Price 18 Holes from Snapping 4-Year Drought


The Colonial Country Club is noted as a shot-makers venue, and a look across the Wall of Champions at the MasterCard Colonial proves the portrayal ' particularly when glancing some of the multiple winners: Ben Hogan (five victories), Lee Trevino (two) and Corey Pavin (two).
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