Price hangs on for fourth Champions Tour win|
Newport Beach, CA (Sports Network) - Nick Price carded a three-under 68 Sunday
to hang on for a one-stroke win at the Toshiba Classic.
Price, who won for the fourth time on the Champions Tour, ended at 17-under-
Mark Wiebe closed within one shot of Price on three different occasions
Sunday, but never grabbed a share of the lead. Wiebe posted a four-under 67 to
take second at minus-16.
Michael Allen (66) and Joe Ozaki (67) shared third at 14-under-par 199 at
Newport Beach Country Club. Fred Couples, the 2010 champ, was one of three
players who tied for fifth at minus-13. Couples shot a 67 in the final round.
Price led by two at the start, but Wiebe cut the margin to one with a six-foot
birdie putt on the par-five third. Price answered with a 12-foot birdie putt
on No. 4, but Wiebe came right back to birdie the fifth from 35 feet out.
Wiebe remained at 14-under with seven straight pars from the sixth. Price made
an eight-foot birdie putt on the seventh to move two ahead at minus-16.
"I played so well on the front nine from tee to green. I was rock solid,"
Price stated. "I hit every fairway. I hit every green, and I probably had six
or seven putts inside of 12 feet. I made two of them."
Price pushed his lead to three with a birdie on the 10th, but gave that shot
back when he tripped to a bogey on No. 12.
Wiebe and Price matched birdies at the 13th. Wiebe cut the deficit back to one
thanks to a six-foot birdie effort on the par-five 15th, then parred the last
three to end there.
"I played good. Not great, but I played good. I got off to a slow start," said
Wiebe. "I just didn't hit it very close on the first couple of holes, but I
Price closed with five consecutive pars to hang on for the victory. He has won
three times in eight tries when holding the 36-hole lead.
"It was hard to make putts today. The pins were in some really tough places
and there was a lot of break on them," Price said. "I actually expected Mark
to make that one on 18 because he hit so many good putts, and he hit another
good putt, and I was getting ready to go down to the extra playoff hole."
Couples was joined in fifth place by Robert Thompson (66) and 2006 champ Brad
Bryant (65). Olin Browne (67), Mark O'Meara (69), Tom Pernice, Jr. (68) and
Jeff Sluman (67) shared eighth at 12-under-par 201.
NOTES: Price, who collected $255,000 for the win, fell two strokes short of
the tournament's 54-hole scoring record...Wiebe was chasing his third
Champions Tour title...The first two rounds 53 of the 80 players broke par,
but in the final round 50 of the 80 shot under par...After a two-week break,
the tour returns to action with the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, where
David Eger won last year.
03/13 22:34:06 ET