Family-oriented event boasts 18-team field, including golf icons Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, that has combined for 492 professional wins on the PGA and European Tours, including 67 major championships
Many of the greatest legends in golf history, including Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, will team up with their sons, daughters, and in one case, grandson, later this year as the PNC Father/Son Challenge returns this Fall. The unique, family-oriented tournament, held for 14 years from 1995-2008, announced a star-studded field today as it prepares to celebrate its return December 13-16 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes in Florida.
The 18-team field, which also includes defending champion Larry Nelson paired with his son, Josh, is made up of players that have combined for 492 professional wins on the PGA and European Tours, including 67 major championships.
2012 PNC FATHER/SON CHALLENGE FIELD
1.Steve Elkington/Sam Elkington (son)
2.Nick Faldo/Matthew Faldo (son)
3.Raymond Floyd/Robert Floyd (son)
4.Hale Irwin/Steve Irwin (son)
5.Lee Janzen/Connor Janzen (son)
6.Bernhard Langer/Christina Langer (daughter)
7.Davis Love III/Davis Love IV (Dru Love) (son)
8.Sandy Lyle/James Lyle (son)
9.Larry Nelson (Defending Champion)/John Nelson (son)
10.Jack Nicklaus/Gary Nicklaus (son)
11.Mark O’Meara/Shaun O’Meara (son)
12.Arnold Palmer/Will Wears (grandson)
13.Vijay Singh/Qass Singh (son)
14.Dave Stockton/David Stockton (son)
15.Curtis Strange/Tom Strange (son)
16.Lee Trevino/Daniel Trevino (son)
17.Lanny Wadkins/Tucker Wadkins (son)
18.Fuzzy Zoeller/Gretchen Zoeller (daughter)
“On behalf of all of the partners who have made the return of this great event possible, as well as the players who were so excited to be able to participate in it again, we are thrilled to announce such an incredible field for this year’s PNC Father/Son Challenge,” said Alastair Johnston, vice chairman of IMG, co-founder and producer of the event with NBC Sports. “For 14 years, the Father/Son Challenge offered a truly unique, family-oriented format as well as an opportunity for these great players to share their love of the game with their sons, daughters and grandchildren. We look forward to celebrating that special bond, and competition, with golf fans in December as the event returns.”
“We are extremely proud of our heritage as co-founder and creator of the PNC Father/Son Challenge, one of golf’s most special events, and excited to have it back on the NBC schedule,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “Through the collective efforts of PNC Bank, Ritz Carlton and IMG, golf families nationwide can now share in the joy of this unique tournament.”
To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, participants must have won either a major championship or Players Championship in their career. The professional’s partner must not have held a Tour card at any point, and while the majority of partners in the history of the event have been the sons of the golf legends, the family-themed tournament has seen a daughter and grandson participate over the years. In one poignant exception in 2008, a close family friend also participated when Payne Stewart’s son, Aaron, teamed up with Paul Azinger, Stewart’s long-time friend. The 18- team field competes in a scramble format over 36 holes for the $1 Million prize purse and the Willie Park trophy, named after Willie Park, and his son Willie Park Jr., who combined to win the British Open five times.
“The PNC Father/Son Challenge truly reflects the values and focus on family and relationships that are so important to PNC as a company, and we look forward to celebrating the event’s return with our partners and golf enthusiasts everywhere,” said James E. Rohr, chairman and chief executive officer of the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., which was announced as new title sponsor of the PNC Father/Son Challenge in March. “The chance to see many of the best golfers in the history of the game will be special for everyone, but we are equally as excited about the opportunity to leave an important legacy by assisting Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.”
Fans are able to purchase tickets, priced at $15 per day or $45 for a full week tournament pass, online by visiting www.pncfathersonchallenge.com or by calling 407-876-7004.