Who's who: Larry Nelson

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Who's who: Larry Nelson

  • Name:

    Larry Gene Nelson
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    Sept 10, 1947 in Fort Payne, Alabama.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1971

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (3): US PGA Championship (1981, 1987); US Open (1983). Ryder Cup player: (1979, '81, '87). PGA Tour wins (10); Champions Tour wins (17).

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Former PGA Tour and PGA Champions Tour player.

Top tournaments won by Larry Nelson

2008
America
123 (-21)
$210,000
Del-Webb

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

123 (-21)

Prize money

$210,000

Title sponsor

Del-Webb

Played as the Del Webb Father/Son Challenge (Dec 6-7; post-season 36-hole scramble event; next played in 2012). Second-placed Davis Love III & Davis "Dru" Love IV (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champions Larry & Drew Nelson (USA). [International course, ChampionsGate Resort, Orlando, FL].

2007
America
120 (-24)
$200,000
Del-Webb

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

120 (-24)

Prize money

$200,000

Title sponsor

Del-Webb

Played as the Del-Webb Father/Son Challenge (Dec 1/2; post-season 36-hole scramble event). Second-placed Bob & Kevin Tway (USA) finished 2 shots behind Larry & Josh Nelson (USA). [International course, ChampionsGate Resort, Orlando, FL].

2004
America
Hills CC, TX
209 (-7)
$240,000
Fedex Kinko's

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

Hills CC, TX

Score

209 (-7)

Prize money

$240,000

Title sponsor

Fedex Kinko's

Played as the FedEx Kinko's Classic (May 7-9). Second-placed Bruce Lietzke (USA) finished 1 shot behind Nelson (USA). [The Hills CC, Hills of Lakeway, Austin, TX].

2004
America
202 (-14)
$240,000
Administaff

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

202 (-14)

Prize money

$240,000

Title sponsor

Administaff

Played as the inaugural Administaff Small Business Classic presented by KBR (Oct 8-10). Nelson (USA) beat Hale Irwin (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole to record the last of his 19 Champions Tour wins. [Augusta Pines GC, Spring, Texas].

2004
America
119 (-25)
$200,000
Office Depot

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

119 (-25)

Prize money

$200,000

Title sponsor

Office Depot

Played as the Office Depot Father/Son Challenge (Dec 4/5; post-season 36-hole scramble event). Second-placed Bob & David Charles (NZ) finished 3 shots behind Larry & Drew Nelson (USA). [International course, ChampionsGate Resort, Orlando, FL].

2003
America
Hayfields CC
207 (-9)
$225,000
Constellation Energy

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

Hayfields CC

Score

207 (-9)

Prize money

$225,000

Title sponsor

Constellation Energy

Played as the Constellation Energy Classic (Sept 12-14; formerly Greater Baltimore Classic). Second-placed Jim Dent (USA) and Doug Tewell (USA) finished 2 shots behind Nelson (USA). [Hayfields CC, Cockeysville, nr Baltimore, MD].

2001
America
Egypt Valley CC
202 (-14)
$210,000
Farmers

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

Egypt Valley CC

Score

202 (-14)

Prize money

$210,000

Title sponsor

Farmers

Played as the Farmers Charity Classic (July 6-8). Second-placed Jim Ahern (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Nelson (USA). [Egypt Valley CC, Ada, nr Grand Rapids, Michigan].

2001
America
29 pts
$210,000
Royal Caribbn

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

29 pts

Prize money

$210,000

Title sponsor

Royal Caribbn

Played as the Royal Caribbean Classic (Feb 2-4; played on a modified stableford basis). Second-placed Vicente Fernandez (Arg) finished 1 point behind Nelson (USA). [Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne, nr Miami, FL; at the time known as Crandon Pk GC].

2001
America
201 (-15)
$210,000
FleetBoston

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

201 (-15)

Prize money

$210,000

Title sponsor

FleetBoston

Played as the FleetBoston Classic (June 22-24). Second-placed Bruce Fleisher (USA) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Nelson (USA). [Nashawtuc CC, Concord, Massachusetts].

2001
America
197 (-19)
$240,000
MasterCard

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

197 (-19)

Prize money

$240,000

Title sponsor

MasterCard

Played as the MasterCard Championship (Jan 18-21; Snr PGA Tour season-opener). Second-placed Jim Thorpe (USA) finished 1 shot behind Nelson (USA). [Hualālai course, Hualālai Resort, Big Island, Hawaii].

