Nick Price, playing simple tee-to-green golf earns hard fought 1994 Honda Victory
On this day, In 1994 Nick Price was high flying, playing perfect golf at the Weston Hills Country Club, during the 1994 Honda Classic. In 1994, Price was 37 years old and arguable the best player in the world. In the past 18 months he had won 12 events including the 1992 PGA Championship held at Bellerive Country Club. Needless to say, Price was dominating and it showed by hitting every green and missing only one fairway during the final round.
“All I tried to do was not make any mistakes…I got off to a good start and never looked back. I just kept hitting the ball in the fairway and green.”
-Nick Price on “Good Golf”
There were only three instances where Price’s lead was threatened. Once was by John Daly who moved himself into contention early in the final round by gaining three birdies on the front nine. After the short spurt of birdies for Daly, he could only muster par for the rest of the round. Par is a great score but it wasn’t enough for Daly, he eventually finished tied for fourth with a 280.
Next was future Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, who led the event between the 3rd and final round. After a terrible start, Chamblee regained his confidence by pouring in three birdies within seven holes. By the back nine, Chamblee started dropping shots opening the way for Price and Australian Craig Parry.
Parry was the only man who could catch up with Price’s torrid pace, and got an opening on the 15 hole. The only mistake Price made of the day was there on 15 where he three putted on a difficult green. Parry had played a fine round of three under and was only back a stroke at this point.
Price drops a 35 foot bomb on Hole 17
All of Parry’s hopes and dreams of winning the Honda Classic were crushed when Price did the unthinkable. On the Par 3, 17th hole Price hit his 17th green in regulation of the day but was looking at a daunting putt. It was a 35 foot double breaking birdie putt which was needed to stay clear of the lurking Craig Parry. With a subtle tap, Price sent it down the hill and watched before it disappeared into the cup. Price celebrated the wild putt in jubilation, jumping into the air for joy. This putt gave him the two stroke margin that he eventually won the tournament with.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to hole a putt,” … “I don’t know how high I jumped. I was a bit worried I might split my pants.”
–Nick Price after holing a 35 foot putt in the 17th hole