Irwin, son close with 11-under 61

12/7/2003 - Hale Irwin

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Hale and Steve Irwin closed with an
11-under 61 to hold off a late scare from Jack and Jackie Nicklaus
and win the Father-Son Challenge on Sunday.

The Irwins, a runner-up three times in this tournament, made
birdie on two of the last three holes in a scramble format and
finished at 21-under 123. They won $200,000 and the Willie Park

''After coming so close several times, we're happy to finally
win this,'' Hale Irwin said.

The Nicklauses each had a 15-foot eagle putt to force a playoff
on the final hole at ChampionsGate Golf Resort, and both thought
they made it. They had to settle for a 62 and finished at 20-under

''Jackie's putts looked like it was going in until right at the
end,'' Nicklaus said. ''Mine, a foot from the hole, was dead center
but then it dove sharply to the right. It was fun to be right in
the hunt at the end.''

Larry and Jose Nelson had a 62 and finished third at 125.

Defending champions Craig and Kevin Stadler tied for fourth
along with Tom and David Kite; first-round leaders Bernhard and
Stefan Langer; and Vijay and Qass Singh.

Langer's and Singh's sons were among four 13-year-olds in the
field of 16.

The Office Depot Father-Son Challenge is for major championship
winners and their sons. The tournament made an exception for Arnold
Palmer, allowing him to play with his grandson because Palmer has
two daughters.

Palmer and 16-year-old Sam Saunders finished 12th.