Originally created 02/23/98

Price wins tournament for second straight year



SUN CITY, South Africa -- Zimbabwe's Nick Price overcame a "brutal" course Sunday to win the Dimension Data Pro-Am for the second straight year.

Price closed with a par 72 for a 12-under 276 and a five-stroke victory.

Mark McNulty, also of Zimbabwe, shot a final-round 73 and finished second at 281. South Africa's Tjaart van der Merwe was third at 283.

"They set the course up really hard today," said Price, an eight-shot winner in 1997 with a 268 score. "The rough was brutal. If you missed the fairway, you almost had to accept a bogey."

The lack of low scores on Sunday proved the difficult conditions of the Gary Player layout.

Only two players broke 70. Nico van Rensburg of South Africa and Fran Quinn Jr. of the United States each carded a 69, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively.