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Jack Nicklaus (pictured above with son Jack Nicklaus II) is among 13 World Golf Hall of Fame members who have committed to play in this year’s PNC Father/Son Challenge that starts this weekend.
This year’s event takes place Dec. 8-11 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Grande Lakes in Orlando.
Nicklaus, 76, will play in his 15th PNC Father/Son Challenge. He will be joined by his son, Jack Nicklaus II.
“I have said many times before that the PNC Father/Son is one of the most anticipated events of the year for me, as it gives me a chance to catch up with a lot of friends and a rare chance to tee it up with one of my sons,” said Nicklaus. “People always ask me what my dream foursome would be, and I always say I would try to bend the rules and play as a fivesome, so all four of my sons could come along. So to be able to partner with my son Jack II in a fun but competitive environment, such as the Father-Son, is going to make for a great couple of days.”
“I was looking at the incredible field they have assembled again this year,” Nicklaus continued, “and I see several fathers who are actually younger than my son. At a combined age of 130 years, is it too late for us to ask for shots?”
Fan favorite John Daly will play the PNC Father/Son Challenge for the first time, joined by his son, Little John. Daly, 50, a five-time PGA TOUR winner, joined the PGA TOUR Champions this year, making his debut at the Insperity Invitational in May.
To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, players must have won a major championship or The Players Championship. They play with either a son or daughter, and the partner must not hold a PGA Tour card. Last year’s winners Lanny and Tucker Wadkins (pictured below) will return to defend their title.
Tee Times for Saturday’s round are as follows:
9.00am Fred Funk / Taylor Funk with Lee Janzen / Connor Janzen
9.12am Steve Elkington / Sam Elkington with Sandy Lyle / Stuart Lyle
9.24am Jack Nicklaus / Jack Nicklaus II with Lee Trevino / Daniel Trevino
9.36am Curtis Strange / David Strange with Retief Goosen / Leo Goosen
9.48am Raymond Floyd / Robert Floyd with Mark O’Meara / Shaun O’Meara
10.00am Larry Nelson / Josh Nelson with Nick Price / Greg Price
10.12am Nick Faldo / Matthew Faldo with David Duval / Nick Karavites
10.24am Vijay Singh / Qass Singh with John Daly / Little John Daly
10.36am Hale Irwin / Steve Irwin with Stewart Cink / Connor Cink
10.48am Lanny Wadkins / Tucker Wadkins with Bernhard Langer / Christina Langer
More photos from last year’s event at www.FloridaLeisurePhotography.com