Larry Nelson shoots age to share lead on Champions Tour

CARY, N.C., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Larry Nelson, whose most recent of 19 Champions Tour victories came nine years ago, grabbed a share of the lead Friday after one round of the SAS Championship.

Pate, Funk share SAS Championship lead

CARY, N.C., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Steve Pate and Fred Funk each turned in a round of 3-under 69 Saturday to share the lead after two rounds of the SAS Championship.

Goodes seeks second Champions win

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, June 1 (UPI) -- Mike Goodes, whose lone Champions Tour win came three years ago, shot a 7-under 64 Friday to take the lead after one round of the Principal Charity Classic.

Nelson, 63, on track as oldest-ever champ

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Larry Nelson's birdie on the final hole Saturday handed the 63-year-old the lead after two rounds of the AT&T Championship.

Irwin shoots age on Champions Tour

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Hale Irwin shot his age with a 6-under-par 65 Friday, giving him a share of the lead after one round of the AT&T Championship.

$3,000 buys a share of Vt. ski resort

LONDONDERRY, Vt., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Skiers at the Magic Mountain ski area in Londonderry, Vt., are halfway toward the goal of saving their humble ski resort, the mountain's president said.

General wants more Afghan troops

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine general commanding the offensive in southern Afghanistan said Wednesday more Afghan troops should be involved in the fight against the Taliban.
Price bags first Champions Tour victory

Price bags first Champions Tour victory

LUTZ, Fla., April 19 (UPI) -- Longtime PGA star Nick Price earned his first victory on the Champions Tour Sunday, winning the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in Florida by two shots.

Price has 3-shot lead in senior golf

LUTZ, Fla., April 18 (UPI) -- Nick Price had a 4-under 67 Saturday to take a 3-shot lead after two rounds of the Champions Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in Florida.

Nelson leads the Outback Pro-Am

LUTZ, Fla., April 17 (UPI) -- Larry Nelson shot 6-under 65 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round at the Champions Tour Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in Lutz, Fla.

Parents remain influential with students

PROVO, Utah, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- College students who remain close to their parents are less likely to be involved with drugs, alcohol and risky sexual activity, a U.S. study found.

Nelsons win father-son golf event

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Larry Nelson, winner of three PGA majors, and his son Josh won the Del Webb Father-Son Challenge Sunday in Orlando, Fla.

Tom Watson leads on Champions Tour

CONCORD, Mass., June 22 (UPI) -- Tom Watson shot a 7-under 65 Friday and had a one-shot lead after one round of the Bank of America Championship at Concord, Mass.

Romero, Purtzer share Champions lead

SANDESTIN, Fla., June 1 (UPI) -- Eduardo Romero and Tom Purtzer tied the course record, 9-under 62, Friday to share the opening-round lead at the Boeing Championship at Sandestin, Fla.

Irwin ties course record at Valencia

VALENCIA, Calif., March 16 (UPI) -- Hale Irwin eagled his final hole Friday to complete a first round of 8-under 64, good for a two-shot lead at the AT&T Champions Classic in Valencia, Calif.
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Larry Nelson
SAP20011020106 -21 OCTOBER 2001-SAN ANTONIO, TX, USA: Larry Nelson blasts out of the bunker on the 8th green during final round action at the Sr. PGA Tour SBC Championship in San Antonio, Texas. Nelson tied the course record of 63 to win the golf tournament by one shot over Bob Gilder. Nelson was 17 strokes under par for the tournament. cc/jm/Joe Mitchell UPI

Larry Gene Nelson (born September 10, 1947) is an American professional golfer who has won numerous tournaments at both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour level.

Nelson was born in Fort Payne, Alabama and grew up in Acworth, Georgia, northwest of Atlanta. He didn't play the game as a child – atypical for a successful professional golfer – in high school he focused on basketball and baseball. Nelson took up golf at the age of 21 after he returned from serving in the infantry in Vietnam (Nelson was a 20-year-old newlywed when he was drafted into the U.S. Army). Nelson carefully studied Ben Hogan's book The Five Fundamentals of Golf while learning how to play the game. He soon found that he had a talent for the game, breaking 100 the first time he played and 70 within nine months. He went on to graduate from Kennesaw Junior College in 1970 and turned professional the following year. He qualified for the PGA Tour at 27. His breakthrough year came in 1979 when he won twice and finished second in the money list to Tom Watson.

Nelson won 10 times on the PGA Tour, of which three, a high proportion, were major championships. He earned his first major title at the 1981 PGA Championship which he won by four strokes. In 1983 he was victorious at the U.S. Open at Oakmont, coming from seven behind at the half-way point to defeat Tom Watson by a single shot. Nelson scored a U.S. Open record 65-67 over the last 36 holes at the difficult Oakmont course, which broke a 51 year Open record established by Gene Sarazen. Nelson's 10 under par 132 record score has yet to be equaled. In 1987 he finished tied with Lanny Wadkins after the regulation 72 holes of PGA Championship, and won the title with a par at the first playoff hole.

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