Father/Son Challenge

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The Father/Son Challenge is an annual golf tournament for two-player teams, consisting of PGA Tour and Champions Tour golfers and (usually) their sons. It is played over two days (36 holes) for the Willie Park Trophy, in memory of the father and son British Open champions Willie Park Snr and Willie Park Jnr. The field of twenty teams plays a scramble format. In 2012 the prize fund was $1,000,000; the tournament is jointly owned by IMG and NBC Sports.

The fathers need to have won a major championship or The Players Championship (often called the "fifth major"[1][2]) to be eligible for an invitation. The junior team members range from middle school age up, and sometimes include a few with tour golf careers of their own, but cannot be a touring professional at the time of the tournament.

Venues have been as follows:

The event's name took on a somewhat looser interpretation when Fuzzy Zoeller teamed up with his daughter Gretchen in 2005. In 2013 and 2016, Bernhard Langer played with his daughter Christina, and in 2013, Arnold Palmer played with his grandson Sam Saunders.

Winners[edit]

PNC Father-Son Challenge
Del Webb Father/Son Challenge
MBNA WorldPoints Father/Son Challenge
Office Depot Father/Son Challenge
The flags represent the nationalities of the fathers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crouse, Karen (May 7, 2013). "Men’s Fifth Major May Remain Mythical". The New York Times. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Burke, Monte (May 9, 2012). "The Players Championship Is Not The "5th Major," But It's Still A Great Tournament". Forbes. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Father/Son Challenge returns with PNC as sponsor". PGA Tour. March 24, 2012. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 28°24′14″N 81°25′59″W / 28.404°N 81.433°W / 28.404; -81.433