Price fires superb 60 in Toshiba Classic

Nick Price fired an 11-under-par 60 on Friday to take a five-shot lead in the opening round of the Toshiba Classic on the Champions Tour at Newport Beach Country Club in California.

He equalled the 2004 course record set by Tom Purtzer, and he also matched the all-time Champions Tour record which was set by Isao Aoki in 1997.

It was his best-ever round on the tour, too. “I shot a couple of 61s which were 11-under, which is basically the same what I shot today,” he said. “60 just sounds better to me.”

His seven birdies and two eagles took him five shots clear of Bernard Langer, Mark O’Meara, Mark Wiebe and Brad Bryant.

There were three players on 66, including Fred Couples, and then David Frost shared ninth with five other players on four-under-par 67.

“There was a flash through my mind when I eagled 15, I sort of thought to myself, if I birdie the last three holes I can break 60 which I’ve never done before,” said Price.

His round followed a good start to last week’s Honda Classic on the PGA Tour. “Last week was, you know, tiptoeing through a mine field, because it was really, really hard for me anyway, and for a lot of the other guys.

“I hit a lot of long irons, a long golf course, very, very strong winds. Maybe that tightened my game up for me for this week.

“But I think more than anything else, having played last week and played for four rounds and not having had two weeks off like most of the other guys have had, that’s helped,” he said.

But he won’t be abandoning the Champions Tour for more events on the PGA Tour: “My priority is to play this tour. I probably won’t skip any of our events to play the PGA Tour. I will fill in the weeks that I’m not playing on this tour where I think it’s relevant,” he said.

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