After eight years, Nick Price finally captured another PGA tournament. That's not what will be remembered about the 1991 Byron Nelson Classic.
The historic first intrusion of television's instant-replay into professional golf overshadowed Price's win.A PGA decision based on an instant replay cost Tom Kite a stroke and his momentum as he fell out of contention Sunday. Price, of Zimbabwe, who hadn't won a tournament in America since the 1983 World Series of Golf, shot a 2-under par 68 to win the $198,000 first prize with a 10-under 270 over the TPC course at Las Colinas. Kite's 75 put him five shots back.
Kite, who won the 1979 USGA Bobby Jones Sportsmanship award, was furious that his judgment was questioned and overruled.
"I don't think television has any business making a ruling on the golf course," Kite said. "Putting an official in the trailer is a copout."
Mike Shea, tournament director of the PGA Tour, said "I don't necessarily disagree. A player on television is under the eye of the TV. Other players who aren't in contention aren't on television."
Kite hooked his tee shot into the water on the 331-yard, par-4 No. 11. He believed his ball had carried over a small point of land on its way into the water. Playing partner Phil Blackmar agreed.
Kite took a penalty and knocked his third shot into a bunker.
Then Kite went back to the tee at the request of Shea. Playing a provisional ball, Kite made double-bogey.
Playing the other ball in the bunker, too, he knocked it on the green and one-putted for bogey.
PGA official George Boutell, whose assignment was to watch television, ruled Kite's tee shot didn't cross land where Kite thought it did.
Shea also saw the tape and agreed with Boutell, giving Kite a double-bogey 6.
Price won by a shot over Craig Stadler , and two shots over Scott Simpson .
Meanwhile, in Nashville, Tenn., Nancy Lopez birdied the 15th and 16th holes for a round of 1-under-par 71 and a two-stroke voctory over Kris Monaghan in the Sara Lee Classic.
And in Las Vegas, Chi Chi Rodriguez recorded his third victory of the season by defending his title in the Las Vegas Senior Classic with a three-stroke margin over Walt Zembriski on Sunday.
Zembriski shot a 68. Gary Player was third at 208 and Bobby Nichols and Bob Charles tied for fourth at 209.