The Father/Son is one reason why we love Silly Season and hate to see it end, especially when a great team like Davis and Dru Love win it over formidable former champions Josh and Larry Nelson with a birdie by young Dru Love at 18.
The Father /Son is considered a near major in many households. In families where there is more than one golf-playing child, the decision of who to play can be one of the most important all year. The Nicklaus sons used to hold a qualifying tournament and the winner got to play with dad. The Floyd sons Robert and Raymond, Jr., have rotated slots in the event as have the Nelson sons Drew and Josh. Arnold Palmer is now on his second grandson as a partner, having replaced professional Sam Saunders with LaTrobe high school senior Will Wears.
It’s great to see this tournament return after a three-year absence just to see professionals playing golf with their sons and daughters. The two female entrants this year were Gretchen Zoeller (Fuzzy Zoeller), who has her dad’s outgoing personality and her mother’s good looks, and newcomer Christina Langer (Bernhard Langer), a collegiate golfer, replacing former champ, her brother, Stefan.
“That was awesome I want to thank you guys for a great tournament,” Dru Love said after the victory, sounding a lot like a son who has heard his father give a lot of victory speeches.
“I was watching the leaderboard and trying to calm down but really I was getting more and more nervous,” Davis Love admitted when they were done playing.
This feel good victory came on a day that earlier saw Sergio Garcia win in Malaysia firing a final round 61 and then Charl Schwartzel trounce the field at the Alfred Dunhill in South Africa by 12 strokes.
Last week we were amazed when 52-year-old Kenny Perry became half of the winning team at the Shark Shootout ( with Sean O’Hair), the oldest winner that event has seen. Amazingly, he was not the oldest winner that week.
Peter Senior, 53-year-old Aussie, won the Australian Open with even par, battling through conditions where play was stopped for three hours with 50+ mph winds. While it’s definitely not a Silly event, it’s held during “our” Silly Season. Justin Rose finished in a tie for fourth after a 76. Geoff Ogilvy shot 77. Tom Watson, age 63, made the cut at the tournament and had the lowest score in the final round, a 69. Then he became Ryder Cup Captain.
In other words, it’s been a great few weeks for everything but the sofa, the DVR and the remote control which have gotten a workout trying to keep up with tournaments and golf news spanning the globe. Really, there’s barely been time to sleep.
Whether a Silly Season event, challenge season, pay for play season, however anyone wants to characterize it’s been great to watch. If this is any predictor of what’s to come, it’s shaping up to be a great 2013. And that’s only two weeks away.
Kathy Bissell is a Golf Writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand or from official interview materials from the USGA, PGA Tour or PGA of America.