Price making another run for the graybeards


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Nick Price is keeping the graybeards going.

With an even-par 70, Price is in the hunt at the Honda Classic. The 54-year-old is tied for ninth in the suspended first round. He's proudly carrying the Champions Tour banner.

Two weeks ago, Fred Couples, 51, made a run at winning the Northern Trust Open. Last week, John Cook, 53, was in contention to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

“I think it started with the British Open [two seasons ago] when Tom Watson played so well,” Price said. “That inspired all of us.”

Price, a Champions Tour pro, is using a one-time exemption for top-50 career money winners to get PGA Tour access this year. The three-time major championship winner is playing his first PGA Tour event in three years to fill gaps in the Champions Tour schedule and stay sharp.

“I got the bit between my teeth today,” Price said. “I really want to make the cut badly. It’s an achievement at 54, on a golf course so hard, against these young guys.”

Price fueled his round holing out from the bunker for birdie at the difficult 15th, the start of the Bear Trap. He rattled the shot off the flagstick.

'What can I say?' Price said. 'I hit the right spot.'