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Defending champ Nick Price feeling a bit rusty for Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am

LUTZ — Defending champion Nick Price has low expectations for his play at this year's Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

Price recently spent 13 days touring Egypt with his family, getting back to his Jupiter home on Tuesday. With just one day of rest, Price began swinging his clubs again Thursday but didn't like the results.

"I'd be very surprised if I contended this week," Price said. "This is a golf course that is very penal, and you have to have your game. Stranger things have happened. It doesn't mean I'm not going to try and give it my best, but it wasn't exactly the way I wanted to come in here.

"But my family is more important than my career now. This was an opportunity with my son being 18 years old and off to college to probably be the last family trip we'll ever do."

Price has played in five Champions Tour events this year and tied for fourth at the Cap Cana Championship two weeks ago.

Ryder Cup talk: At the Transitions Championship last month, Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin said he will look at everybody, even older players such as Fred Couples and Tom Watson, when selecting his team.

"I'm looking at everybody; just because there's guys on the Champions Tour, it doesn't preclude them from my list," Pavin said. "Obviously Freddie is playing very well, and Tom has played very nicely. I have to see how those guys play when they are against their own age group or against a younger age group."

Couples laughed off the idea of making the 2010 Ryder Cup.

"That's for the younger guys," he said. "Maybe I could play on the Champions Tour Ryder Cup team."

Watson's week: Watson not only made the cut at Augusta last week, but he also found out that he will have a special exemption into this year's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He was proud of his effort at the Masters simply because he made the cut.

"It was a wonderful week," Watson said. "I finally made the cut with my son, Michael, on the bag. It really made it a special week."

As for the U.S. Open exemption, it means he gets to return to the place where he won in 1982.

"I knew it was in the making and there was a pretty good chance I'd get an exemption," Watson said. "It was the first really important championship that I ever played in, in 1972. It's one of my favorite places of all time."

Defending champ Nick Price feeling a bit rusty for Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am 04/15/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 15, 2010 9:30pm]
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