With 10 of the 18 holes at Firestone North flanked by water, somebody figured to pay the consequences. It wasn't expected to be Nick Price.
Price, in pursuit of his sixth victory this year, sent his tee shot on the par-3 17th hole into the lake on the way to a bogey and a 2-under-par 68 on Thursday that left him three strokes off the pace in the NEC World Series of Golf.Two-time World Series champion Craig Stadler shared the lead with Loren Roberts at 5-under 65.
Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain, Mark McCumber and Jeff Maggert were a stroke back at 66, while Greg Norman and Ian Baker-Finch were among a group of five at 67.
Defending champion Fulton Allem and two others were tied with Price at 68. Ten more were bunched at 69.
Price had played bogey-free golf and was threatening the leaders until his tee shot on the 184-yard 17th went past the green into the lake.