Price Leads Delayed Colonial


Erratic winds and an early-morning deluge wreaked havoc in the second round of the MasterCard Colonial in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Heavy rains delayed the start of play by three-and-a-half hours, forcing the overnight suspension of play. Nick Price is tied with Esteban Toledo (67) for the clubhouse lead at 6-under. Price, the 1994 champion, shot 5-under 65. The two are one-shot clear of Steve Flesch (67) and Bob Tway (68).
First-round leader Bob Estes, who opened in 65, dropped two shots over his first nine in round two. He was unable to complete his second round at Colonial Country Club under the fierce Texas winds.
Over the years, weve played with a North wind here, but certainly not as blustery as this one is, said Price, who is making his 16th Colonial start. You really had to make a decision today on which club, and go ahead and hit it.
Price made six birdies and one bogey Friday, with his lone mistake the result of an inability to correctly judge the wind. Teeing off first in his group on the 190-yard, par-3 16th, Price bailed out on a 3-iron and missed the green short and right. He chipped to eight feet, but missed the par save.
Its a totally different golf course than the one we played yesterday, he said.
Price has played well this year, earning five top-10 finishes; however, hes still in search of his first PGA Tour victory since the 1998 FedEx St. Jude Classic. Always a classic shot-maker, he says he still needs to improve his putting in order to claim victory No. 17.
I have been putting well ' the end of last year, two or three weeks this year Ive putted solidly, said Price, who ranks tied for 46th on tour in putting. Youre not going to finish in the top 10 too often if you putt poorly. So, its just a question of taking my putting from a 6 or a 7 up to an 8 or a 9 (on a scale of 10) ' thats what really gets you over that hurdle and into winning.
The projected cutline is currently at 3-over-par 143. That's good news for 2000 champion Phil Mickelson. Last years runner-up is at plus 3 after an even-par 70.
David Duval, on the other hand, has no chance of making the cut. Duval, who started the day at 3-under, shot 8-over 78 Friday. His round included three double bogeys, one triple bogey, two bogeys and three birdies.
Full-field scores from the MasterCard Colonial