Nick Price continued his domination of world golf, nailing down the Canadian Open title Sunday with a magnificent 2-iron that set up a decisive eagle.
It was his 16th victory in 54 starts, dating to the 1992 PGA championship, for the affable man from Zimbabwe who is unchallenged as the outstanding player in the game at Oakville, Ontario.Price nailed down this one with a 217-yard 2-iron second shot that rolled within 30 inches of the flag for a tap-in eagle-3 on No. 16.
"Probably the best 2-iron I've ever hit in my life," Price said.
It came as a door-slamming response to Mark Calcavecchia, who was playing two holes ahead of Price and chipped in from 30 feet for an eagle on 18.
That pulled him even with Price at 12 under, but it lasted only a moment. When Price tapped in his eagle putt the lead was back to two with two holes to go.
Price finished with a closing 68 and a 13-under-par 275 on the Glen Abbey Golf Club course, one ahead of Calcavecchia who could only observe:
"It's very discouraging to play against that guy. He's the best in the world."
The record fully supports that assessment.
The victory was Price's fifth of the year on the PGA Tour, the most by any player since Tom Watson won six in 1980. That total doesn't include Price's victory in the British Open two months ago, the first of his two majors this year as he also won the PGA.
This one, his second in this national championship, made him the first since Tom Weiskopf in 1973 to win both the British and Canadian Opens in one year.
After collecting the winner's share of $234,000 from the total purse of $1.3 million, Price also vaulted over Greg Norman into the season's money-winning lead with $1,442,927.
Calcavecchia, who also chased Price to the Western Open title, had a closing 67.
Tom Lehman was third alone after a 69 left him at 277. Jay Don Blake, who dropped a 55-60 foot eagle putt on 18 as the highlight of a 68, and third-round leader Mark McCumber followed at 278. McCumber had a closing 72.
Brian Kamm, Steve Stricker and South African Fulton Allem were next at 279. Kamm moved up with a 68, Allem shot 70 and Stricker 71.
At Midway, Pa., Dave Eichelberger wouldn't let trouble get in his way, following his three bogeys with birdies Sunday to stop a 13-year winless streak and win the Quicksilver Classic by two shots.
Eichelberger, the fifth first-time PGA Seniors winner this year, overcame an erratic driver to shoot a 1-under-par 71 and finish at 7-under 209. Ray Floyd and Homero Blancas tied for second at 211.
A four-time PGA Tour winner, Eichelberger hadn't won since the 1981 Tallahassee Open. The $157,500 check gave him $236,410 in earnings the past four weeks after a slow start in his first year on the Seniors tour.
"It's been a long time," Eichelberger said. "It was like in the middle of 1990 somebody turned off the light on my game and I'm just turning it back on. For three years, I couldn't even make a cut."
Eichelberger took the lead with the best round of the tournament, a 5-under 67 Saturday, and followed final-round bogeys at 8, 14 and 16 with birdies. His driver got him in trouble each time - he hit into the water on the par-3 eighth - but he always dodged big trouble.
"It's not like I told myself I needed a birdie when I bogeyed," he said. "But I did tell myself I didn't want another bogey. I was very fortunate to hang on the way my driver was getting me in trouble."
He drove into a trap to bogey No. 16 as his lead dropped to a stroke, but rallied with a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th. He found the sand again with his drive on No. 18 but saved par by chipping to within a couple of inches of the hole.
At Portland, Ore., Amy Alcott, needing one victory to join the LPGA Hall of Fame, held a one-shot lead Sunday after completion of the rain-delayed second round of the Ping-Cellular Golf Championship.