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Price finally gets it right in Florida

NICK Price overcame three double bogeys in an up-and-down final-round 71 and won for the first time on the Champions Tour in Lutz, Florida, on Sunday.

After a par putt on the 18th hole, Price finished with a 2-shot victory over Larry Nelson to end an 0-for-38 streak on the Champions Tour and win his first tournament since the 2002 MasterCard Colonial, a span of 111 tour events.

The 52-year-old Price overcame his double-bogey barrage with seven birdies to shoot even par and finish at 9-under 204. Nelson shot a final-round 70 for a 7-under 206 total.

Price, a Zimbabwe native, is a three-time majors winner. He called his final round one of the strangest he's ever played.

"I've never played golf like that in my life, to have three bogeys and to have three solid pars on the last three holes really helped," Price said.

"I really felt like I was playing well, but if you take those three double bogeys out of the equation, then it looks like a better round. I never play like that. Ever."

Loren Roberts made a strong push in the final round to finish in a three-way tie at 6 under with Lonnie Nielsen and Hal Sutton. Jay Haas finished 5 under.

In South Carolina, American Brian Gay, helped by a monster eagle putt at the second hole, charged to a scintillating 10-shot victory at the Heritage Classic on Sunday.

Three ahead of the field overnight, Gay clinched his second PGA Tour title after closing with a sparkling 7-under par 64 at the picturesque Harbour Town Golf Links. Gay birdied three of the last six holes to post a record tournament total of 20-under 264, eclipsing the 265 set by American Loren Roberts in 1996.


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