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Nicklauses Win Father-Son


Jack Nicklaus made a 10-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff as Nicklaus and son Gary beat Raymond and Robert Floyd in the Father-Son Challenge on Sunday.

It was Jack Nicklaus' first victory since the 1996 Tradition on the Senior PGA Tour. The Nicklauses won $150,000 in the $860,000 tournament at TwinEagles Golf & Country Club. The Floyds won $100,000.

"That's what golf's all about," Raymond Floyd said of the finish, where the Floyds birdied or eagled six of the last seven holes they played. "That's what stimulates people."

On the third playoff hole, the par-4 No. 18, the Floyds had an 18-foot birdie putt, but both missed, with Raymond's sliding by the edge of the cup. Jack Nicklaus, putting first, then drained a downhill 10-footer for the win. Nicklaus, 59, raised both hands in the air, then embraced his 30-year-old son.

"Special to win, especially special to win with your son," the elder Nicklaus rejoiced.

"Jack putted like he was in his 20s," Raymond Floyd said.

Jack and son Jack II designed the Talon Course. Gary Nicklaus, who qualified for his 2000 PGA Tour card last month, replaced his brother, who is recovering from a broken heel, in the field.

The Floyds and Nicklauses ended regulation with matching 59s and 119 totals. Craig and Kevin Stadler, who finished second last year, were third at 20-under 124. The tournament, which is played under a scramble format, features 16 teams of fathers and sons, with the father needing a PGA Tour major win to qualify.

The Floyds won the event its first three years, with Raymond Jr. playing with his father. The Nicklauses finished third in 1997 and seventh in 1996.

This year, Tom Kite and 15-year-old son David were fourth at 19-under 125, followed by Jerry and 19-year-old Wesley Pate. First-round leaders Hale and Steve Irwin shot a 68 to tie for sixth at 127 with Dave and Ron Stockton and defending champions Bob and David Charles.

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