Three-time Father/Son Challenge Winner Pairs up with son Josh for the 8th Time
ORLANDO, Fla., October 29, 2014 – Three-time Major Champion Larry Nelson will make his 17th appearance at the PNC Father/Son Challenge this year. He played the first year the event was held in 1995 and has won the tournament three times (2004, 2007, 2008).
Nelson is one of 20 fathers who will vie for the Willie Park trophy alongside their son or daughter when the tournament is played Dec. 11-14, 2014, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes in Fla.
Nelson joins Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin and Lee Trevino as the only four players to have participated in each of the 16 tournaments. Nelson and Floyd are the only two players to win with two different sons. Nelson teamed with oldest son Drew to win in 2004 and 2008 and claimed the 2007 event with youngest son, Josh.
“One of the best memories was winning with Josh in 2007 because I had already won with Drew in 2004 and I was really happy to be able to win with both sons,” said Larry. “And then I won again in 2008 with Drew so it was very neat to get back-to-back wins. Whichever son isn’t playing is my caddy for the week. This has always been a great family event for us. And it’s great for the mothers to be able to watch their kids play alongside the dads. I was really happy when the event returned in 2012.”
Larry didn't begin playing golf until he was 21 years old after he returned from military service in Vietnam. Nelson successfully went through the PGA TOUR Qualifying School in 1973. Only four years after he started to play golf - after playing in only one 72-hole tournament- Nelson was on the PGA TOUR.
Nelson's breakthrough year was 1979 when he won twice and finished second on the money list to Tom Watson. In 1981 Nelson won the PGA Championship at The Atlantic Athletic Club by four strokes over Fuzzy Zoeller. In 1983 he won his second major, the U.S. Open, at one of the toughest championship courses in the world, Oakmont Country Club just outside of Pittsburgh. And in 1987 he repeated with his victory in the PGA Championship at PGA National Golf Club at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida with a playoff victory over Lanny Wadkins.
Nelson was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006.
Larry Nelson’s Results at the PNC Father/Son Challenge (son who played)
1995 – 5th (Drew Nelson)
1996 – T4 (Drew Nelson)
1997 – T11 (Drew Nelson)
1998 – T4 (Josh Nelson)
1999 – T15 (Josh Nelson)
2000 – T5 (Drew Nelson)
2001 – 5th (Josh Nelson)
2002 – T8 (Drew Nelson)
2003 – 3rd (Josh Nelson)
2004 – WON (Drew Nelson)
2005 – 8th (Josh Nelson)
2006 – T9 (Drew Nelson)
2007 – WON (Josh Nelson)
2008 – WON (Drew Nelson)
2012 – 2nd (Josh Nelson)
2013 – T9 (Drew Nelson)
The two-day tournament record with the scramble format only is 25-under-par 119 and is shared by four teams (Bob/David Charles/1998; Jack/Gary Nicklaus/1999; Raymond/Robert Floyd/1999; Larry/Drew Nelson/2004).
The PNC Father/Son Challenge, held for 15 years from 1995-2008, made a return in 2012 with new title sponsor, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Stewart Cink and his son Connor hoisted the Willie Park trophy in 2013, and will return as defending champions. Larry and Josh are the fifth in a series of commitments to the 2014 PNC Father/Son Challenge field that will be announcing across the next two months via www.PNCFatherSonChallenge.com.
Television coverage of the PNC Father/Son Challenge will air on Golf Channel from 2-3 p.m. ET and NBC from 3-6 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14. The Golf Channel will also air a Pro-Am Special on Friday, Dec. 12. Tickets are now on sale, priced at $15 per day or $45 for a full tournament pass (four days), by visiting www.pncfathersonchallenge.com or by calling 407-272-7506. Children age 15 years and younger receive complimentary admission with an accompanying adult.
To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, participants must have won either a major championship or THE PLAYERS 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.
The PNC Father/Son Challenge is operated in partnership by IMG and NBC Sports.