It's A Mystery Why Price Can't Win

November 02, 2008

It is a mystery why Nick Price has yet to win on the Champions Tour, but the fact that he has failed to do so is yet another reminder that Hall of Fame credentials don't admit you to the winner's circle.

Price won 18 tournaments in his PGA Tour career, including three major championships, yet he was 0 for 32 on the Champions Tour entering the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Go figure.

It is of no consolation to him that he has company in this regard. Curtis Strange and Ben Crenshaw, each a Hall of Famer with two major championships on his resume, also have failed to  win since turning 50. Strange is 0 for 75, Crenshaw 0 for 129.    And Mark O'Meara, whose record at least argues for Hall of Fame consideration (16 PGA Tour victories, two majors and a U.S. Amateur), hasn't won in 32 career starts on the Champions Tour.

The common denominator that might have been a portent is that none of this group was still competitive on the PGA Tour when he reached his 50th birthday.

The cruel irony is that past success serves only to illuminate current failures.