Nelsons Win FatherSon Challenge

By Sports NetworkDecember 5, 2004, 5:00 pm
Champions TourORLANDO, Fla. -- Larry and Drew Nelson combined for a 13-under-par 59 on Sunday to win their first title at the Father/Son Challenge. They finished the two-day, scramble event at 25-under-par 119, which was good for a three-shot win over Bob and David Charles.
 
'We wanted to win to make sure we'd be back next year,' said Larry Nelson, who pocketed $200,000 for the victory. 'It's nice to win this first one. We played well together. It was a great week.'
 
The Nelson's two-day total of 25-under-par 119 matched the tournament record. Raymond and Ray Floyd, Jr. set the mark in 1995 and was later equaled by the Charles' in 1998 and Jack and Gary Nicklaus and Raymond and Robert Floyd in 1999.
 
Curtis and Thomas Strange fired the first 59 at ChampionsGate Resort. They tied for third place with Jerry and Wesley Pate (64), Tom and David Kite (62), Raymond and Ray Floyd, Jr. (62) and Bill and Ben Rogers (61). The group was knotted at 19-under-par 125.
 
The Nelson started with three consecutive birdies, but it was not enough to keep their lead. The Charles family birdied nine holes in a row from the second.
 
'We had a two-shot lead at one point,' said Bob Charles. 'We had some momentum with nine birdies in a row.'
 
The Nelsons answered. They tallied birdies at five and eight, then went on a birdie tear of their own. Larry Nelson sank a 20-foot birdie putt at the 11th, then rattled three more in a row, culminated in a 6-footer by Drew Nelson. That birdie at 14 gave them a lead they would not relinquish.
 
The Nelsons tallied two more birdies at 15 and 16 for six in a row. Drew Nelson hit a pitching wedge to 10 feet to set up birdie at 17. Drew Nelson closed with a 15-foot birdie putt on the last to polish off eight birdies in a row, a back-nine 27 and a tournament-record-tying total.
 
'For a retired golfer, this was a pretty good week for me,' said Drew Nelson, who played some mini-tour events in North Carolina this year. 'There wasn't desperation, but the way the Charles' made eight or nine birdies in a row, it got our attention.
 
The Charles' finished with a 12-under-par 60 on Sunday.
 
Dave and Ronnie Stockton shot a 61 in the final round and took eighth place at 18-under-par 126. Vijay and Qass Singh (62) and Bernhard and Stefan Langer (65) shared ninth place at minus-16.
 
Lee and Rick Trevino posted a 9-under 63 on Sunday and took 11th at 15-under-par 129.
 
The defending champions, Hale and Steve Irwin, carded a final-round 65 and tied for 12th with the only two non father/son teams. Arnold Palmer and his grandson Sam Saunders (65) and Lee Janzen and Aaron Stewart (66), son of the late Payne Stewart, joined the Irwin family at 14-under-par 130.
 
Lanny and Travis Wadkins (65) came in 15th at 12-under-par 132, followed by Craig Stadler, who was named 2004 Champions Tour Player of the Year on Sunday, and his son Chris. The Stadlers finished at minus-10.
 
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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.