Lost to history is whether Tom Morris and Tom Morris Jr. read putts for each other, exchanged hugs, bragged each other up and shared laughter and tears as they strode around St. Andrews 150 years ago. But we do know this: the Morrises had nothing on father-son tandems such as Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II, Davis and Dru Love, Nick and Gregory Price, Hale and Steve Irwin. Or the rare familial trio of Dave, Ron and Dave Stockton Jr. At the PNC Father-Son Challenge, played each December in Orlando, golf is annually reinforced as the best platform for reacquaintance, bonding, teaching and old-fashioned affection. It's the best possible proof that the institution of fathers and sons in golf is thriving and eternal.
As Sunday at the U.S. Open is Father's Day, we invite you to watch "Shared Lessons" and what surely are among the best of the exclusive video series we've conducted this year. Watch Nick Price as he explains his low-key approach for teaching Gregory, a teenager and 14-handicapper, how to warm up to golf. Listen to Dru Love reveal—almost with an elbow to his father's ribs—the first time he beat his dad, Davis Love. Watch Steve Irwin, son of Hale Irwin and a fine player in his own right, explain how his dad's guidance helped him to a spot in the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional. Enjoy Ron Stockton's feigned anguish as he tells of how he's yet to win a head-to-head battle with his dad, two-time major winner and 1991 Ryder Cup captain Dave Stockton. And watch Jack Nicklaus II explain why telling his famous father that he was on the verge of beating him, was the worst possible thing he could say.
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For the full father-son treatment, we recommend making it down to Orlando and the PNC Father-Son Challenge at the Ritz-Carlton this Dec. 10-13. It's not the toughest ticket in sports, and it may be among the best.