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Encyclopedia > Larry Nelson

Larry (Gene) Nelson (born September 10, 1947 in Fort Payne, Alabama) is an American golfer. Fort Payne is a city located in DeKalb County, Alabama. ... Golfer teeing off at the start of a hole Golf is a sport where individual players or teams hit a small ball into a hole using various clubs. ...

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Unusually for a successful professional golfer Nelson didn't play the game as a child, but only began to do so at the age of 21 after he returned from military service in Vietnam, taking his instruction from Ben Hogan's book The Five Fundamentals of Golf. He soon found he had a talent for golf, breaking 100 the first time he played and 70 within nine months. He went on to graduate from Kennesaw Junior College in 1970 and turned professional the following year. He qualified for the PGA Tour at 27. His breakthrough year came in 1979 when he won twice and finished second in the money list to Tom Watson. Ben Hogan (August 13, 1912 - July 25, 1997) was a professional golf player. ... Kennesaw State University , located on 186 acres in Kennesaw, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, is a public university with 18,000 students. ... There are at least four notable people called Tom Watson Tom Watson, the golfer Tom Watson, manager of Liverpool F.C. from 1896 to 1915 Tom Watson, the British politician Thomas E. Watson, the American Populist leader This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that...


Nelson was to win ten times on the PGA Tour, of which three, a high proportion, were major championships. His major first was the 1981 PGA Championship which he won by four strokes. In 1983 he was victorious at the U.S. Open coming from seven behind at the half-way point, and scoring an outstanding 132 aggregate for the last 36 holes to beat Tom Watson by one. In 1987 he finished tied with Lanny Wadkins after the regulation 72 holes of PGA Championship, and won the title with a par at the first playoff hole. The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in mens professional golf. ... // The PGA Championship is an annual golf tournament, conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA TOUR. The PGA Championship is one of the four Major Championships in mens golf, and it is the golf seasons final major, being played in August. ... The United States Open Championship is an annual mens golf tournament staged by the United States Golf Association each June. ... Lanny Wadkins (born December 5, 1949 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American golfer. ...


Nelson played on the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1979, 1981, 1987. He also won four tournaments in Japan. Since turning fifty in 1997 Nelson has had a successful Champions Tour career, although he has not won a senior major. He is also active in golf course design. The Ryder Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in an event officially called the Ryder Cup Matches by teams from Europe and the United States. ... The Champions Tour, a golf tour run by the PGA TOUR, hosts 30 events annually in the United States and Canada for golfers 50 and older. ... Mens professional senior golf is for players aged fifty and above. ...


PGA Tour wins

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

Nelson's major championship are shown in bold. The Honda Classic is a PGA Tour golf tournament which is played each March in Florida. ... The Western Open is the second oldest professional golf tournament in the United States after the U.S. Open. ... // The PGA Championship is an annual golf tournament, conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA TOUR. The PGA Championship is one of the four Major Championships in mens golf, and it is the golf seasons final major, being played in August. ... The United States Open Championship is an annual mens golf tournament staged by the United States Golf Association each June. ... // The PGA Championship is an annual golf tournament, conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA TOUR. The PGA Championship is one of the four Major Championships in mens golf, and it is the golf seasons final major, being played in August. ...


Other regular career wins

The Japan Golf Tour is a prominent golf tour. ... The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is an annual off season golf tournament contested by the winners of the four major championships of regular mens golf, which are The Masters, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship (British Open), and the PGA Championship. ... The Dunlop Phoenix is an annual event on the Japan Golf Tour. ...

Champions Tour wins

  • 1998 American Express Invitational, Pittsburgh Senior Classic, Boone Valley Classic
  • 1999 GTE Classic, Bruno's Memorial Classic
  • 2000 Las Vegas Senior Classic, Boone Valley Classic, FleetBoston Classic, Foremost Insurance Championship, Bank One Senior Championship, Vantage Championship
  • 2001 MasterCard Championship, Royal Caribbean Classic, FleetBoston Classic, Farmers Charity Classic, SBC Championship
  • 2003 Constellation Energy Classic
  • 2004 FedEx Kinko's Classic, Administaff Small Business Classic presented by KBR

Other senior career wins

  • 1999 Chrysler Senior Match Play Challenge

External links

  • Profile on the PGA Tour's official site
  • Golf Stars Online - links to features and profiles

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David Larry Nelson #878 (4190 words)
Nelson was also convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole for the fatal shooting the night before of Birmingham cab driver James Cash.
The aggravating circumstances were: (1) that Nelson had previously been convicted of murder in the second degree; and (2) that this present offense was committed in the course of the commission of a felony, specifically, robbery.
Nelson then petitioned the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama for a writ of habeas corpus, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. That court conditionally granted the petition unless the State afforded Nelson a new sentencing hearing.
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Nelson's pre-season expectations had been tempered by nagging neck and arm injuries (from a herniated disc) during his first two seasons on the Senior Tour.
Although Larry had considered Gayle "perfect" for as long as he had known her, he saw an even greater change in Gayle after she began walking with Christ.
When Nelson started repeating victories in 2000, the questions were for the most part about a change in Nelson's diet.
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