Zimbabwean golf legend Nick Price at one time thought his illustrious career had come to an end after suffering a career-threatening elbow injury which sidelined him for 15 weeks.
Price, 55, who now competes in the 50 years-and-over Champions Tour, tore two tendons in his left arm and was forced to withdraw from the Champions Tour event in Florida in April.
The decorated veteran golfer however made a comeback this weekend when he took part in the 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota, finishing the 54-hole tournament in tie 39th after carding a five-under-par 211.
“It’s been a real tough 15 weeks. The longest layoff I’ve had ever,” said Price, a hall of famer who was the world number one player in the mid-1990s in an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“For a long time, I thought this was a career-ender. I’m just hoping. I’m here; I’m going day to day,” Price, who applies heat to the elbow before he plays and ice when he’s finished.
Price, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest sportsmen to come from Zimbabwe, is in his sixth year of competing on the 50 years-and-over Champions Tour.
The Florida-based golfer has won 51 times around the world, including three majors and in the process cashed more than $25 million in tournament cheques.
The former Prince Edward schoolboy in Harare, then Salisbury, was widely regarded as the best player in the world in the 90s – a point that was proven when in 1994 he won two majors back-to-back, the Open Championship and the PGA Championship, adding to his first major, the PGA Championship, two years earlier.
He topped the PGA Tour money list in 1993 and 1994, setting a new earnings record each time, and spent 43 weeks at number one in the Official World Golf Rankings. Price was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.