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Citing family time, Price withdraws from PGA Championship

Two-time PGA champion said he wants to extend his vacation. He'll be replaced in the field by Billy Mayfair.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Two-time PGA champion Nick Price withdrew Tuesday from the PGA Championship so he could spend more time with his family.

Price, who is No. 10 in the world rankings, will be replaced in next week's tournament at Oak Hill by Billy Mayfair. Nick Faldo (new baby) and Ian Woosnam (father's death) previously withdrew.

"At the request of his family, he has extended his family vacation," said Joy Eldridge, a spokeswoman in Price's office. She did not say where he was.

Price last missed the PGA Championship in 1991, when he returned home to be with his wife for the birth of their youngest child. He was replaced that year by John Daly, the ninth alternate, who drove through the night to Crooked Stick in Indiana and won the PGA.

Price won at Bellerive the following year, and won his second PGA in 1994 at Southern Hills when he was the game's most dominant player.

The last major Price missed was the 1996 U.S. Open, when he withdrew because of a sinus infection.

















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