Norman Nicklaus in Father-Son Challenge


Champions TourORLANDO, Fla. ' Greg Norman will play in the Del Webb Father/Son Challenge. Norman, who will play with his son Gregory at ChampionsGate Golf Resort in Orlando Nov. 30-Dec. 3, committed to the popular Challenge Season event, where they will join Jack and Jackie Nicklaus, Lee and Daniel Trevino and Johnny and John Miller Jr.
Waiting for those teams are defending champions Bernhard and Stefan Langer, along with three-time champions Ray and Ray Floyd Jr., 2003 champions Hale and Steve Irwin and Arnold Palmer and his grandson, Sam Saunders.

The appearance of Norman, who rarely plays competitive golf anymore, highlights a deep field of major championship winners. To be eligible, all the fathers must have won a major championship on the PGA TOUR.
In Normans case, this would be the 1986 and 1993 British Opens, which stand out among a career that featured 20 PGA TOUR titles and 29 top-10 finishes in major championships. Included in that total are eight runners-up finishes, including heartbreaking playoff losses in all four majors.
The presence of Norman mirrors that of Nicklaus, who also rarely plays competitive golf anymore. The 1999 champion with son Gary, Nicklaus is playing in his eighth Del Web Father/Son Challenge. Last year, Jack and Jackie Nicklaus finished in a tie for ninth.
With adult sons Tony and Rick, Trevino has played in all 11 events. Playing with teenage son Daniel this year, Trevino has talked repeatedly about how much he enjoys the Del Webb Father/Son Challenge for the way it allows him to rejuvenate his once-distant relationship with his sons.
This one is very special, especially for me, Trevino said. I never spent enough time with my sons when they were growing up. You cant make that time up, but this sure helps.
Johnny Miller is another stalwart who is heard from more than hes seen on a golf course. NBCs distinctive voice of golf ' who will find himself the object of description from the booth instead of the one doing the describing ' is playing in his ninth Del Webb Father/Son Challenge. He finished T-3 in 2005, his first top-5 since a T-3 in 2002.
Besides the lucrative $1.085 million purse, the teams also play to win the prestigious Willie Park Trophy, which is based upon the original championship prize of the British Open in 1860. The trophy, a red leather belt with sterling silver embellishments, similar to the belts awarded in modern times to boxing champions, was named after Park in honor of being the first winner of the British Open, the worlds oldest golf championship.

Park won the British Open four times (1860, 1863, 1866 and 1875) and his son, Willie, Jr., won twice (1887 and 1889).
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