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Nelsons win Father-Son Challenge

| Monday, Dec. 6, 2004

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Larry and Drew Nelson closed with eight straight birdies for a 13-under-par 59, rallying from a two-stroke deficit on the back nine for a tournament record-tying 25-under total to win the Father-Son Challenge on Sunday.

Bob and David Charles made nine straight birdies, starting at the second, to take a two-stroke lead early on the back nine at ChampionsGate Resort before fading, finishing second at 22 under.

"There wasn't any desperation, but it did get our attention," said Drew Nelson, 28. "They birdied nine out of (the first) 10, which kind of blew me away."

Three-time major winner Larry Nelson, paired in the past with sons Josh or Drew, won the event for the first time in 10 tries. His previous best finish was third in 2003.

"You make eight birdies in a row, you are going to catch some people," Larry Nelson said. "Ten tries, yes, it never gets any easier. Today, it was nice to follow up a good round with a better round."

Bob Charles said he and his son couldn't sustain their early run.

"We certainly had some momentum going with nine in a row," the 68-year-old Charles said.

Vijay Singh and 14-year-old son, Qass, closed with a 62 and finished tied for ninth.

Arnold Palmer and grandson Sam Saunders finished in a tie for 12th at 14-under. Also tied for 12th was the pairing of Lee Janzen and Aaron Stewart, son of the late PGA Tour star Payne Stewart.

Golf

  • Six months from high school graduation, Paula Creamer earned her LPGA Tour card yesterday by closing with a 2-under 70 for a five-shot victory in the qualifying tournament. The 18-year-old Creamer entered qualifying school as an amateur and waited until the end of the week to figure out what she was going to do. The decision became simple at LPGA International where she hovered around the lead all week and pulled away in the final two rounds.

    Baseball

  • Carl Pavano met with Yankees officials and Reggie Jackson this weekend, then was scheduled to travel to Baltimore to meet with the Orioles. The free agent right-hander went to Yankee Stadium on Saturday to meet with team trainers and video personnel, then had dinner in Manhattan with Yankees president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman and assistant GM Jean Afterman. Jackson, a Yankees Hall of Famer, attended part of the dinner.

    Horse racing

  • Successfully Sweet held on over the final yards yesterday, and beat Seeking the Ante by a head in the $80,775 East View Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct. It was the third straight win in four career starts for Successfully Sweet, who was ridden by Ariel Smith and carried 116 pounds.

    Winter sports

  • Benjamin Raich of Austria held off teammate Rainer Schoenfelder and Giorgio Rocca of Italy yesterday to win the first slalom of the World Cup season, while overall leader Bode Miller skied out for a second straight race. Raich, second after the first run, had a two-run time of 1 minute, 51.06 seconds, edging Rocca by 0.21. Schoenfelder, the defending World Cup slalom champion and the first-run leader, struggled on his second run and finished third in 1:51.55.

  • Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria cut through falling snow to win the first women's World Cup super giant slalom of the season yesterday. Dorfmeister finished in 1 minute, 16.24 seconds. Teammate Renate Goetschl was second in 1:16.39, followed by Lindsey Kildow of the United States in 1:16.64. The super-G wrapped up a weekend of racing that also featured two downhills.

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