men and women who protect the freedoms we all enjoy. PNC not only makes it possible for veterans to see their favorite professional golfers, but to also thank them in person after they have completed their round.
In the United States, about 69% of elementary school children qualify for federal free or reduced lunches. That’s about 16 million children across the country facing daily food insecurity. That’s where Blessings in a Backpack comes in. The non-profit organization provides food-filled backpacks to school children ages K-5 each Friday to take home over the weekend. Thanks to PNC, during the Father/Son Challenge tournament week, volunteers get together to stuff backpacks, which are then delivered to the Callahan Center.
Besides golf, Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III and their PGA colleagues have another important, and rewarding, role – being a dad. For these professionals, each stroke on the course counts. When it comes to family, the moments on and off the golf course are what matter most. The PNC Father/Son Challenge allows these fathers to celebrate long-time relationships and family as they spend time with their children to compete against other golf legends. This Father's Day join us in celebrating family.
Lanny Wadkins (66-year-old dad) and Tucker Wadkins (23-year-old son) figured out how to channel some family magic in a playoff victory at the 2015 PNC Father/Son Challenge.
World Golf Hall Fame member Vijay Singh and son Qass made eagle on the 18th hole to take the first-round lead at the 2015 PNC Father/Son Challenge. Team Singh shot 59 (-13) at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club for a two-shot lead over Steve and Sam Elkington, Lanny and Tucker Wadkins and Davis and Dru Love.
Matt Adams of Fairways of Life is at PNC Father/Son Challenge this week. Matt sat down with Larry Nelson to talk about how it's never too late to achieve what you want to achieve and about his time served in Vietnam. Davis Love III and son Dru Love IV talk about life on and off the course.
ORLANDO, FL - The PNC Father/Son Challenge today launched a commemorative tournament seal designed to reflect the unique Father and child bond that is the heritage of the event. The seal, which will evolve each year, uses elements of a golf course to create the silhouettes of a parent and child and complements the existing tournament logo.
The PNC Father/Son Challenge brings more than just great golf to Central Florida. The tournament impacts the Orlando-area community in ways that affect fans of all generations and genders. Support of programs and events like the Healthy Families Orange Program (HFO), Blessings in a Backpack, the LPGA Girls’ Golf Extravaganza and military appreciation shows the tournament and PNC’s commitment to the Central Florida community.
There is a certain magic in going to work with your father – seeing the place he goes off to in the mornings and returns from at night. For some, their father’s office is a golf course, and for a lucky few, their fathers are playing in the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world.
“The whole tournament is all about family and spending time with your family and the families of other players,” said Bernhard. “For these youngsters it is an amazing few days where they can rub shoulders with some of the legends of the game, deepen some friendships we have and create new memories.”
Defending Champion, 2015 Charles Schwab Cup winner Bernhard Langer and son Jason will aim to repeat as champions;Ten Ryder Cup Captains, including current U.S. Captain Davis Love III, set to play; Twenty-team field boasts 12 World Golf Hall of Fame members, 350 PGA TOUR titles and 64 major championships
Fifty-four years ago today, on Nov. 7, 1961, a 21-year-old Jack Nicklaus wrote a heartfelt letter to the USGA to declare that he was turning professional.
World Golf Hall Fame member Bernhard Langer and his 14-year-old son, Jason, won the PNC Father/Son Challenge on Sunday at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grande Lakes. Langer, a two-time Masters winner, and Jason shot 62-59=121 (-23) to win the tournament by two shots over Davis and Davis (Dru) Love IV.
The teams of Curtis / Thomas Strange and Bernhard / Jason Langer are tied for the lead at 62 (-10).
Team wrist bands support Healthy Families Orange; Fans Wearing the Winning Team’s Band on Sunday will have the Opportunity to take a Photo with the Champions
Six-time major champion Lee Trevino returns to this week's PNC Father/Son Challenge happier than ever. The 75-year-old's wit, charm and bright-lights smile was on full display at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, Orlando on Thursday as he made a surprise appearance at a fan clinic and shared stories with media members.
Through a partnership with the PNC Father/Son Challenge, PNC, PGA TOUR players and families, the goal is to spread awareness of Childhood Hunger through Blessings in a Backpack.
Mark O’Meara has won 16 PGA TOUR victories, including two major championships (1998 Masters Tournament, 1998 The Open Championship), has two Champions Tour wins, a U.S. Amateur title (1979), three European Tour wins and has represented the United States in five Ryder Cups and two Presidents Cups. The 57-year-old will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015. Even with all his success in golf, the soon-to-be Hall of Famer says one of his favorite tournaments each year is the PNC Father/Son Challenge.
Hale Irwin is one of only four players to have participated in each of the 16 years the PNC Father/Son Challenge has been played. His son Steve, now 40, has played in each one with him. From the beginning, Irwin said this has been a special event.
This year, Lehman and his son, Thomas, now 19, will return to the PNC Father/Son Challenge after a seven-year hiatus. Why the long break? Thomas was busy playing football and baseball at Notre Dame Preparatory High School in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Raymond Floyd dominated the PNC Father/Son Challenge in the early years. Floyd is a four-time major champion, has won 22 times on the PGA TOUR, 14 times on the Champions Tour and has won five times at the PNC Father/Son Challenge. Floyd and his son Raymond Floyd Jr. won the first three years the tournament was held from 1995-97, then Raymond won with son Robert in 2000-2001.