Prior to his career in professional golf, World Golf Hall of Fame member Larry Nelson served in the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army. There was a lot of confusion in the world during the 1970’s and there was a lot of nervousness and fear among those who had been drafted into the military like he was. No one knew if they were going into the Army, Navy, Marines, or Air Force and no one knew where they were going. He is very proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army just as other members of his family have served this great country. He has since worked to reach out to those who are currently serving our country to let them know that they are in his prayers and that he understands what they are going through.
When you are drafted into the military, you spend 18 months training to prepare for service. During this time, the military is preparing you for the unknown and when training is finished and you are deployed, you still do not know many details about your service and you learn the details when you land in your place of service. He learned about his own service when he landed in Vietnam.
When he was in basic training, his friend Ken Hummel talked to him about the game of golf constantly. Up to that point, he had played almost every sport except golf and admitted that he thought the game of golf was a bit of a sissy sport. He made a mental note that he would try golf once he returned to the U.S. from Vietnam and when he tried it, he fell in love with it and was able to make a great career out of playing golf.
When asked about the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup Captaincy, he said that he would definitely accept the job and feels that the timing could not be better. He has a great deal of experience and he would be able to devote the time that the job deserves. Also, we may be in a place where the PGA of America needs to shake up the U.S. team and shake up the process. He would be honored to help the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2014 and hopes to have the opportunity.