Nick Price, a two-time champion who has not played at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial since 2003, is among the first wave of golfers who have committed to play May 21-27 in Fort Worth.
Price, 55, won the event for the second time in 2002 but was overshadowed during his 2003 title defense by Annika Sorenstam, who received a sponsor’s exemption. Price has yet to return to Colonial. But he was on the commitment list released today by tournament officials.
“We’re ecstatic,” said Michael Tothe , Colonial’s tournament director. “For him to come back and play our event, it’s great. When you think of some of the best golfers in the history of the game, Nick Price is right there. He can still … compete at the highest level.”
Price, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, competes primarily on the Champions Tour and would have to skip the Senior PGA Championship on that tour to compete at Colonial. Other Champions Tour competitors and past Colonial champs on Monday’s commitment list included Fulton Allem and Keith Clearwater.
A total of 48 players are on Colonial's initial commitment list, including defending champ David Toms, Vijah Singh, Zach Johnson and Robert Allenby. Tarrant County residents with PGA Tour cards on today's list include Ben Crane, Brand Jobe, Ryan Palmer and John Rollins.
_ Jimmy Burch