Price a part of rich history

Tournament History

Last year's champion led wire to wire, just the fourth winner to do so in Toshiba's 17 years.

March 10, 2012|By Steve Virgen

It's not how you start but how you finish. That's among the favorite lines for a coach to use.

But Nick Price's start proved to be very important last year when he won the 17th Toshiba Classic. He opened the three-day tournament with an 11-under-par 60, which was a course, tournament and Champions Tour record. He ended up needing that score.

He prevailed after two rounds of 68 and held off to win by one stroke over Mark Wiebe. Price's hot start was too much for the field at the Toshiba Classic. He became the fourth wire-to-wire champion in Toshiba Classic history. He was one of two to lead wire to wire on the Champions Tour in 2011. It was his lone win on the tour last year, when he had 10 top-10 finishes.


Price, 55, has four wins on the Champions Tour. The Toshiba Classic victory capped a run of three titles within 11 months.

"I don't know how many more years I've got left," said Price, a three-time PGA Tour major champion and a Hall of Famer. "I want to win four or five times out here. I want to win a major or two ... I still have a competitive instinct and drive in me that I want to win. That's what gets me to the practice tee every day when I got to practice. When I get on the airplane and have to leave my family, the only thing is the light at the end of the tunnel is that I got a chance to win. I'm not coming here just to make a check. That ain't going to work."

Price's record round and rise to the title was one of several fascinating stories during the tournament.

Joe Ozaki grabbed attention by tying for third, despite reports of a devastating tsunami in his homeland of Japan.

Fan favorite Fred Couples tried but could not become Toshiba's first repeat champion. He finished tied for fifth.

Robert Thompson worked his way into the tournament by qualifying four days before it began and he tied with Couples.

Every year there's a new story to write.

It all began in ...



The first Toshiba Classic is played at Mesa Verde Country Club.

The Champions Tour is known as the PGA Senior Tour.

Out of the 78 golfers competing, a surprise champion is produced in George Archer. One day before the Toshiba Classic starts, Archer announces that he will retire at season's end from professional golf because of a degenerative hip.

Archer, the 1969 Masters Champion, goes on to win the tournament with a six-under 199, a stroke ahead of Dave Stockton and Tom Fargo, for his first victory in two years.

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