Barrington, R.I. When Brad Faxon's 45-footer came to a halt short of the front of cup on the 18th green, Mark Calcavecchia figured it was safe to leave the locker room for lunch.
Oh, sure, the legendary Gary Player still had an opportunity to force a sudden-death playoff by sinking a 15-foot birdie.
But Calcavecchia was pretty confident the old guy would miss and that he and Nick Price would claim the CVS Charity Classic title on Tuesday at R.I. Country Club.
"Everybody knows what a great putter Brad Faxon is," Calcavecchia said. "I was more worried about Brad than Gary, to tell you the truth."
But if Calcavecchia was a bit surprised to hear the roar of the crowd and see 66-year-old Player happily flexing his muscles in the manner of a young Charles Atlas after he had dropped his putt into the absolute center of the hole, Nick Price wasn't.
"I know what kind of competitor that man is," Price said of his fellow South African. "He wants to beat you like a drum every day."
In the end, Faxon and Player wouldn't have the last laugh in the tournament's playoff.
Price ensured that he and Calcavecchia would split the $210,000 first prize by hitting a brilliant pitching wedge and sinking a tricky 312-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole.