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 (65-65-67).
Joe Ozaki (68-64-67) of Japan and Michael Allen (69-64-66) finished tied for third at 14 under. Fred Couples (66-67-67), the defending champion, tied for fifth at 13 under with 2006 Toshiba champion Brad Bryant (65-70-65) and Robert Thompson (68-66-66), who qualified for the tournament on Monday. Mark O'Meara (65-67-69—201), a fomer Costa Mesa City champion who grew up in Orange County, finished tied for eighth with three others.