Nick Price

Nick Price

Born: January 28, 1957
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Biography

Nicholas Raymond Leige Price (born 28 January 1957) is a South African-born Zimbabwean professional golfer who has won three major championships in his career: the PGA Championship twice (in 1992 and 1994) and The Open Championship in 1994. In the mid-1990s, Price reached number one in the Official World Golf Ranking. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.

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Background

Price was born in Durban, Union of South Africa. His parents were originally British. His father was English and his mother Welsh. His early life was spent in Rhodesia (present day Zimbabwe). He attended Prince Edward School in Salisbury (now Harare), where he captained the golf team. After his schooling he served in the Rhodesian Air Force during that country's Bush War. He is at present a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe. He began his professional golf career in 1977 on the Southern Africa Tour, before moving to the European Tour and finally the PGA Tour in 1983. In 1984, Price renounced his Zimbabwean citizenship and thereafter played under his British passport. It was not until 1996 that Price regained his dual citizenship. Price is married to Sue and has three children. They live in Hobe Sound, Florida. Price's nephew Ray Price is a national cricketer for Zimbabwe.

Early professional years

Price won his first tournament outside of South Africa at the 1980 Swiss Open. He was still relatively unknown when he finished tied for second with Peter Oosterhuis one shot behind Tom Watson at the 1982 Open Championship after having a two-shot lead with six holes to go. In 1983, Price won his first PGA Tour event with a wire to wire four-shot triumph over Jack Nicklaus at the World Series of Golf.

After that win, it would be almost another eight years before Price won again on the PGA Tour. In the interim, Price shot an Augusta National Golf Club course record 63 at the 1986 Masters Tournament and finished second at the 1988 Open Championship to Seve Ballesteros.

Career peak

By the mid-1990s, Price was regarded as the best player in the world, and in 1994 he won two majors back-to-back, The Open and the PGA Championship, adding to his first major, the 1992 PGA Championship. He topped the PGA Tour money list in 1993 and 1994, setting a new earnings record each time, and spent 43 weeks at number one in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Price won the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit for the 1982/83 season and would have won again in 1996/97 if he had met the minimum number of tournaments. In 1993 and 1997, Price was awarded the Vardon Trophy; which is given annually by the PGA of America to the player with the lowest adjusted scoring average with a minimum of 60 rounds.

In 2003, Price was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was voted the Bob Jones Award, the highest honour given by the USGA in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. Price received the 2011 Old Tom Morris Award, the highest honour given by the GCSAA to an individual who "through a continuing lifetime commitment to the game of golf has helped to mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplified by Old Tom Morris."

Playing style

During his early career and peak, Price was one of the best ball strikers in the game along with his good friend and contemporary Greg Norman (who in 1996 tied Price's Augusta National course record of 63).

Like fellow African Gary Player, Price has expressed his distaste for the Ryder Cup, saying of the event, "If you like root canals and hemorrhoids, you'd love it there.", but he has played five times as a member of the Presidents Cup.

Although Price continues to play professionally, he has expanded into golf design with his own company operating out of Florida, and he has his own line of signature golf apparel. He is widely regarded by fans, media and his fellow players as one of the most personable golfers on the PGA Tour. He won his first Champions Tour event at the 2009 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am where he had three double bogeys in his final round, but he hung on to win by one stroke over Larry Nelson.

Professional wins (48)

PGA Tour wins (18)

Legend
Major championships (3)
Players Championships (1)
Regular PGA Tour (14)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 28 Aug 1983 World Series of Golf −10 (66-68-69-67=270) 4 strokes Jack Nicklaus
2 5 May 1991 GTE Byron Nelson Classic −10 (68-64-70-68=270) 1 stroke Craig Stadler
3 8 Sep 1991 Canadian Open −15 (71-69-67-66=273) 1 stroke David Edwards
4 16 Aug 1992 PGA Championship −6 (70-70-68-70=278) 3 strokes John Cook, Nick Faldo,
Jim Gallagher, Jr., Gene Sauers
5 25 Oct 1992 H.E.B. Texas Open −21 (67-62-68-66=263) Playoff Steve Elkington
6 28 Mar 1993 The Players Championship −18 (64-68-71-67=270) 5 strokes Bernhard Langer
7 27 Jun 1993 Canon Greater Hartford Open −9 (67-70-69-65=271) 1 stroke Roger Maltbie, Dan Forsman
8 4 Jul 1993 Sprint Western Open −19 (64-71-67-67=269) 5 strokes Greg Norman
9 1 Aug 1993 Federal Express St. Jude Classic −18 (69-65-66-66=266) 3 strokes Jeff Maggert, Rick Fehr
10 13 Mar 1994 Honda Classic −12 (70-67-73-66=276) 1 stroke Craig Parry
11 30 May 1994 Southwestern Bell Colonial −14 (65-70-67-64=266) Playoff Scott Simpson
12 3 Jul 1994 Motorola Western Open −11 (67-67-72-71=277) 1 stroke Greg Kraft
13 17 Jul 1994 The Open Championship −12 (69-66-67-66=268) 1 stroke Jesper Parnevik
14 14 Aug 1994 PGA Championship −11 (67-65-70-67=269) 6 strokes Corey Pavin
15 11 Sep 1994 Bell Canadian Open −13 (67-72-68-68=275) 1 stroke Mark Calcavecchia
16 20 Apr 1997 MCI Classic −15 (65-69-69-66=269) 6 strokes Brad Faxon, Jesper Parnevik
17 2 Aug 1998 FedEx St. Jude Classic −16 (65-67-70-66=268) Playoff Jeff Sluman
18 19 May 2002 MasterCard Colonial −13 (69-65-66-67=267) 5 strokes Kenny Perry, David Toms

