Fleisher-Nelson Hold Off Nicklaus-Player Charge to Win Legends

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Bruce Fleisher (left) and Larry Nelson stand by their trophies as the Legends Division Winners at the BIg Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf Tournament Sunday at Top of the Rock. (Photos by Scott McCaulley)

 

by Scott McCaulley

 

RIDGEDALE, Mo. – The final nine holes of the Legends Division of the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf Tournament had a very nostalgic feel as top senior players Bruce Fleisher and Larry Nelson had to hold off a charge from the team of Hall of Fame Golfers Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player to claim the Tournament Title at Top of the Rock.

Fleisher and Nelson had a four stroke lead going into the final round over Nicklaus/Player as well as the team of Butch Baird and Al Geiberger. The leaders immediately gave one shot back as they bogeyed the first hole. Then Nicklaus/Player, playing one group ahead, closed the gap to two briefly with a birdie at the fourth which Fleisher/Nelson answered moments later to get the lead back to three. The gap again closed to two after a Nicklaus/Player birdie at the seventh, then the pair each missed a birdie putt on the final whole that would have cut the lead to one. The miss though began academic after Fleisher hit a birdie at the final hole to get a three shot win.

2014 Champions Jim Colbert and Jim Thorpe finished tied with Baird and Geiberger for third place.

Click below for interview with Larry Nelson Courtesy of the PGA Champions Tour then below that for more pictures:

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Bruce Fleisher gets ready to putt for birdie on the final hole. He sinks the putt to give him and Larry Nelson a three shot win.
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Gary Player attempts a birdie putt on the last hole. Jack Nicklaus watches to the right while the team of Jim Thorpe and Jim Colbert look on.
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Jack Nicklaus is followed off the Top of the Rock Course by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

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