Sunday, June 04, 2000

Nelson commits to Kroger Classic

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Larry Nelson, leading money winner this season on the Senior PGA Tour, has committed to play in the Kroger Senior Classic, presented by Firstar, Sept. 11-17 at the Golf Center at Kings Island.

        Nelson, who has won two tournaments this season and $1 million, confirmed he would be her to tournament director Margie French Saturday, when she met with him before the BellSouth Tournament.

        Graham Marsh and John Mahaffey also committed to French this weekend, bringing to 55 the number of Senior PGA Tour players who have agreed to play.

        “The Kroger event is always one of the top tournaments on the tour,” said Nelson, the 1983 U.S. Open and 1987 PGA Championship among his 10 career wins. “Margie and her staff run a first-class event, and the prize money isn't too shabby either. I enjoy playing in Cincinnati.”

        The Kroger Senior Classic's $1.4 million purse is the fourth-highest on the tour.

        “Larry and I have been friends for years, but he was definitely one of the players I wanted to get,” said French, attending PGA Tour meetings in Nashville this week. “Some of the other big names have told me they have penciled me in for our tournament, but I'm still working hard on all of them.”


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