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Larry Nelson

  • Birthplace: Fort Payne, AL
  • Residence: Marietta, GA
  • Birth Date: 09/10/1947
  • Age: 62
  • Height: 5-9
  • Eligibility Code: 2, 4, 6, 8, 19, 20
  • Turned Pro: 1971

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PGA TOUR Victories

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

International Victories

(3): 1999 Chrysler Senior Match Play Challenge. 2004 Office Dept Father/Son Challenge [with Drew]. 2007 Del Webb Father/Son Challenge [with Josh].

Other Victories

(5): 1978 Georgia Open. 1980 Tokai Classic. 1983 Dunlop International Open. 1989 Suntory Open. 1991 Dunlop Phoenix.

2010 Champions Tour Money and Position

$104,704 (39)

2010 Champions Tour Best Finishes

T8-- Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

Champions Tour Best Round

61 at Round 2, Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Jackie Gleason-Inverrary Classic, Western Open, Atlanta Classic, Greater Greensboro Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Open Championship, Walt Disney World Golf Classic, PGA Championship, Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic, Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic.

2009 Season Highlights

Runner-up finish at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am was his best on the Champions Tour since winning the 2004 Administaff Small Business Classic. Was the first-round leader after firing a 6-under 65 and again held the lead early on the back nine Sunday. Eventually fell two strokes short of Nick Price after playing the last six holes at TPC Tampa Bay in 1-over...Added a second top-10 finish to his resume in September when he was T9 at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn...Finished seventh at the Japan Senior Open in November.