2001
America
Dominion CC
199 (-17)
$210,000
SBC

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

Dominion CC

Score

199 (-17)

Prize money

$210,000

Title sponsor

SBC

Played as the SBC Championship (Oct 19-21). Second-placed Bob Gilder (USA) and Gary McCord (USA) finished 2 shots behind Nelson (USA). [Dominion CC, San Antonio, Texas].

2000
Awards
x
n/a
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

Nelson (USA) won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the Senior PGA Tour Player of the Year, based on the votes of his peers.

2000
America
203 (-13)
$195,000
FleetBoston

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

203 (-13)

Prize money

$195,000

Title sponsor

FleetBoston

Played as the FleetBoston Classic (Aug 25-27). Second-placed Jim Thorpe (USA) finished 4 shots behind Nelson (USA). [Nashawtuc CC, Concord, Massachusetts].

2000
America
Bent Tree CC, TX
203 (-13)
$210,000
Bank One

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

Bent Tree CC, TX

Score

203 (-13)

Prize money

$210,000

Title sponsor

Bank One

Played as the Bank One Senior Championship (Sept 22-24). Second-placed Bill Brask (USA) and Jim Thorpe (USA) finished 6 shots behind Nelson (USA). [Bent Tree CC, Dallas, Texas].

2000
America
Boone Valley
200 (-16)
$225,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

Boone Valley

Score

200 (-16)

Prize money

$225,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Boone Valley Classic (May 26-28). Second-placed Tom Watson (USA) finished 3 shots behind Nelson (USA). [Boone Valley GC, Augusta, nr St Louis, Missouri].

2000
America
Egypt Valley CC
198 (-18)
$165,000
Foremost Ins.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

Egypt Valley CC

Score

198 (-18)

Prize money

$165,000

Title sponsor

Foremost Ins.

Played as the Foremost Insurance Championship (Sept 1-3). Second-placed Dave Stockton (USA) finished 3 shots behind Nelson (USA), who won on the Snr PGA Tour for the second straight week. [Egypt Valley CC, Ada, nr Grand Rapids, Michigan].

2000
America
197 (-19)
$210,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

197 (-19)

Prize money

$210,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Las Vegas Senior Classic (April 21-23). Second-placed Hale Irwin (USA) and Bruce Fleisher (USA) finished 5 shots behind Nelson (USA). [TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada].

2000
America
Tanglewood, NC
198 (-12)
$225,000
Vantage

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

Tanglewood, NC

Score

198 (-12)

Prize money

$225,000

Title sponsor

Vantage

Played as the Vantage Championship (Sep 29-Oct 1). Nelson (USA) beat Gil Morgan (USA) with a birdie at the sixth playoff hole; Jim Dent (USA) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Championship course, Tanglewood Golf, Clemmons, nr Winston-Salem, NC].

2000
Awards
$2,708,005
see Score
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

Score

$2,708,005

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

Nelson (USA) won the Arnold Palmer Award as the Senior PGA Tour 2000 leading money winner, with earnings of $2,708,005 on the Tour. Bruce Fleisher (USA) was second with $2,373,977; Hale Irwin (USA) was third with $2,128,968.

1999
America
Greystone G&CC
205 (-11)
$180,000
Bruno's

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

Greystone G&CC

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

$180,000

Title sponsor

Bruno's

Played as Bruno's Memorial Classic (Apr 30-May 2). Second-placed Dana Quigley (USA) finished 1 shot behind Nelson (USA), who recorded his fifth Snr PGA Tour win. [Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Alabama].

1999
America
205 (-8)
$180,000
GTE

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

205 (-8)

Prize money

$180,000

Title sponsor

GTE

Played as the GTE Classic (Feb 19-21). Second-placed Bruce Fleisher (USA) finished 2 shots behind Nelson (USA). [TPC Tampa Bay, Lutz, nr Tampa, FL].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

3 & 2

Prize money

$240,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Senior Match Play Challenge (Nov 13/14; unofficial Snr PGA Tr post-season event). Nelson (USA) beat Tom Jenkins (USA) 3 and 2 in the final. [East course, TPC Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico; at the time known as Dorado Beach Resort].].

1998
America
Sewickley Heights
204 (-12)
$165,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

Sewickley Heights

Score

204 (-12)

Prize money

$165,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Pittsburgh Senior Classic (May 29-31). Second-placed Bob Duval (USA) finished 5 shots behind Nelson (USA). [Sewickley Heights GC, Sewickley, Pennsylvania].

