The trick will be to turn Saturday success into a victory today.
A loser the last two years after holding at least a share of the second-round lead in the Champions Tour event at Glen Oaks Country Club, Price shot 6-under-par 65 on Saturday to match Tommy Armour III at 10-under 132.
Price three-putted the final hole in 2008 to hand the title to Jay Haas, then lost to Mark McNulty in a three-man playoff last year.
"I've got to keep doing what I'm doing and not get ahead of myself," Price said. "I still need to shoot a good score tomorrow."
Armour took a three-stroke lead into the second round, but shot 69 and missed a birdie putt on No. 18 that would have put him ahead.
Don Pooley, the 2003 winner, was 9 under after 65. Bruce Vaughan (66), Dan Forsman (68) and Russ Cochran (68) were another shot back.
Price entered the round four strokes behind Armour. But as has become Price's custom at Glen Oaks, he played lights-out in the second round.
"I feel better about my game this year than either of the last two years," Price said.
The 59-year-old Pooley's best finish this year was 10th at the Legends of Golf team event in April. But he shot a bogey-free round to stay in contention.
Mike Goodes, Gene Jones and Chip Beck were at 7-under.
Fred Funk, who like Price lost to McNulty in last year's playoff, shot the day's low round of 64 and was at 5-under.
NATIONWIDE TOUR: In College Park, Md., Korea's Jin Park is back on his game and tied for the 54-hole lead in the Prince George's County Open.
Park, who had missed the cut in five of his previous seven events, shot 5-under-par 66 on Saturday and is at 14-under 199. He's joined at that figure by B.J. Staten (68 on Saturday).
Aiken's Kevin Kisner found his putting touch and shot 67 to move into a tie for 21st place at 206. Kisner, who had putting days of 33 and 32 in the first two rounds, needed only 25 putts Saturday.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Newport, Wales, Germany's Marcel Siem shot 5-under-par 66 to take a 3-stroke lead, while Scotland's Stephen Gallacher set a course-record 63 at the Wales Open.
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn (68) and Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez Castano (66) shared second place at 8-under 205.
Gallacher, Graeme McDowell and England's Simon Dyson (65) shared fourth place at 7 under.
Oliver Wilson, the former Augusta State star, had 75 and is tied for 47th place at 216, 14 shots off the lead.