PGA Tour playoff record (3-3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1986 Western Open Fred Couples, David Frost, Tom Kite Kite won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1992 H.E.B. Texas Open Steve Elkington Won with par on second extra hole
3 1994 Southwestern Bell Colonial Scott Simpson Won with birdie on first extra hole
4 1995 NEC World Series of Golf Billy Mayfair, Greg Norman Norman won with birdie on first extra hole
5 1998 FedEx St. Jude Classic Jeff Sluman Won with birdie on second extra hole
6 2000 Advil Western Open Robert Allenby Lost to par on first extra hole

European Tour wins (5)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 31 Aug 1980 Swiss Open −21 (65-69-67-66=267) 6 strokes Manuel Calero
2 6 Oct 1985 Lancome Trophy −13 (66-71-67-71=275) Playoff Mark James
3 17 Jul 1994 The Open Championship −12 (69-66-67-66=268) 1 stroke Jesper Parnevik
4 16 Feb 1997 Dimension Data Pro-Am1 −20 (67-66-66-69=268) 8 strokes David Frost
5 23 Feb 1997 Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship1 −19 (67-66-70-66=269) Playoff David Frost

1 Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour.

European Tour playoff record (2-0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1985 Lancome Trophy Mark James Won with par on third extra hole
2 1997 Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship David Frost Won with par on first extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)

  • 1999 Suntory Open

Sunshine Tour wins (9)

  • 1979 Asseng TV Challenge Series
  • 1981 SAB South African Masters
  • 1982 Sigma Vaals Reef Open
  • 1985 ICL International
  • 1993 ICL International
  • 1994 ICL International
  • 1997 Dimension Data Pro-Am, Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship1
  • 1998 Dimension Data Pro-Am

1 Co-sanctioned with the European Tour

Other wins (14)

  • 1981 San Remo Masters (Italy)
  • 1989 West End South Australian Open
  • 1992 Air New Zealand Shell Open, PGA Grand Slam of Golf
  • 1993 Nedbank Golf Challenge
  • 1995 Hassan II Golf Trophy, Zimbabwe Open
  • 1997 Zimbabwe Open, Nedbank Golf Challenge
  • 1998 Zimbabwe Open, Nedbank Golf Challenge
  • 2001 CVS Charity Classic (with Mark Calcavecchia)
  • 2006 CVS/pharmacy Charity Classic (with Tim Clark)
  • 2009 CVS Caremark Charity Classic (with David Toms)

Champions Tour wins (4)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 19 Apr 2009 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am −9 (66-67-71=204) 2 strokes Larry Nelson
2 25 Apr 2010 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with Mark O'Meara)
−28 (62-64-62=188) Playoff John Cook & Joey Sindelar
3 6 Jun 2010 Principal Charity Classic −14 (67-65-67=199) 4 strokes Tommy Armour III
4 13 Mar 2011 Toshiba Classic −17 (60-68-68=196) 1 stroke Mark Wiebe

Champions Tour playoff record (1-1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2009 Principal Charity Classic Fred Funk, Mark McNulty McNulty won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Price eliminated with birdie on second hole
2 2010 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with Mark O'Meara)
John Cook & Joey Sindelar Won with par on second extra hole

Major championships

Wins (3)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1992 PGA Championship 2 shot deficit −6 (70-70-68-70=278) 3 strokes John Cook, Nick Faldo,
Jim Gallagher, Jr., Gene Sauers
1994 The Open Championship 1 shot deficit −12 (69-66-67-66=268) 1 stroke Jesper Parnevik
1994 PGA Championship 3 shot lead −11 (67-65-70-67=269) 6 strokes Corey Pavin

Results timeline

Tournament 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUT T39
PGA Championship
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament CUT 5 T22 T14 CUT
U.S. Open T48 CUT T17 T40 CUT
The Open Championship T27 T23 T2 CUT T44 CUT T8 2 CUT
PGA Championship T67 T54 5 CUT T10 T17 T46
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T49 T6 CUT T35 CUT T18 T24 CUT T6
U.S. Open T19 T4 T11 CUT T13 T19 4 T23
The Open Championship T25 T44 T51 T6 1 T40 T45 CUT T29 T37
PGA Championship T63 1 T31 1 T39 T8 T13 T4 5
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Masters Tournament T11 CUT T20 T23 T6 CUT
U.S. Open T27 CUT T8 T5 T24 T9 CUT
The Open Championship CUT T21 T14 T28 T30 CUT
PGA Championship CUT T29 CUT CUT
Win Top 10 Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Summary

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 4 11 20 13
U.S. Open 0 0 0 3 5 12 20 15
The Open Championship 1 2 0 3 5 9 27 20
PGA Championship 2 0 0 5 7 9 20 16
Totals 3 2 0 12 21 41 87 64
  • Most consecutive cuts made - 10 (1989 PGA - 1992 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s - 2 (five times)

Team appearances

Amateur

  • Eisenhower Trophy (representing Rhodesia): 1976

Professional

  • World Cup: 1978 (representing South Africa), 1993 (representing Zimbabwe)
  • Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing Zimbabwe): 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Presidents Cup (International Team): 1994, 1996, 1998 (winners), 2000, 2003 (tie), 2013 (non-playing captain), 2015 (non-playing captain), 2017 (non-playing captain)
  • Alfred Dunhill Challenge (representing Southern Africa): 1995 (winners)
  • Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (representing Champions Tour): 2007, 2008 (winners), 2009, 2010

[ Source: Wikipedia ]