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Price is right at CVS event

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BARRINGTON, R.I. — Nick Price birdied the first playoff hole, and he and partner Mark Calcavecchia beat Brad Faxon and Gary Player in the CVS Charity Classic on Tuesday.

Price and Calcavecchia had a two-stroke lead in regulation, but Faxon and Player matched their 23-under-par 119 total with a birdie on the final hole of regulation.

In the playoff, Price had a birdie on the par-4 18th, while Faxon and Player both failed on birdie attempts. Price's approach shot hit the fringe behind the hole, took a favorable bounce and rolled within a few feet of the cup.

"I hit a pitching wedge 110 (yards), then I probably had a 3 1/2-foot downhill putt, right to left," Price said.

Faxon, who has led the PGA in putting two of the last three years, rolled a 35-foot putt for a birdie within two inches of the hole before Price closed out the match.

Price and Calcavecchia will split $210,000, while Faxon and Player walked away with $160,000. The teams of Tim Herron and Dudley Hart and Davis Love III and Jay Haas tied for third at 22-under 120.

The 36-hole best-ball tournament at Rhode Island Country Club had a total purse of $1.1 million.

Price birdied No. 13 through 17 to get his team to 23 under. But Faxon birdied 15, 16 and 17 to pull his team within a stroke and set the stage for 18. Faxon's 35-footer for a birdie stopped two inches from the hole. Player then rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt which forced the playoff.

"I had a funny feeling Gary was going to make it," Calcavecchia said. "It hit the front lip and barely fell in. But that's Gary Player for you. He's obviously one of the all-time greats."

Price and Calcavecchia played the front nine in 7-under 29. Calcavecchia had one of only two eagles recorded in the final round, at the par-4 6th.