Golf Legends Team up with Family for Annual Del Webb Father/Son Challenge

Del Webb Father/Son ChallengeORLANDO - When many of golf's greatest legends team up with their sons for the annual Del Webb Father/Son Challenge at ChampionsGate in Orlando this December, two first-year players in the field will be renewing a rivalry that took on a greater dimension this past summer.

Nick Faldo, teamed with his son Matthew, and Paul Azinger, paired with the late Payne Stewart's son Aaron, will join a field that features many of the greatest living legends in golf just three short months after the two opposed each other as captains of their respective Ryder Cup teams. In that competition, the United States team was able to reclaim the cup after an eight year drought.

"Obviously the Ryder Cup was a thrill for me and the entire U.S. team, but this will be a thrill of a much more personal nature, being able to play as a team with Payne's son, Aaron, against so many great players," said Azinger. "We're looking forward to both families spending time together during tournament week, enjoying each other's company, and being a part of what I think is a very special tradition in golf."

In addition to Faldo and Azinger, who will both be playing in the popular ‘Challenge Season' event for the first time, fans have the rare opportunity to see many of the greatest legends in the game's history on the same golf course at the Del Webb Father/Son Challenge. Those legends include Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and the 2008 FedEx Cup Champion on the PGA Tour, Vijay Singh.

The event returns to the International Course, which was designed by Norman, for the fifth consecutive year on Dec. 4 - 7. The quality of the field is assured by the fact that in order to be invited, the father has to have won one of golf's four major championships or The PLAYERS Championship.

Del Webb Father/Son ChallengeBesides the lucrative $1.085 million purse, the teams also play to win the prestigious Willie Park Trophy, which is based upon the original championship prize awarded at the British Open in 1860. The trophy, a red leather belt with sterling silver accents, similar to the belts awarded in modern times to boxing champions, was named after Park in honor of being the first winner of the Open Championship, the world's oldest golf championship.

The host venue, ChampionsGate Resort, is the world headquarters for the David Leadbetter Academy, one of the nation's most sophisticated learning facilities for men, women and children. ChampionsGate Golf Resort has already received honorable mention by Golf Magazine on the publications list of "10 Most Distinctive Places to Play in the Country."

Tickets for the Del Webb Father/Son Challenge are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at (407) 787-GOLF or by visiting www.delwebbfatherson.com.

Fans across the country can also take in the action as NBC broadcasts the Del Webb Father/Son Challenge nationally on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET and Sunday, Dec. 7 from 3 - 6 p.m. ET.

2008 Father/Son Challenge Teams

- Paul Azinger/Aaron Stewart
- Billy & Bob Casper
- Nick & Matthew Faldo
- Raymond & Raymond Floyd, Jr.
- Hale & Steve Irwin
- Tom & David Kite
- Bernhard & Stefan Langer
- Tom & Thomas Lehman
- Davis Love III and Dru Love
- Larry & Drew Nelson
- Jack Nicklaus & Jack Nicklaus II
- Greg & Gregory Norman
- Mark & Shaun O'Meara
- Arnold Palmer & Sam Saunders
- Vijay & Qass Singh
- Craig & Chris Stadler
- Curtis & David Strange
- Lee & Daniel Trevino 

 

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