Larry Nelson ponders Player of the Year

Larry Nelson came into the SBC Championship Oct. 21 with his place in the season-ending Senior Tour Championship secure,with $1.7 million and four victories in the bank.

After his two-shot victory over Bob Gilder and Gary McCord, Nelson is seeking another goal.

“If I was to win next week (Senior Tour Championship) and have six victories I’d certainly think there would be a case to be made for Player of the Year,” Nelson said. “I’d certainly vote for myself.”

Nelson captured his Tour-best fifth victory with a course record-tying, 9-under 63 in the final round and a tournament-record 17-under-par 199.

“It’s nice to be hitting the ball this well going into next week,” he said. “I just haven’t putted the ball as well as I did last year, but I’m playing very well now.”

Gilder, who shot a final-round 66, came to the par-5 18th hole trailing Nelson by one shot after making a 13-foot birdie putt on the 17th. He was 230 yards from the green on his second shot, but didn’t like the lie and decided to lay up. He chipped his third shot to 40 feet, three-putting for bogey and falling into a tie with McCord.

“I’ll second-guess myself for a long time for not going for the green in two,” Gilder said. “You guys know I don’t lay up very often.”

McCord, who finished with 67, was greatly helped by his own 63 in Friday’s first round.

“I’ve commentated on a lot more 63s than I’ve shot,” the CBS announcer said, “but shooting them is a lot better.”

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