2003: Three named to Hall of Fame

Nick Price, who won 17 times around the world in 1992-94 and has three major championships among his 18 PGA Tour victories, became the 99th member of the World Golf Hall of Fame May 6 in an announcement made by PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.

Price, 46, was named on 76 percent of the PGA Tour ballots that were returned, and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame Oct. 20 at the World Golf Village along with the late Leo Diegel, who was selected through the Veterans Category; Chako Higuchi, selected through the Lifetime Achievement Category; and 43-time LPGA champion Annika Sorenstam, who will become eligible for the Hall once she plays in her 15th LPGA event in this, her 10th LPGA season. Diegel and Higuchi were named to the Hall the previous week (Our Opinion, page 39).

Price, who was born in Zimbabwe and cut his teeth on the Southern Africa and European Tours, began playing the PGA Tour in 1983 and now makes his home in South Florida. He captured two PGA Tour money titles (1993-94), two PGA Tour Player of the Year awards (1993-94), twice won the Vardon Trophy (1993, ’97) and was ranked No. 1 in the Official World Ranking in 1994-95. He also won the Tour’s Payne Stewart Award in 2002, given to a player who shares Stewart’s respect for the traditions of the game.

In 1993-94, Price won 10 times on the PGA Tour, including the ’94 British Open and PGA Championship. He also won the 1992 PGA. In addition to his 18 Tour triumphs, he is credited with 23 international victories.

“Achievement, on and off the course, has marked Nick Price’s career,” said Finchem. “Nick will always be remembered for one of the dominant stretches in PGA Tour history, and that honor is an important part of his legacy.”

Players need to receive at least 65 percent of the vote on ballots that were returned (more than 80 percent of PGA Tour ballots came in, and nearly 70 percent of International ballots). Those coming closest who fell shy were Tom Kite (59 percent), Henry Picard (43 percent), Curtis Strange (38 percent) and Larry Nelson (37 percent) on the PGA Tour ballot and Ayako Okamoto (46 percent), Isao Aoki (45 percent) and Jumbo Ozaki (35 percent) on the International ballot.

– Jeff Babineau

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