HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Nick Price shot a 7-under 65 Tuesday to lead the Champions Tour team to two nine-hole tournament victories at the 17h Annual Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge.
Price shot a 5-under 31 to top the field of nine golfers and lead the Champions team to victory over the first nine holes at Rio Secco Golf Club. He also led the team with a 2-under 34 for the second nine.
The Champions team won $200,000 for carding an 11-under total over the first nine holes compared to 8 under for the PGA threesome and 1 over for the LPGA team. The PGA and LPGA squads each earned $100,000.
For the back nine holes, the Champions won $300,000 with a 6-under effort while the LPGA and PGA both finished at 5 under. The LPGA and PGA teams split $150,000 for tying on the back nine.
Price was backed by strong efforts from Champions teammates Jay Haas and Fred Funk. Haas went 4 under for the front nine and 2 under for the back, while Funk was 2 under for both nines.
“I hit my irons great today,” Price said. “My distance control was good and I was dialed in. And then I made a couple of nice putts early on. I was a little jumpy on the back because we had some tough pins, but I holed some really nice putts, some very key putts.
“I was really happy with the way I played. Maybe the way I played on the front nine lifted the guys for the back nine.”
Price and Haas had one bogey each while Funk didn’t have one over 18 holes. But Price and Haas both followed their bogeys with birdies.
Price followed his bogey on 11 with a birdie on the par-3 12th that missed being a hole-in-one by 3 feet. Haas bogeyed the 13th and then recovered with a birdie on the par-4 14th.
“It’s always nice to bounce back that quickly after making a bogey,” Price said. “I really felt like I shouldn’t have made a bogey because I played so well.”
Kenny Perry led the PGA Tour team with 6-under 66 (32-34) and was followed by Stewart Cink at 67 (34-33) and Rocco Mediate with a 69 (34-35).
Natalie Gulbis and Cristie Kerr tied for the LPGA scoring lead with 67s. Gulbis, who played in her first event after missing two months with a back injury, had a 34 on the front nine, while Kerr opened with a 35.
Kerr’s birdie on the 18th hole allowed the LPGA to tie the PGA. Helen Alfredsson, the LPGA’s third golfer, carded a 78 (40-38) that included a 4-over 7 on No. 6.
Alfredsson’s tee shot landed on a rocky hill that was right of the hole. Her next shot landed on the green, but it was about 45 feet from the hole.
The Challenge, which will be aired at 3 p.m. on Dec. 13-14 on ABC, raised $3.7 million for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.