Career Highlights

2008: Made just 16 appearances due to problems with his left hand. Subsequent surgery kept him out of action for three months during the summer. Played at The Principal Charity Classic in early June and then did not play again until late August at the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach...Early in the year, teamed with Jim Thorpe for a T7 at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf...Best individual effort was a T14 at The Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach in late March. 2007: Best performance of the season came at the U.S. Senior Open, where he was T11 at Whistling Straits...Capped year with victory in the Del Webb Father/Son Challenge with son Josh. Win near Orlando made him the second father (Raymond Floyd) to claim title with two different sons. 2006: Inducted into World Golf Hall of Game in November...Best event was a T4 at the JELD-WEN Tradition...Also T6 at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah...Made a hole-in-one on hole No. 8 in the third round of the Ford Senior Players Championship. Used a 6-iron on the 171-yard hole for his first ace on the Champions Tour after making four on the PGA TOUR. 2005: T5 at the Ford Senior Players Championship, thanks, in part, to rounds of 67-69 on the weekend near Detroit. 2004: Pocketed over $1.4 million in earnings, the most in one year since the 2001 season when he went over $2 million...Earned his 19th career Champions Tour title at the Administaff Small Business Classic near Houston in October. Matched the largest come-from-behind win of the season when he rallied from seven strokes back with a final-round 64, which included 10 birdies. Eventually defeated Hale Irwin with birdie on the first playoff hole for the victory at Augusta Pines. Win was his fourth overall title in the state of Texas and second of the year in the Lone Star State...Was victorious in May in Austin at the FedEx Kinko's Classic, a one-stroke triumph over Bruce Lietzke at The Hills CC. After an opening-round, 1-over-par 73, followed with rounds of 69-67 and his final round was bogey-free...Was also second to Mark McNulty at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am when he made birdie on the final hole near Tampa...Also second to Gil Morgan by two strokes at the SBC Classic despite shooting three straight 68s at Valencia. 2003: Earned his first victory since October 2001 at the Constellation Energy Classic in mid-September. Forged a two-stroke victory over Doug Tewell and Jim Dent at Hayfields CC near Baltimore after being the 36-hole co-leader with Jay Sigel. Trailed at one point on the back nine before making a critical birdie on the 16th hole to tie Tewell. Pulled away on the final two holes when Tewell bogeyed both 17 and 18. Victory in Maryland was worth $225,000 and pushed him past the $1 million mark in single-season earnings for the sixth consecutive year. Win also propelled him to September Player of the Month honors...Battled Fuzzy Zoeller and eventual winner Dana Quigley down the stretch in the season-opening MasterCard Championship before eventually finishing second...Was also second at the Toshiba Senior Classic, finishing four strokes behind Rodger Davis. Helped his cause with a second-round 64...At the Emerald Coast Classic in April, finished as a runner-up-the third time that occurred in his first seven starts of the season. Ended four strokes back of Bob Gilder despite playing his last 36 holes at The Moors without making a bogey...Late in the season, held the 36-hole lead at the inaugural Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn, but finished second after a final-round 70...Had a penchant for going low several times in the first half of the year. Shot 64 in both the second rounds of the MasterCard Championship and Toshiba Senior Classic before matching his Champions Tour career-best round for a seventh time with a 7-under 63 on the final day of the Columbus Southern Open, his lowest score since the final day of the 2001 SBC Championship in San Antonio. 2002: Two best events came in back-to-back starts during May. Was the 36-hole leader at the Bruno's Memorial Classic, but slipped to third, one stroke out of playoff contention, after a final-round 70 at Greystone...Backed up Birmingham performance with a solo second effort at the rain-shortened TD Waterhouse Championship. 2001: Eclipsed the $2-million mark in earnings for a second straight year and again led the Champions Tour in official victories with five...Claimed the first two events of the season-the MasterCard Championship by one stroke over Jim Thorpe and the Royal Caribbean Classic by one point over Isao Aoki. Became the first player to win the first two tournaments in a season since Don January did so in 1981...Added a third victory in late June by defending his title at the FleetBoston Classic (by three strokes over Bruce Fleisher), the fifth player in the history of the Boston event to win in successive years. Defended again at the Farmers Charity Classic in Michigan, nipping Jim Ahern by one shot for his fourth victory of the season...Picked up his fifth win late in the campaign at the SBC Championship, defeating Bob Gilder and Gary McCord by two strokes. 54-hole total of 17-under-par 199 at The Dominion was a tournament record...Matched the low round of his career when he fired a second-round 63 at the Toshiba Senior Classic and also carded 63 in the final round of the SBC Championship. 2000: Voted by his peers as the winner of the Jack Nicklaus Award, symbolizing the Champions Tour's Player of the Year...Earned $2,708,005, the third-highest money total in Champions Tour history at the time, and claimed the Arnold Palmer Award as the leading money-winner on the Champions Tour. Averaged $90,267 per start over 30 appearances, thanks to a season-best six victories that included four wins in his final eight starts...His 32 consecutive par/better rounds was a record at the time...Won by five over Hale Irwin and Bruce Fleisher at the Las Vegas Senior Classic...Second win came near St. Louis when he posted a three-stroke victory over Tom Watson at the Boone Valley Classic, thanks to a dramatic eagle on the 17th hole... Was 4-under-par over his last nine holes at Nashawtuc and claimed the FleetBoston Classic by four over Jim Thorpe...Cruised to a wire-to-wire victory the following week and beat Dave Stockton by three strokes at the Foremost Insurance Championship in Grand Rapids. His 18-under 198 total at Egypt Valley included a course-record 63 on the final day...Took the lead in the money race for good when he edged Bill Brask and Jim Thorpe by a stroke at the Bank One Senior Championship in Dallas...Went on to best Gil Morgan and Jim Dent in a six-hole playoff at the Vantage Championship...Set Champions Tour standards for Rounds in the 60s (59/breaking Bruce Fleisher's old mark of 56 in 1999)...Raised eyebrows when he fired a 12-under-par 58 (29-29-58) in the Thursday Pro-Am at the Kroger Senior Classic (missed 15-footer on the last hole for 57). 1999: Bothered by a herniated disc in his neck at several points during the year, but still won multiple official titles...Thwarted Bruce Fleisher's attempt at winning a third straight Champions Tour start when he prevailed by two strokes at the GTE Classic near Tampa...Birdied three of his last seven holes to edge Dana Quigley for the Bruno's Memorial Classic title near Birmingham. 1998: Won three times in his first full year on the Champions Tour and lost two other events in playoffs...Initial victory came at the American Express Invitational in Sarasota...Opened with a sizzling 9-under 63 and cruised to a wire-to-wire, four-stroke win over Dave Stockton...Registered another easy start-to-finish win at the Pittsburgh Senior Classic. After building a Champions Tour record-tying eight-stroke lead after 36 holes, waltzed to a five-shot triumph over Bob Duval at Sewickley Heights...Used a pair of 65s on the weekend to ease past Graham Marsh for the Boone Valley Classic title near St. Louis. 1997: Made his Champions Tour debut at the Boone Valley Classic, just two days after turning 50, and T16...Best effort was a T2 in his second career start at the Comfort Classic.


Didn't begin playing golf until returning from his military service in Vietnam. Got his instruction from reading Ben Hogan's book, The Five Fundamentals of Golf...Broke 100 the first time he played and broke 70 within nine months...Active in golf course design, with 12 courses open for play worldwide...Has two sons who are aspiring golfers-Drew, his oldest, has played on the Hooters Tour, and Josh graduated from Auburn...Was a pitcher/shortstop for a Georgia Colt League championship team as a youngster...Missed seven weeks during the summer of 1998 with a herniated disc near his neck...Underwent surgery to repair cartilage damage and the removal of a cyst on his right wrist in February 2005 in Orlando, FL.

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