NEWPORT BEACH - At the 17th Toshiba Classic many saw Nick Price, a three-time major winner, do his best to maintain a first-round five-shot lead.
In the ropes, if they looked closely and heard him speak afterward, they would've seen a rebirth of a champion.
Price, a World Golf Hall of Famer who said he hit a low point in his career in his late 40s, said he feels like he's having fun again. Collecting the $255,000 winner's check Sunday at Newport Beach Country Club helped.
Holding off a pesky Mark Wiebe also did the trick.
Price, who shot an opening-round 11-under-par 60 — a career best that matched a Champions Tour record — finished what he started. He shot 68, just as he did Saturday, to win the Toshiba Classic at 17-under 196, one shot lower than Wiebe, who shot 67 in the final round.
Joe Ozaki of Japan and Michael Allen finished tied for third at 14 under. Fred Couples, the defending champion, tied for fifth at 13 under with 2006 Toshiba champion Brad Bryant and Robert Thompson, who qualified for the tournament on Monday.