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Stockton's beat Nicklaus' to claim Champions Challenge

Dave Stockton and Dave Stockton Jr. beat the father-son team of Jack and Michael Nicklaus on the first playoff hole today to win the Champions Challenge.

The younger Stockton hit a wedge within 3 inches to set up a birdie on the playoff hole of the father-son event involving nine teams at Thanksgiving Point.

The Stocktons and Nicklauses each shot 12-under-par 60s in the scramble format, with each team choosing the best of two shots from each position.

Stockton Jr. made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to force the playoff, which was also staged on No. 18. The victory was worth $150,000.

Dave Stockton has won twice and finished second twice in seven tries in a Senior PGA Tour event at Park City, Utah, playing all 21 rounds under par. This was the Stocktons' first appearance in the third annual Champions Challenge, hosted by Johnny Miller on a course he designed.

The Nicklauses made two eagles over the first five holes and were 11-under through 12 holes. But they bogeyed the par-4 16th, giving the Stocktons the chance to catch them.

Of the nine teams, only the Stocktons had a Senior PGA Tour-PGA Tour player combination. Michael Nicklaus, 26, the youngest of Jack's four sons, recently gave up his pursuit of a competitive golf career.

 

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