CHAMPIONS - PNC Father Son Challenge Preview
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DATES: Saturday, December 13th through Sunday, December 14th
SITE: Ritz-Carlton Golf Club (Grande Lakes), Orlando, Florida
COURSE ARCHITECT: Greg Norman (2003)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,120
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 423 Yds10 - Par 4 459 Yds
2 - Par 4 450 Yds11 - Par 3 209 Yds
3 - Par 5 576 Yds12 - Par 4 344 Yds
4 - Par 4 369 Yds13 - Par 4 400 Yds
5 - Par 3 217 Yds14 - Par 3 212 Yds
6 - Par 4 462 Yds15 - Par 4 419 Yds
7 - Par 4 447 Yds16 - Par 5 510 Yds
8 - Par 5 553 Yds17 - Par 3 145 Yds
9 - Par 4 397 Yds18 - Par 5 528 Yds
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37 3,894 Yds35 3,226 Yds
 
Annual:  17th
Television:  Golf Channel - Saturday/Sunday -- 2-3 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Saturday -- 6:30-8 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Sunday -- 6:30-10:30 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champions:  Stewart and Connor Cink
Runner-Up:  Steve and Sam Elkington
Tournament Record:  119 (Raymond and Raymond Floyd, Jr., 1995;
  Bob and David Charles, 1998;
  Jack & Gary Nicklaus, Raymond & Robert Floyd, 1999;
  Larry and Drew Nelson, 2004)
18-Hole Record:  57 (Raymond and Raymond Floyd, Jr., 1995;
  Bob and David Charles, 1998)
Total Purse:  $1,085,000
Shares:  1st Place - $200,000; 2nd Place - $80,000; 3rd Place - $57,000
 
2013 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Stewart/Connor Cink122Jack/Jack II Nicklaus128
Steve/Sam Elkington125Raymond/Ray Jr. Floyd129
Vijay/Qass Singh125Hale/Steve Irwin129
Davis/Dru Love127Four teams at130
Curtis/Tom Strange128
 
Past PNC Father Son Challenge Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Stewart Cink/Connor Cink (122) -- Steve/Sam Elkington, Vijay/Qass Singh
2012Davis Love III/Dru Love (121) -- Larry and Josh Nelson
2011Not Held
2010Not Held
2009Not Held
2008Larry Nelson/Drew Nelson (123) -- Davis III and Dru Love
2007Larry Nelson/Josh Nelson (120) -- Bob and Kevin Tway
2006Bernhard Langer/Stefan Langer (120) -- Bob/Kevin Tway, Vijay/Qass Singh
2005Bernhard Langer/Stefan Langer (120) -- Raymond and Robert Floyd
2004Larry Nelson/Drew Nelson (119) -- Bob and David Charles
2003Hale Irwin/Steve Irwin (123) -- Jack and Jack II Nicklaus
2002*Craig Stadler/Kevin Stadler (120) -- Hale and Steve Irwin
2001Raymond Floyd/Robert Floyd (124) -- Hale and Steve Irwin
2000*Raymond Floyd/Robert Floyd (122) -- Johnny and Scott Miller
1999*Jack Nicklaus/Gary Nicklaus (119) -- Raymond and Robert Floyd
1998Bob Charles/David Charles (119) -- Craig and Kevin Stadler
1997Raymond Floyd/Raymond Floyd Jr (120) -- Dave and Ron Stockton
1996Raymond Floyd/Raymond Floyd Jr (124) -- Dave and Ron Stockton
1995Raymond Floyd/Raymond Floyd Jr (119) -- Hale and Steve Irwin

* - Won in Playoff

NOTE:Formerly called Office Depot Father/Son Challenge (1995-2004),
MBNA WorldPoints Father/Son Challenge (2005). Dell Webb Father/Son Challenge (2006-08).

