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Nelson wins Farmers for 2nd year in a row

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ADA, Mich. — Larry Nelson is climbing fast on the Senior PGA Tour money list.

Nelson shot a 4-under 68 Sunday to win the Farmers Charity Classic by one stroke over Jim Ahern and two strokes over Dana Quigley and Walter Hall. He also won the Senior PGA event here last year.

With the $210,000 that he won Sunday, Nelson has earned almost $1.5 million this year and moved into second place, behind Bruce Fleischer, on the money list.

The victory gave Nelson his second successful championship defense in three weeks.

"The last two years when I've come here, I have hit it very well," Nelson said. "It is easier to manage a golf course like this when you are hitting the ball well."

Nelson, who successfully defended his championship at the FleetBoston Classic June 24, won the tournament here at Egypt Valley Country Club last year.

The two successful title defenses are the only two of Nelson's career, which now includes 15 Senior PGA Tour championships as well as 10 PGA Tour wins.

Nelson, who lives in Marietta, Ga., finished the tournament with a 14-under 202. He claimed the victory when his par putt on the final hole hesitated on the lip before dropping into the cup.

The one-stroke margin by which Nelson eventually won came with a birdie on the par-5 17th. He reached the green in two, with a 5-wood, then missed an eagle putt from the back of the green.