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Q&A Nick Price

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 07:12 PM
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Reigning Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am champion Nick Price was back at the site of his only Champions Tour victory Tuesday.

The South Africa native, who has three top-10 finishes in five Champions Tour events this season, took time to answer a few questions from The Tampa Tribune during media day at TPC Tampa Bay in preparation for the April 16-18 event.

What is your favorite course inside the United States and why?

Pine Valley (in New Jersey). It's an architectural masterpiece and the greatest piece of property, outside of having oceanfront, that you can have. It's just so beautiful there. To me, it's a golfer's nirvana.

What is your favorite course outside the United States and why?

Muirfield in Scotland, where they play the British Open. Again, it's not a long course, but it's got a beautiful diversity of holes. Architecturally, a wonderful golf course and one of the true, true links courses.

When was the last time you remember paying for a round of golf, and where was it?

Mexico. A buddy and I - I've got a place down in Cabo - and we had to pay $50 to play there. But it was all right. That was 2003.

When was the last time you took a mulligan?

Every Friday when I play with my buddies (laughing). If I'm waiting for them to warm up and I've warmed up already, you know, and the first hole, mulligans, yeah. I wish I could have some in a tournament every now and again (laughing).

What is the best shot of your golf career?

The Canadian Open in 1994, 16th hole. I was one ahead of (Mark) Calcavecchia, who was playing in front of me. Par-5, 16th hole, it was a little downwind and I hit a driver and had 222 yards. Pin was on this little plateau on the right-hand side, and I just ripped the most pure 2-iron I've ever hit in my life under the circumstances. I pitched it on the front edge and ran it up about a foot behind the hole and made that for eagle, and I went on to win. So that was a key shot at the time.

Who is you favorite non-golfer athlete?

I've always admired people who were successful but have humility as well, and Byron Nelson was one of those. Byron Nelson was one of my all-time favorite people in the world, as a golfer. As another athlete, I respect (tennis star Roger) Federer a lot because I think he handles himself with a humility and a grace. It's one thing to be a great athlete, but it's another thing to be grateful and thankful for the opportunity that you've had, and I think Federer has done a great job in doing that. (Hockey star Wayne) Gretzky was another one that I enjoyed. Probably one of those two.

Who would be in your dream foursome?

My father (Ray), Bobby Jones, and this one is going to floor you, but probably one of the men I respect the most is Winston Churchill.

What is the one piece of advice you'd give to young golfers?

Have fun. If they can't have fun playing golf; there comes a time when there's a pressure on a young kid when he starts playing well and they lose sight of the enjoyment side of golf, and that is the one thing that I try to express to parents with their kids when (they ask), 'what should I do?' Give them access to the golf course, but make sure they have fun, because if they don't and it starts being work for a teenager, then he's going to quit.

What's in store for you after your playing days are over?

A lot of fishing and shooting; bird hunting. My wife and I want to travel the world, but I want to travel the world without my golf clubs. I've been to so many beautiful parts of the world with my golf clubs, where wherever we go, Austrailia or wherever, we get there and Tuesday I am on the practice tee, and Wednesday's a pro-am, then Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday I'm playing golf. And my wife says, 'Ah, I went over here. It was so nice. I've got some pictures.' And so, I've always felt cheated a little bit that I was going to these beautiful places and all I was seeing was the hotel, golf course and maybe a couple of restaurants.

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