History

1992: Price earns a major

Champion: Nick Price, Orlando, Fla.
Site: Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, Mo.
Date: Aug. 13-16
Purse: $1,400,000
Par: 36-35 - 71 (7,148 yards)
Field: 151 Cut at 148 (85 players advanced)

Nick Price, a 35-year-old native South African and resident of Orlando, Florida, had come within three strokes of winning two major championships in his 15-year professional career. But near-misses never satisfy. Many followers of professional golf wondered if Price, give

n another chance at glory, would let a victory slip by. Price had give up his spot in the 1991 PGA Championship in order that he might attend the birth of his son. His caddie, Jeff "Squeaky" Medlen, was "loaned" to eventual winner John Daly. Medlen was with Price at Bellerive Country Club, and the good fortune of the bag-toter continued with Price.

Price made his move when Gene Sauers lost the wheels on a strong tournament performance. Sauers led for 59 holes before falling off, and challenger Jeff Maggert temporarily took charge through 11 holes of the final round before playing the final seven holes 5 over par.

Price grabbed the lead for good with a birdie on the 222-yard 16th, drilling a 2-iron 25 feet from the flagstick. After John Cook chipped in from the fringe, Price made his putt for a two stroke edge. He then salvaged par on the final two holes for a three stroke victory over Cook, Sauers, Nick Faldo and Jim Gallagher, Jr. Price became the eighth foreign-born PGA Champion.

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