2005: Nationwide Tour - Rochester all right for Price

ROCHESTER, N.Y.

One week out on the Nationwide Tour can change a player’s life. Rick Price can attest to that.

Price got up-and-down from greenside rough to save par and earn a one-stroke victory over Monday qualifier Andrew Pratt to win the inaugural Xerox Classic Aug. 21 at Irondequoit Country Club.

“I kept plodding along the golf course,” said Price, who won $99,000 for his first victory. “I think this validates all the hard work.”

Price moved from No. 117 to No. 26 in earnings. The top 20 money winners earn PGA Tour cards for 2006.

Price, who started the day tied with Todd Pinneo, shot 1-under-par 71 to finish at 11-under 269. Pratt also shot 71 Sunday.

Price birdied the 12th hole to get to 11 under, then parred in. His 7-iron approach to the final hole found a patch of grass outside a greenside bunker, and Price was able to chip to 18 inches from 30 feet.

“I was fortunate to draw a good lie on the last one,” Price said. “It was like it was on a tee. Somebody was looking out for me.”

Pratt, who was playing in only his second Nationwide Tour event, earned $59,400 and a spot in this week’s Cleveland Open.

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