Nick Price is a three-time major champion and a World Golf Hall of Fame member but he also will be remembered as a nice guy
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From Loren Roberts: "We were at that Kapalua tournament at the end of the year and the players and their wives were out on a whale watching cruise. Everyone had a couple of beers. Nick dove in the water. He popped up and mooned us. Now that was pretty funny."
From Tom Kite: "He smokes, man, he smokes."
Price is a smoker, but mostly cigarettes. He says he smokes three or four cigars a year when friends give him one. And, he says that when he plays in the Dominican Republic, he always brings some cigars back to his buddies. However, he says he doesn't smoke enough cigars to have a favorite, or even any way to talk about specific cigars.
Price, 54, has won three times on the Champions Tour through the early part of the 2011 season. He wasn't happy with the way he began his new career, but his swing consistency has improved and he feels better over the putter. When he's not fishing, he's working hard on his game, particularly now that his three teenage children, Gregory, Robyn and Kimberly, have their own active lives.
"It's truly amazing to be a parent and it's the highlight of my life, but it's now 'Hi, Dad,' and they are gone off to do things, so I have had more time to work on my game."
He feels good enough, in fact, to have played in the PGA Tour's Honda Classic where he finished in a tie for 55th place. Rory Sabbatini won the tournament. Now, he has to decide how many more times this year he will take on the host of younger players on the PGA Tour.
No matter where he plays, everyone will be glad to see him.
"How you can you be a great player and as great a person?" asks Tom Kite, rhetorically. "Just be like Nick Price."
Jeff Williams is a contributing editor for Cigar Aficionado.
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