Nelsons win Father-Son Challenge
ORLANDO, Fla. — Larry and Drew Nelson closed with eight straight birdies for a 13-under-par 59, rallying from a two-stroke deficit on the back nine for a tournament record-tying 25-under total to win the Father-Son Challenge on Sunday.
Bob and David Charles made nine straight birdies, starting at the second, to take a two-stroke lead early on the back nine at ChampionsGate Resort before fading, finishing second at 22 under.
“There wasn’t any desperation, but it did get our attention,” said Drew Nelson, 28. “They birdied nine out of (the first) 10, which kind of blew me away.”
Three-time major winner Larry Nelson, paired in the past with sons Josh or Drew, won the event for the first time in 10 tries. His previous best finish was third in 2003.
“You make eight birdies in a row, you are going to catch some people,” Larry Nelson said. “Ten tries, yes, it never gets any easier. Today, it was nice to follow up a good round with a better round.”
Bob Charles said he and his son couldn’t sustain their early run.
“We certainly had some momentum going with nine in a row,” the 68-year-old Charles said.
Vijay Singh and 14-year-old son, Qass, closed with a 62 and finished tied for ninth.
Arnold Palmer and grandson Sam Saunders finished in a tie for 12th at 14-under. Also tied for 12th was the pairing of Lee Janzen and Aaron Stewart, son of the late PGA Tour star Payne Stewart.