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Nick Price receives special invitation to US Open

Nick Price, who has won a British Open and two PGA Championships in his 22-year professional career, has accepted a special exemption to compete in the 2005 U.S. Open Championship.

The U.S. Open will be played June 16-19 at Pinehurst Resort in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. The special exemption was offered after a vote by the USGA Executive Committee.

Price, 48, has played in 18 U.S. Opens, with a best finish of fourth in 1992 at Pebble Beach Golf Links and in 1998 at The Olympic Club. The top finisher at the 1994 British Open and a two-time winner of the PGA Championship (1992 and 1994), Price was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003. Earlier this year, he was presented the USGA’s annual Bob Jones Award in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.

For the past 18 years, Price has been among the top 50 golfers in the Official World Golf Ranking He has won 18 PGA Tour events and 24 tournaments worldwide, including 14 on the South African Tour and six on the European Tour.


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