Nelson WinsAgain


Larry Nelson made eight points in his round Sunday at Key Biscayne's Crandon Park Golf Club, which was just enough to win the Royal Caribbean Classic.
The 53-year-old finished with +29 points for the tournament, one more than Isao Aoki, who charged home Sunday with 10 points over his final nine holes to finish with a total of +28. Tom Jenkins and Bob Eastwood each finished three points back with +26.
Larry Nelson comments on his Royal Caribbean win.
Nelson has become, without question, the dominant player on the Senior PGA Tour. He has now won the first two events he has entered this season, the other coming two weeks ago at the MasterCard Championship.
He has been so strong over the past six months, in fact, that in the last ten tournaments he has entered, he has claimed victory six times. On the four occasions that he has not won, he has not been out of the top-10. In fact, two of those top-10s were runner-up finishes.
Don't talk to Larry Nelson about playing good golf. He already knows how.
And Sunday he proved it once again.
This one was no blowout, however. In fact, it was downright close. And had it not been for an early blunder by Aoki, the Japanese star might have taken the title.
On the par-5 1st, Aoki missed a short putt for par, and then actually missed the ball completely on his tap-in for bogey. The double subtracted three points, which would obviously hurt him in the end.
The 58-year-old had another chance to win too as he had only 10 feet for an eagle-three at the closing par-5 18th. It just slid off, however, and the birdie provided one point too few for the tie.
Bruce Fleisher put in a good defense of his back-to-back wins here over the last two seasons. The man who won only once in 30 years on the PGA Tour, yet has taken 11 titles on the 50-and-older circuit in just two seasons, finished at +22 points, seven back of Nelson.
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