Price 18 Holes from Snapping 4-Year Drought
Nick Price, one the best ball-strikers in PGA Tour history, looks to add to that legacy.
The 1994 Colonial champion fired a 4-under 66 to take a five-shot advantage into the final round in Ft. Worth, Texas. Steve Flesch (70), Phil Tataurangi (66) and Kenny Perry (65) are all tied for second at minus 5.
'I know if I don't make any bogeys Sunday I'll be hard to beat,' said Price. 'The way I'm playing, I have a lot more confidence in my ability.'
Tom Watson (66), David Toms (64), Bob Tway (71) and Esteban Toledo (72) are six strokes back. The 52-year-old Watson last won on the PGA Tour at this event in 1998.
Due to a three-and-a-half-hour rain delay prior to the start of play Friday, 19 players had to complete their second rounds Saturday morning. Once the round finally concluded, Price and Toledo ' both of whom completed their second rounds Friday ' were tied at the top at 6-under.
In round three, Price birdied the par-4 eighth to take sole possession of the lead at 7-under. He then made the turn, and took command of the tournament.
The 45-year-old Zimbabwean rolled home an 18-foot birdie putt at the 10th, knocked in a 15-footer for birdie on the next, and stuck a pitching wedge to eight feet for yet another birdie at the 13th.
Suddenly, Price was four shots clear of the field at 10-under.
That advantage was quickly chopped in half, however, after back-to-back bogeys on 14 and 15. Price pushed his tee shot to the right on the par-4 14th, and failed to get up and down when his approach shot landed in the right greenside bunker.
At the par-3 15th, his tee shot landed in a sprinkler head. Following a free drop, he pitched to four feet, but pulled the par save.
Price parred 16 to pull out of reverse. He then moved forward with birdies on both 17 and 18 to finish the day double digits under par.
Price has won 16 times on tour, but hasnt found the winners circle since the 1998 FedEx St. Jude Classic. Putting has long been his nemesis. This week, though, he leads the field in both putts per round and putts per greens hit in regulation.
This is the 14th time that Price has led or had a share of the lead going into the final round. He has won eight times.
'I'm happy to play well, finish in the top 10 and compete, but there's nothing like winning,' said Price, who has five top-10 finishes this year. 'That's what has been frustrating. There has always been one bad round that throws me out of contention.'
Full-field scores from the MasterCard Colonial
CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million
Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:
|T20||Charles Howell III||-14||$57,754|
|T36||Tyrone Van Aswegen||-12||$27,189|
|T69||Billy Hurley III||-6||$11,623|
After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...
Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).
Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.
It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard
On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...
There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.
He sure looks like the real deal, though.
His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.
Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner
Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2
With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.
He picked up one more No. 2, too.
The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.
In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.
Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.
“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”
Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.
Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.
He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.
Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title
Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.
Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.
His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.
“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."
Tom Brady, postgame, on wearing the wrap on his hand: “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) January 22, 2018
Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.
Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.