Nelson, McCord commit to Seniors



Ten-time PGA Tour champion Larry Nelson and CBS golf analyst Gary McCord have commited to play in the State Farm Senior Classic at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club July 3-9 in Columbia.

Nelson, the winner of the three major championships on the PGA Tour, has made his presence known on the Senior Tour since he became a full-time member in 1998. He recorded six victories (including this year's Las Vegas Senior Classic) and is currently third on the money list with $781,300.

McCord is best known for his dry wit and insightful analysis on CBS, though he has won twice and earned over $1.2 million in only 29 starts on the Senior Tour

The pair join a competitive field, featuring Gary Player, defending champion Christy O'Connor, former Ryder Cup captain Dave Stockton and Vicente Fernandez.MAPGA MATCH PLAY: Larry Ringer and Dirk Schultz shot 5-under-par 67s to share the qualifying medal in the Middle Atlantic PGA match play championship at Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Va.

With 31 places available, the cut fell at 76, relegating nine 77s to the sidelines. As the defending champion, John Stone was an automatic qualifier. Matches will be played during the summer, with the championship Oct. 11-12 at TPC-Avenel. (Pairings, 10D)

John w. Stewart contributed to this article.

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