Larry Nelson came up big in the final round with a 63
Larry Nelson won the Walt Disney-Oldsmobile Classic on this day in 1987 with a stunning come from behind win. Nelson had help with his fantastic, flawless final round tying the tournament record with a 9 under par 63. Sadly it was Steve Pate who was the leader after 54 holes but faltered down the stretch to finish in fourth place. Morris Hatalsky and Mark O’Meara finished in second just one stroke behind Nelson. Hatalsky was actually a close friend of Larry Nelson and had several chances to force a playoff but left it all out on the table.
This win marked the second time Nelson came away victories at the Walt Disney-Oldsmobile Classic. He won it already in 1984 by shooting a aggregate record of 22 under par and this year he missed that mark just by two strokes. Many were unnerved when after the event Nelson repeatedly denounced his play and said he didn’t play that well.
[su_quote cite=”-Larry Nelson “]”Some of the other players might not be happy to hear this but I didn’t putt the ball all that well and I didn’t hit the ball all that well with exception of today.”[/su_quote]
This marked Nelson’s ninth PGA tour victory and he took home $108,000 with the win. Since Nelson criticized his own play he had to explain his victory. “It all comes down to course management, course management was key. That comes from maturity, If you’re not mature at 40 you better do something else.” said Nelson.