Born: January 28, 1957
Height: 6 ft
Birthplace: South Africa
Turned Pro: 1977
Nick Price was born in South Africa but spent his early years in Zimbabwe (formerly called Rhodesia). After his schooling was complete, Price joined the Rhodesian Air Force before turning professional at age 20.
Price played all around the world and on several different tours before becoming a full-time member of the PGA Tour. He flashed an early glimpse of his potential when he finished in a tie for 2nd place, and only one shot out of a playoff, at the 1982 Open Championship which was won by Tom Watson. In fact, Price led late into Sunday’s final round that day at Royal Troon.
Price won his first PGA title the next season at the 1983 World Series of Golf, holding on by four shots over Jack Nicklaus.
Price continued to play solid golf during the next eight years but failed to win again in America. There were flashes of brilliance including a record round of 63 during the 1986 Masters Tournament and a runner-up finish to Seve Ballesteros at the 1988 Open Championship.
Beginning in 1991, Price went on a run that would take him to the top of the Official World Golf Rankings. He won the Byron Nelson and Canadian Open in 1991. In 1992, he won his first Major, the PGA Championship, beating four players including Nick Faldo by three shots. In 1993, he won the prestigious Players Championship by five shots.
1994 was a season for the ages. Price won the final two Major championships of the season. He held of Jesper Parnevik to win the Open Championship by a single shot and captured his second PGA Championship by a more comfortable six strokes. Price won six events during the 1994 season. He led the PGA Tour money list in both 1993 and 1994.
Price has 50 professional wins on his resume. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.