ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Nick Price never had the opportunity to play the PNC Father/Son Challenge in the past. Not because he couldn’t qualify – he is, after all, a three-time major champion – or because he didn’t have the desire. Price simply didn’t have a partner because none of his three children played golf.
But 2013 is different for the President’s Cup captain.
Price’s son, Greg, took up the game of golf eight months ago and, in December, they will play together for the first time at the 2013 PNC Father/Son Challenge. Price is one of 20 fathers who will vie for the Willie Park trophy alongside their son or daughter when the tournament is played Dec. 12-15, 2013, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes in Florida.
"Greg said to me, ‘Dad, they’re having the Father/Son again and I really want to play’ and I thought that would be great," Price said. "I’m sure it’s going to be great fun. I think we’ll laugh a lot. I just want him to enjoy it. If he enjoys it, he’ll want to do it again."
Price, an 18-time PGA TOUR winner, is eager to tee it up alongside his son.
"I’ll give him some fatherly advice on something I have experienced many times," he said. "I’ll just tell him to focus and put his normal swing on. It will be new ground for both of us."
Price will be joined by a field full of golf’s biggest legends when the PNC Father/Son Challenge tees off for the 16th time, Dec. 12-15, 2013, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes in Florida.
The PNC Father/Son Challenge, held for 15 years from 1995-2008, made a triumphant return last season with new title sponsor, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Davis Love III and his son, Davis “Dru” Love IV, hoisted the Willie Park trophy and return as defending champions this year alongside past winners and legends of the game including Larry Nelson (2004, 2007-08), Bernhard Langer (2005-06), Hale Irwin (2003), Raymond Floyd (1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001) and Jack Nicklaus (1999), who will play this year with son, Jack Nicklaus II.
Television coverage of the PNC Father/Son Challenge will air on Golf Channel from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time and NBC from 4 to 6 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15.
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 currently hold a Tour card, 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 daughters and grandsons participate over the years.
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 407-272-7506. Children age 12 years and younger receive complimentary admission with an accompanying adult.
Skybox Hospitality is also available for purchase by calling 301-440-2479.
The PNC Father/Son Challenge is operated in partnership by IMG and NBC Sports.