Top Players in the Field
Stewart CinkPlaying with son Connor
Steve ElkingtonPlaying with son Sam
Nick FaldoPlaying with son Matthew
Raymond FloydPlaying with son Robert
Hale IrwinPlaying with son Steve
Lee JanzenPlaying with son Connor
Bernhard LangerPlaying with son Jason
Tom LehmanPlaying with son Thomas
Davis Love IIIPlaying with son Dru
Sandy LylePlaying with son James
Johnny MillerPlaying with son Andy
Larry NelsonPlaying with son Josh
Jack NicklausPlaying with son Jack II
Mark O'MearaPlaying with son Shaun
Nick PricePlaying with son Greg
Vijay SinghPlaying with son Qass
Dave StocktonPlaying with son Ron
Curstis StrangePlaying with son Tom
Lee TrevinoPlaying with son Daniel
Lanny WadkinsPlaying with son Tucker

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Vijay and Qass Singh
Darkhorse - Mark and Shaun O'Meara
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Anders Forsbrand) - Finished tied for 9th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jeff Hart) - Finished tied for 4th
 
NOTES:The final event of the 2014 Champions Tour season takes place this
week. The PNC Father Son Challenge is one of the unique events in golf, as fathers and sons compete in a 2-day scramble to see which family can boast bragging rights for one year. Entrance into this tournament is also unique. In order for a father to qualify, he must have won a professional major title.

Besides the first-place prize of $200,000, the players will also be competing for the Willie Park Trophy, which is named in honor of the first winner of the British Open -- the world's oldest golf championship. Willie Park won three British Opens and his son, Willie Park Jr, later won two British Opens. The Willie Park Trophy was commissioned to commemorate one of the most prominent father/son combinations in the history of golf. The Trophy is based upon the original championship prize of the British Open in 1860, a red leather belt with sterling silver embellishments, similar to the belts awarded in modern times to boxing champions.

Last year, Stewart and Connor Cink combined to shoot two rounds of 11-under 61 to earn a 3-stroke victory over Steve and Sam Elkington and Vijay and Qass Singh. The Cinks finished the tournament at 22-under-par 122 to become the first duo since the inaugural tournament in 1995 (won by Ray Jr. and Raymond Floyd) that won the title in their first appearance.

In 2012, Davis Love III and his son Dru fired rounds of 60-61 to secure a 1-stroke victory over Larry and Josh Nelson. The Loves, who were the runners-up the last time this event was contested in 2008, finished at 23-under 121 at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Grand Lakes Resort.

In 2008, the Nelson family successfully defended its title. Larry and Drew Nelson combined for rounds of 61-62 to win at 21-under 123. Larry is the only father to win back-to-back events with different sons, as he and son Josh won in 2007.

Larry Nelson became the second father to win with two different sons when he played with Josh Nelson for a second consecutive 12-under 60 in the final round in 2007. The Nelsons finished the 36-hole tournament at 24-under 120 to beat Bob and Kevin Tway by two shots. Larry Nelson, a 3-time major winner on the PGA Tour in the 1980s, also won this event with son Drew in 2004. Raymond Floyd is the only other father to win with two different sons.

In 2006, Bernhard and Stefan Langer combined to shoot rounds of 59-61 to finish the scramble at 24-under-par 120, beating Bob and Kevin Tway and Vijay and Qass Singh by one shot. The Langers captured their second straight title at this event, becoming the first father-son duo to repeat since Raymond and Robert Floyd in 2001. Floyd also won three in a row with his son Raymond Jr. from 1995-97.

When Stefan Langer won in 2005 with his father Bernhard, he became the youngest champion of this event at 15 years old. He also became the first teenager to win. The previous youngest winner was Raymond Floyd, Jr, who was 21 years old when he and dad Raymond won the inaugural event in 1995.

In 2004, Larry and Drew Nelson combined to win their first title. They finished the 2-day scramble event at 25-under-par 119, which was good for a 3- shot win over Bob and David Charles. The winning total of 119 tied the tournament record shot by Raymond and Raymond Floyd, Jr. in 1995, Bob and David Charles in 1998, Jack and Gary Nicklaus in 1999 and Raymond and Robert Floyd in 1999. The Nelsons birdied every hole on the back nine en route to their 59 in the final round.

This event has been dominated by Raymond Floyd and his family since its inception in 1995. The elder Floyd teamed with Raymond Jr to win this event the first three years and then matched up with son Robert to capture the title in 2000-01. Raymond and Robert also lost in a playoff in 1999 to Jack and Gary Nicklaus and finished second in 2005 to Bernhard and Stefan Langer.

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As of December 9, 2014, at 03:51 PM ET