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Price matches Champions record with 60

Nick Price had seven birdies and two eagles in his 60.
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP)

Nick Price matched the lowest round in Champions Tour history, eagling two of the final four holes Friday for a career-best 11-under 60 in the Toshiba Classic.

Seeking his fourth victory on the 50-and-over tour, Price eagled the par-5 15th and 18th holes and had seven birdies in a bogey-free round at Newport Beach Country Club.

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''There was a flash in my mind when I eagled 15, I sort of thought to myself, if I birdie the last three holes, I can break 60,'' Price said. ''I've never done that before.''

The Zimbabwean joined several other players to have scored a 60 on the Champions Tour: Tom Purtzer in the 2004 event here, Isao Aoki (1997 Emerald Coast Classic), Walter Morgan (2002 AT&T Canada Senior Open), Bruce Fleisher (2002 RJR Championship), Jim Thorpe (2003 Long Island Classic) and Craig Stadler (2005 Blue Angels Classic).

Price, a three-time major champion with 18 PGA Tour victories, had a five-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer, Mark O'Meara, Mark Wiebe and Brad Bryant. Defending champion Fred Couples opened with a 66.

Price, 54, hit a 2-iron approach from 218 yards to 2 feet to set up the eagle on the 495-yard 15th, then chipped in from off the green on the 510-yard 18th.

At the beginning of the year, Price decided to make some switches with his equipment, switching his driver and irons and going with a blade belly putter instead of a mallet. They were similar to his old clubs, but with some minor adjustments.

''It's funny when you start playing well, it's not one particular thing, it's a combination of a lot of little things,'' Price said. ''The few times, three or four times that I've run into really good streaks in my career, that's what did it.''

Langer, coming off a victory Feb. 20 in the ACE Group Classic in Naples, Fla., had a double bogey on one of the easiest holes on the course when his 8-iron shot on the 143-yard, par-3 fourth hit the bank in front of the green and rolled back into the pond.

I could have hit maybe a 7,'' Langer said. ''I pulled my 8 a fraction and it still came up a little short. It might have been a 7.''

The 2008 Toshiba champion then bogeyed the par-4 sixth and failed to birdie the relatively easy 18th.

''I'm a little ticked off that I didn't birdie 18,'' Langer said. ''I had a beautiful drive down there.''

Australian Ian Baker-Finch shot a 74 in his Champions Tour debut.

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