Golf News for Friday, November 22, 2013 | Tournaments

Jack Nicklaus and son set to headline PNC Father/Son Challenge

Jack Nicklaus, along with oldest son Jack II, headlines a field full of golf's biggest legends when the PNC Father/Son Challenge tees off for the 15th time, from Dec. 12-15 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes in Florida.

Live television coverage of the PNC Father/Son Challenge will air Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, with coverage split between Golf Channel from 2 to 4 p.m. E.T. and NBC from 4 to 6 p.m. E.T. both days.

The family-oriented event, held for 14 years from 1995-2008, made a triumphant return last season with new title sponsor, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Davis Love III and his son, Davis "Dru" Love IV, return as defending champions this year alongside past winners and legends of the game, including Larry Nelson (2004, 2007-08), Bernhard Langer (2005-06), Hale Irwin (2003), Raymond Floyd (1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001) and Nicklaus, who won in 1999 with son Gary and will tee it up this year with Jack II, the oldest of four sons.

The 2013 field grows from 18 to 20 teams, with most legends teeing it up alongside their sons, except for Bernhard Langer, who will play alongside his daughter, Christina Langer, and Fuzzy Zoeller, who will tee it up with daughter, Gretchen Chappo. Stewart Cink and his son, Connor, and Nick Price and his son, Greg, are set to make their PNC Father/Son Challenge debuts this year.

The 2013 field also boasts 430 victories across the PGA and European Tours, including 59 major championships, and 12 World Golf Hall of Fame members.

To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, participants must have won either a major championship or Players Championship in their career. The professional's partner must not have held a Tour card at any point, and while the majority of partners in the history of the event have been the sons of the golf legends, the family-themed tournament has seen a daughter and grandson participate over the years. In one poignant exception in 2008, a close family friend also participated when Payne Stewart's son, Aaron, teamed up with Paul Azinger, Stewart's long-time friend. The 20-team field competes in a scramble format over 36 holes for the $1 million prize purse and the Willie Park trophy, named after Willie Park, and his son Willie Park Jr., who combined to win the British Open five times.

Fans are able to purchase tickets, priced at $15 per day or $45 for a full week tournament pass, online by visiting www.pncfathersonchallenge.com or by calling 407-272-7506. Children age 12 years and younger receive complimentary admission with an accompanying adult.



 
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