Expansion adds more excitement to PNC Father/Son ChallengeDru Love, left, who caddied for father Davis at the 2011 McGladrey Classic, made the winning putt for team Love at last year's PNC Father/Son Challenge.December 09, 2013
By Champions Tour staff
This year’s PNC Father/Son Challenge expands to 20 teams, the most ever in the history of the event. There were 19 teams in the 2002 tournament in The Bahamas. Participating for the first time are World Golf Hall of Fame member Nick Price and his son Gregory, as well as Stewart Cink, the 2009 Open Championship winner, and his son, Connor.
This year’s 20-player field includes 12 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame and has won a combined 497 titles on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Web.com Tour. In addition the 2013 PNC Father/Son Challenge field has won a combined 64 major championships on the PGA TOUR.
Raymond Floyd, Larry Nelson, Hale Irwin and Lee Trevino will all make their 16th appearance in the PNC Father/Son Challenge this year. They are the only four players to have participated in each of the previous 15 tournaments.
Dave Stockton, winner of the 1970 and 1976 PGA Championship, will make his first appearance in the event since 2004 and will play for the first time with his oldest son, former PGA TOUR player Dave Stockton Jr. Stockton finished second with son Ron in 1996 and 1997.
The 36-hole event features a scramble format. Two teams share the 18-hole scramble record of 15-under 57 (Ray/Ray Floyd Jr. /Rd. 2/1995 at Windsor Club; Bob/David Charles/Rd. 1/1998 at Windsor Club). The two-day tournament record with the scramble format only is 25-under 119 and is shared by four teams (Bob/David Charles/1998; Jack/Gary Nicklaus/1999; Raymond/Robert Floyd/1999; Larry/Drew Nelson/2004). For the first two years of the event, a better-ball format was used on the first day.
Raymond Floyd has won this event five times with two different sons. Floyd won in 1995, 1996 and 1997 with Raymond Floyd Jr. and teamed with youngest son Robert to win in 2000 and 2001. Larry Nelson is the only other player 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. In addition to the Floyds and the Nelsons, Bernhard Langer is the only other player to win back-to-back Father/Son tournaments, claiming the 2005 and 2006 event with son Stefan.
Last year, Dru Love sank a seven-foot birdie putt on the final hole to give he and his father, Davis III, a one-stroke victory over the team of Larry Nelson and his son, Josh. Love’s winning putt came just minutes after Larry Nelson’s 15-foot birdie attempt at No. 18 which would have given the Nelsons the lead, rolled into the hole, hit the liner in the back of cup and came out. That misfortune ended a late spirited run by the Nelsons, who had made seven consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-17 to move into a tie with the Loves. Playing two groups behind the Nelsons, Davis pitched to seven feet and then watched his son, a freshman golfer at Alabama, clinch the win by draining the putt.