Price won the Million Dollar Challenge while breaking the course record…
Zimbabwe’s Nick Price posted a 24-under-par total of 264 to win the Million Dollar Golf Challenge by a amazing 12 strokes at Sun City on Sunday December 5, 1993. Price shot rounds of 67, 66, 66 and a course record-equalling 65 as he won the 1 million first prize for the first time. His four-round total was a remarkable eight shots better than the record set by Germany’s Bernard Langer in 1991 when the German also set the course record of 65.
From disqualification to becoming the champion
The victory resonated on a whole different level with Price, who just a year earlier was DQ’d after he fails to sign his scorecard in protest. The reason being as during the third round, Price’s caddie moved an advertisement which resulted in a two stroke penalty. Second place went to fellow-Zimbabwean Mark McNulty, who finished on 276, 12 under par, after closing with a five-under-par 67. Langer claimed third place with a final round of 68 for a total of 279 while South Africa’s Fulton Allem returned the second best score of the day with a 66 to finish fourth on 280.
Price was 17 under and 10 shots clear at the end of the third round and began the final 18 holes in spectacular style with an eagle two at the first, holing his 125 yard approach. Out in just 32, with birdies at five and seven, he then birdied three of the next four holes to go to 24-under for the tournament. Price bogeyed the 16th, but a well-timed birdie three at the last in front of packed stands enabled him to finish in style. Price has now won over 2.7 million US dollars for the year and only Australian Greg Norman has a slight chance of overtaking him at the Johnny Walker Classic later in December.
Josh Morris is the Editor of Golf History Today. A proud USGA Volunteer and golf enthusiast. In his free time he enjoys being a weekend caddie as well as playing as much as he can.