Premium on 'been there, done that'
By Ivan Maisel
If you want to win the U.S. Open, and you can't be a 27-year-old tycoon with a dazzling smile and eight major championship trophies, your next best bet is to be on the north side of 40. That's years, not strokes.
|Scot Hoch, 47, has won five times since turning 40 (including once in 2003), and finished in the top-10 at Bethpage last year.|
|Over the hill? Think again|
Nick Price believes the tour's
40somethings still have the desire -- and the game -- to compete
at the U.S. Open.
''The only thing I can say is that the 40-somethings are still
keen to play it,'' he said. ''If you have a look a (Jeff) Sluman,
Scott Hoch, just name any, there's a whole bunch that have really
One of those is Price himself.
The 46-year-old had a final-round 5-under 65 at the Byron Nelson
Championship earlier in the year, finishing as the runner-up to
Vijay Singh. That came after he tied for fifth at the Wachovia
Championship in North Carolina.
Price also cited the improved play of 43-year-old Fred Couples,
who won the Houston Open in April by four strokes.
''The reason Freddie played well is because -- he'll be the first
one to tell you -- he got off his backside and stopped watching
TV,'' Price said with a laugh. ''His back was better and he started
playing a little bit more.''
Price knows he and Couples won't be the favorites at the Open.
That doesn't mean they should be counted out, though.
''Being 40something, the only negative to it is that you don't
have a lot of time left,'' he said. ''But if you've got the desire,
I think as all the guys are showing, it still can be done.''
-- Associated Press
|-- Mark O'Meara|