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Nick Price Zimbabwe Professional Golfer

Nicholas Raymond Leige Price (born 28 January 1957) is a 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.

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 Zimbabwe. He attended Prince Edward School in 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 another eight years almost 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.)

Price was able to drive the ball long and exceptionally straight. With his irons he had the ability to manipulate the direction and flight of his shots unlike many other players.

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.

Price would write three words in his diary before each season: “Persistence, persistence, persistence”.

PROFESSIONAL WINS (49)

PGA Tour wins (18)

Legend
Major championships (3)
Players Championships (1)
Regular PGA Tour (14)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
128 Aug 1983World Series of Golf−10 (66-68-69-67=270)4 strokesUnited States Jack Nicklaus
25 May 1991GTE Byron Nelson Classic−10 (68-64-70-68=270)1 strokeUnited States Craig Stadler
38 Sep 1991Canadian Open−15 (71-69-67-66=273)1 strokeUnited States David Edwards
416 Aug 1992PGA Championship−6 (70-70-68-70=278)3 strokesUnited States John Cook, England Nick Faldo,
United States Jim Gallagher, Jr., United States Gene Sauers
525 Oct 1992H.E.B. Texas Open−21 (67-62-68-66=263)PlayoffAustralia Steve Elkington
628 Mar 1993The Players Championship−18 (64-68-71-67=270)5 strokesGermany Bernhard Langer
727 Jun 1993Canon Greater Hartford Open−9 (67-70-69-65=271)1 strokeUnited States Roger Maltbie, United States Dan Forsman
84 Jul 1993Sprint Western Open−19 (64-71-67-67=269)5 strokesAustralia Greg Norman
91 Aug 1993Federal Express St. Jude Classic−18 (69-65-66-66=266)3 strokesUnited States Jeff Maggert, United States Rick Fehr
1013 Mar 1994Honda Classic−12 (70-67-73-66=276)1 strokeAustralia Craig Parry
1130 May 1994Southwestern Bell Colonial−14 (65-70-67-64=266)PlayoffUnited States Scott Simpson
123 Jul 1994Motorola Western Open (2)−11 (67-67-72-71=277)1 strokeUnited States Greg Kraft
1317 Jul 1994The Open Championship−12 (69-66-67-66=268)1 strokeSweden Jesper Parnevik
1414 Aug 1994PGA Championship(2)−11 (67-65-70-67=269)6 strokesUnited States Corey Pavin
1511 Sep 1994Bell Canadian Open (2)−13 (67-72-68-68=275)1 strokeUnited States Mark Calcavecchia
1620 Apr 1997MCI Classic−15 (65-69-69-66=269)6 strokesUnited States Brad Faxon, Sweden Jesper Parnevik
172 Aug 1998FedEx St. Jude Classic (2)−16 (65-67-70-66=268)PlayoffUnited States Jeff Sluman
1819 May 2002MasterCard Colonial (2)−13 (69-65-66-67=267)5 strokesUnited States Kenny Perry, United States David Toms

Nick Price with Canadian Open trophy

PGA Tour playoff record (3–3)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11986Western OpenUnited States Fred Couples, South Africa David Frost, United States Tom KiteKite won with birdie on first extra hole
21992H.E.B. Texas OpenAustralia Steve ElkingtonWon with par on second extra hole
31994Southwestern Bell ColonialUnited States Scott SimpsonWon with birdie on first extra hole
41995NEC World Series of GolfUnited States Billy Mayfair, Australia Greg NormanNorman won with birdie on first extra hole
51998FedEx St. Jude ClassicUnited States Jeff SlumanWon with birdie on second extra hole
62000Advil Western OpenAustralia Robert AllenbyLost to par on first extra hole

European Tour wins (5)

  • 1980 Swiss Open
  • 1985 Lancome Trophy
  • 1994 The Open Championship
  • 1997 Dimension Data Pro-Am, Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship (both co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour)

Major championships are shown in bold.

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 Championship (both co-sanctioned with the European Tour)
  • 1998 Dimension Data Pro-Am

Other wins (15)

  • 1981 San Remo Masters (Italy – not a European Tour event)
  • 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 (Morocco), Zimbabwe Open
  • 1997 Zimbabwe Open, Nedbank Golf Challenge, Gillette Tour Challenge Championship (with Jim Colbert and Kelly Robbins)
  • 1998 Zimbabwe Open, Nedbank Golf Challenge
  • 2001 CVS Charity Classic (with Mark Calcavecchia)
  • 2006 CVS/pharmacy Charity Classic (with Tim Clark; unofficial event)
  • 2009 CVS Caremark Charity Classic (with David Toms; unofficial event)

Champions Tour wins (4)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
119 Apr 2009Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am−9 (66-67-71=204)2 strokesUnited States Larry Nelson
225 Apr 2010Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with Mark O’Meara)
−28 (62-64-62=188)PlayoffUnited States John Cook & United States Joey Sindelar
36 Jun 2010Principal Charity Classic−14 (67-65-67=199)4 strokesUnited States Tommy Armour III
413 Mar 2011Toshiba Classic−17 (60-68-68=196)1 strokeUnited States Mark Wiebe

Champions Tour playoff record (1–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
12009Principal Charity ClassicUnited States Fred Funk, Republic of Ireland Mark McNultyMcNulty won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Price eliminated with birdie on second hole
22010Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with Mark O’Meara)
United States John Cook & United States Joey SindelarWon with par on second extra hole

MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Wins (3)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner(s)-up
1992PGA Championship2 shot deficit−6 (70-70-68-70=278)3 strokesUnited States John Cook, England Nick Faldo,
United States Jim Gallagher, Jr., United States Gene Sauers
1994The Open Championship1 shot deficit−12 (69-66-67-66=268)1 strokeSweden Jesper Parnevik
1994PGA Championship (2)3 shot lead−11 (67-65-70-67=269)6 strokesUnited States Corey Pavin

Results timeline

Tournament19751976197719781979
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipCUTDNPDNPT39DNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNPDNPCUTDNP5T22T14CUT
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPT48DNPCUTDNPT17T40CUT
The Open ChampionshipT27T23T2CUTT44CUTDNPT82CUT
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPT67T545CUTT10T17T46
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Masters TournamentDNPT49T6CUTT35CUTT18T24CUTT6
U.S. OpenDNPT19T4T11CUTT13DNPT194T23
The Open ChampionshipT25T44T51T61T40T45CUTT29T37
PGA ChampionshipT63DNP1T311T39T8T13T45
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006
Masters TournamentT11CUTT20T23T6CUTDNP
U.S. OpenT27CUTT8T5T24T9CUT
The Open ChampionshipCUTT27T14T28T30CUTDNP
PGA ChampionshipCUTT21CUTDNPDNPDNPCUT

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
“T” indicates a tie for a place.
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament00014112013
U.S. Open00035122015
The Open Championship1203582720
PGA Championship20057102016
Totals3201221418764
  • 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)
  • Alfred Dunhill Challenge (representing Southern Africa): 1995 (winners)

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