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Larry Nelson

  • Birthplace: Ft. Payne, Ala.
  • Residence: Marietta, Ga.
  • Birthdate: September 9, 1947
  • Age: 58
  • Turned Pro: 1971

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Player Notes

Lettered in baseball and basketball in high school and attended Southern Tech for a year before he was drafted and spent two years in the military. After his discharge in 1968, he tried school again and also worked as an illustrator at Lockheed. One day during his lunch break in 1969, he drove by a driving range and liked hitting balls so much that he went to work in a pro shop in Kennesaw, Ga. He turned profession six months after that and tried the mini-tour briefly and in 1973, just 3_ years after taking up the game finished 2nd in the Florida State Open, finishing one stroke back of the winner, despite a bogey-bogey finish... That was his only 72-hole tournament ever, and later that year he gained his touring card... Since then he has won 10 tournaments on the PGA Tour... He has also won on the Japan PGA Tour the 1980 Tokai Classic, 1983 Dunlop International, and 1989 Suntory Open... He was also a member of the 1979, '81 and '87 Ryder Cup Team... Today when he isn't playing on the Champions Tour, Nelson devotes most of his time designing and building golf courses.

Career Victories

Champions Tour
19 - 1998 American Express Invitational, Pittsburgh Senior Classic, Boone Valley Classic, 1999 GTE Classic, Bruno's Memorial Classic, 2000 Las Vegas Senior Classic, Boone Valley Classic, FleetBoston Classic, Foremost Insurance Championship, Bank One Senior Championship, Vantage Championship, 2001 MasterCard Championship, Royal Caribbean Classic, FleetBoston Classic, Farmers Charity Classic, SBC Championship, 2003 Constellation Energy Classic, FedEx Kinko's Classic. Administaff Small Business Classic.

Japan PGA Tour
4 - 1980 Tokai Classic, 1983 Dunlop International, 1989 Suntory Open, 1991 Dunlop Phoenix

PGA Tour
10 - 1979 Jackie Gleason-Inverrary Classic, Western Open, 1980 Atlanta Classic, 1981 Greater Greensboro Open, PGA Championship, 1983 U.S. Open, 1984 Walt Disney World Classic, 1987 PGA Championship, Walt Disney/Oldsmobile Classic, 1988 Georgia Pacific-Atlanta Classic

Career Summary

1974 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 18; top-10 finishes - 3; money $24,023 (ranked 91st); Best finish, T5th, Western Open.

1975 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 5; money $39,811 (ranked 65th); Best finish, T4th, Byron Nelson Classic & Canon Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open.

1976 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 34; in money - 27; top-10 finishes - 4; money $66,482 (ranked 41st); Best finish, T2nd, Hawaiian Open.

1977 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 33; in money - 24; top-10 finishes - 6; money $104,846 (ranked 24th); Best finish, T2nd, Andy Williams-San Diego Open, Greater Greensboro Open & Sammy Davis, Jr. - Greater Hartford Open.

1978 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 22; top-10 finishes - 4; money $65,686 (ranked 46th); Best finish, T3rd Sea Pines Heritage Classic.

1979 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 22; top-10 finishes - 9; money $280,431 (ranked 2nd); Winner, Jackie Gleason-Inverrary Classic & Western Open.

1980 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 22; top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 71.28 (ranked 18th); money $182,715 (ranked 11th); Winner, Atlanta Classic.

1981 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 21; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 71.31 (ranked 27th); money $193,342 (ranked 10th); Winner, Greater Greensboro Open & PGA Championship.

1982 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 18; top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average 71.09 (ranked 21st); money $159,134 (ranked 21st); best finish, 2nd, Western Open.

1983 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 13; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 72.05 (ranked 73rd); money $138,368 (ranked 40th); Winner, U.S. Open.

1984 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 11; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 71.98 (ranked 95th); money $154,689 (ranked 42nd); Winner, Walt Disney World Golf Classic.

1985 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 19; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 71.42 (ranked 41st); money $143,993 (ranked 54th); best finish, T5th, Hertz Bay Hill Classic.

1986 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 10; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.96 (ranked 89th); money $124,338 (ranked 69th); best finish, T3rd, Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational.

1987 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 14; top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average 71.14 (ranked 39th); money $501,292 (ranked 14th); Winner, PGA Championship & Walt Disney World.

1988 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 10; scoring average 70.39 (ranked 29th); money $411,284 (ranked 25th); Winner, Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic.

1989 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 12; top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average 70.79 (ranked 60th); money $186,869 (ranked 79th); best finish, T2nd, GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic

1990 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 10; top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 70.86 (ranked 59th); money $124,260 (ranked 124th); best finish, T4th Buick Southern Open...

1991 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 8; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 71.47; money $160,543 (ranked 96th); best finish, T3rd U.S. Open...

1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 9; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 71.43; money $94,930 (ranked 135th); best finish, T7th, Doral Ryder Open.

1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 9; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 71.87 (ranked T-146th); money $54,870 (ranked 177th); best finish, T13th Western Open.

1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 8; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 72.40; money $66,831 (ranked 175th); best finish T10th, Doral-Ryder Open.

1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 6; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 72.38 (ranked 182nd); money $40,689 (ranked 214th); best finish T8th, Buick Challenge.

1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 16; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 70.49 (ranked 28th); money $305,083 (ranked 70th); best finish T8th, Doral-Ryder Open and MCI Classic.

1997 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 6; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 68.44; money $312,457 (ranked 128th); best finish, T2nd, Comfort Classic.

1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 8; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 72.10 (ranked 168th); money $196,981 (ranked 117th); best finish T2nd at Doral-Ryder Open.

1998 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; top-10 finishes - 11; scoring average 69.87 (ranked 3rd); money $1,442,476 (ranked 3rd); winner, American Express Invitational, Pittsburgh Senior Classic, Boone Valley Classic.

1999 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; top-10 finishes - 13; scoring average 70.25 (ranked T8th); money $1,513,524 (ranked 4th); winner, GTE Classic and Bruno's Memorial Classic.

2000 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; top-10 finishes - 23; scoring average 68.87 (ranked 2nd); money $2,708,005 (ranked 1st); winner, Las Vegas Senior Classic, Boone Valley Classic, FleetBoston Classic, Foremost Insurance Championship, Bank One Senior Championship, Vantage Championship.

2001 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; top-10 finishes - 17; scoring average 69.91 (ranked 6th); money $2,109,936 (ranked 4th); winner, MasterCard Championship, Royal Caribbean Classic, FleetBoston Classic, Farmers Charity Classic, SBC Championship.

2002 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; top-10 finishes - 11; scoring average 70.09 (ranked 9th); money $1,143,224 (ranked 18th); best finish, 2nd TD Waterhouse Championship. Was the first time he hasn't recorded a Champions Tour victory since joining the tour in 1997.

2003 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered -24; top 10 finishes -11; stroke average 69.82 (ranked 7th); money $1,365,973 (ranked 8th); Best finish, Win Constellation Energy Classic.

2004 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 25; top 10 finishes - 11; stroke average 70.62 (ranked 15th); money $1,428,224 (ranked 6th); Best finish, Won FedEx Kinko's Classic & Administaff Small Business Classic.

2005 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 19; top 10 finishes - 2; stroke average 71.79 (ranked 46th); money $349,986 (ranked 47th); Best finish, T-5th FORD SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.

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