1998
America
TPC Prestancia
203 (-13)
$180,000
Amex

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

TPC Prestancia

Score

203 (-13)

Prize money

$180,000

Title sponsor

Amex

Played as the American Express Invitational (Feb 20-22). Second-placed Dave Stockton (USA) finished 4 shots behind first-time Senior PGA Tour winner Nelson (USA). [TPC Prestancia, Sarasota, Florida].

1998
America
Boone Valley
200 (-16)
$195,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

Boone Valley

Score

200 (-16)

Prize money

$195,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Boone Valley Classic (Sept 25-27). Second-placed Graham Marsh (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Nelson (USA). [Boone Valley GC, Augusta, nr St Louis, Missouri].

1991
Japan
276 (-12)
¥36million
Dunlop

Category

Japan

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

¥36million

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (Nov 21-24; Japan Tr event). Nelson (USA) beat Isao Aoki (Jpn) with a par-three at the fourth playoff hole. Jay Don Blake (USA) was eliminated at the first playoff hole, Seve Ballesteros (Esp) at the third. Nelson's first prize equated to US$227,000. [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].

1988
America
Atlanta CC
268 (-20)
$126,000
Georgia-Pacific

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

Atlanta CC

Score

268 (-20)

Prize money

$126,000

Title sponsor

Georgia-Pacific

Played as the Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic (June 23-26). Second-placed Chip Beck (USA) finished 1 shot behind Nelson (USA), who recorded the last of his ten PGA Tour wins. [Atlanta CC, Marietta, Georgia].

1988
America
Kemper Lakes
69 (-3)
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

Kemper Lakes

Score

69 (-3)

Prize money

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Grand Slam of Golf (May 30; unofficial event for the previous year's four Major winners). Second-placed Larry Mize (The Masters) and Scott Simpson (US Open) finished 1 shot behind Nelson (US PGA). Fourth was Greg Norman (alternate for Open Champion Nick Faldo). [Kemper Lakes GC, Kildeer, nr Chicago, Illinois].

1987
America
268 (-20)
$108,000
Oldsmobile

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

268 (-20)

Prize money

$108,000

Title sponsor

Oldsmobile

Played as the Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic (Oct 15-18). Second-placed Morris Hatalsky (USA) and Mark O'Meara (USA) finished 1 shot behind Nelson (USA). [Magnolia course, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL. Earlier rounds also played on the Palm course].

1987
Majors
287 (-1)
$150,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

287 (-1)

Prize money

$150,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (69th) (Aug 6-9). Nelson (USA) beat Lanny Wadkins (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole (par-4 10th), to claim his second PGA Championship title and third major championship win. [Champion course, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gdns, FL].

1984
America
266 (-22)
$72,000
Disney World

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

266 (-22)

Prize money

$72,000

Title sponsor

Disney World

Played as the Walt Disney World Golf Classic (Oct 18-21). Second-placed Hubert Green (USA) finished 1 shot behind Nelson (USA). [Magnolia course, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL. Earlier rounds also played on the Palm course].

1983
Majors
280 (-4)
$72,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

280 (-4)

Prize money

$72,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (83rd) (June 16-20). Second-placed Tom Watson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Nelson (USA), who recorded his second major championship win. [Oakmont CC, nr Pittsburgh, PA].

1981
America
Forest Oaks CC
281 (-7)
$54,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

Forest Oaks CC

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$54,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (April 2-5). Nelson (USA) beat Mark Hayes (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, NC].

1981
Majors
273 (-7)
$60,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

273 (-7)

Prize money

$60,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (63rd) (Aug 6-9). Second-placed Fuzzy Zoeller (USA) finished 4 shots behind first-time major championship winner Nelson (USA). [Highlands course, Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Atlanta, GA].

1980
America
Atlanta CC
270 (-18)
$54,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Venue

Atlanta CC

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

$54,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Atlanta Classic (June 5-8). Second-placed Don Pooley (USA) and defending champion Andy Bean (USA) finished 7 shots behind Nelson (USA). [Atlanta CC, Marietta, Georgia].

1979
America
274 (-14)
$54,000
Jackie Gleason

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$54,000

Title sponsor

Jackie Gleason

Played as Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic (March 8-11). Second-placed Grier Jones (USA) finished 3 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Nelson (USA). Jones also finished runner-up in this event in 1978. [East course, Inverrary CC, Ft Lauderdale, FL].

1979
America
286 (-2)
$54,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Larry

Score

286 (-2)

Prize money

$54,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Western Open. Nelson (USA) beat Ben Crenshaw (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Butler National GC, Oak Brook, IL].

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