Price takes Canadian Open by one 5 straight birdies lead to victory


OAKVILLE, Ontario -- Nick Price had a string of five consecutive birdies and went on to a one-stroke victory in the 82nd Canadian Open Golf Championship.

"This is very, very special to me," Price said after his bogey-free, final-round 66 over the Glen Abbey Golf Club course.

"To win a national championship of this stature is so important to me. This will give me a lot more confidence than I've had before -- ever," he said.

Price scored his second victory of the season, and only the third of his nine-year PGA Tour career, finishing at 15-under-par 273.

The victory was worth $180,000 from the total purse of $1 million, boosted his season's earnings to $617,889 and assured him of a place in the season-ending Tour Championship later this year.

Price, who came from six strokes off the pace and had to climb over seven others in the final round, wasn't even thinking about winning when he went down into the 100-foot deep gorge that contains Sixteen Mile Creek and holes Nos. 11 through 15.

"I was still four or five behind then," he said.

But he birdied all of the holes in the area designated as The Valley but called The Hole by the players.

He climbed out with the lead in hand, finished off with three pars and watched by the 18th green as Fred Couples, David Edwards and Ken Green all fell short in comeback bids.

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