Norman, Price, Elkington and Frost Advance in Match Play
KOHLER, Wis. (AP) _ Zimbabwe’s Nick Price has that old feeling again.
Price easily won his first-round match Monday in the International Championship bracket of the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf, defeating Michael Campbell of New Zealand 4 and 2 over the 6,991-yard, par-72 River Course at Blackwolf Run.
``Confidence is a steady builder,″ said Price, who won a dozen tournaments worldwide in 1993 and 1994, including a PGA Championship and a British Open. ``It happens over three, four, five months, sometimes a year. You have the edge. When you have the edge, the ball just goes right for you.″
In other first-round matches Monday, Greg Norman beat fellow Australian Craig Parry 1-up, David Frost downed fellow South African Ernie Els 1-up and Steve Elkington of Australia beat Vijay Singh of Fiji 3 and 2.
Norman plays Elkington in the semifinals Tuesday morning and Price takes on Frost. The winners play in the afternoon to determine who represents the section in the finals Jan. 4-5 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The International winner will face Japan’s Hisayuki Sasaki, while American champion Scott Hoch will face Scotland’s Sam Torrance in the other semifinal.
The event has a purse of $3.65 million, with the winner receiving $1 million. Both the purse and first place prize are the highest of any golf tournament.
``Generally, I hit the ball well and putted well,″ Price said. ``I am starting to putt better. To me, my whole game revolves around my putting. I’m a streak putter.″
Price won three of the first four holes from Campbell and was 3-up at the turn. Campbell narrowed the lead to two holes with a par on the 10th hole, but Price birdied the 465-yard 12th and also won the par-5 16th to close out the match.
``I think to go back to 3-up at that point, it was hard (for Campbell) to recover,″ Price said.
Elkington, up one at the turn, took control of his match with Singh with three consecutive birdies beginning on the 11th hole and closed out the match on No. 16.
Frost hit a sand wedge to 8 feet on No. 16 and made the putt for a birdie to go 1-up. He won the match when he and Els both parred the final two holes.