New South Welshman Aron Price has left his wife Lucy and newborn son Gibson back in the US in their Jacksonville, Florida home while he plays the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian – and he’s not feeling the least bit guilty.
“My wife is very understanding, if she wants a new couch, she needs me to play golf,” he said today after shooting a three-under 68 to hold the early first round lead.
The baby, named Gibson as that is his wife’s maiden name, is of course a welcome addition, but already he says it’s helped him with the frustration that builds at times on course.
“Yes, it’s taught me a little bit about my golf, just with patience. You think you lose patience out here, and trying to stop a little baby crying who’s crying for no reason – it sort of puts perspective on hitting a shot left or right, or whatever,” he says.
Price is one of those names who has bobbed up on leaderboards through the years since he turned professional in 2005, but he’s never quite finished things off.
He did at last year’s NSW Open at Castle Hill when he broken through for his maiden win on the Australasian PGA Tour but, with no TV coverage, only the true golf aficionados knew of the victory.
It did get him into the Australian Open last year and now he has full status at home when not playing the Web.Com secondary tour in the US.
Golfers normally like to defend a title, as Rory McIlroy is doing here this week, but Price did not return a couple of weeks ago when the NSW Open was played at Stonecutters Ridge and won by Victorian Anthony Brown.
Price does have a slight affinity with The Australian course as his coach Gary Barter is based at the club, but Price has only played the new layout three times, once with a member last year, with Barter and then in a small pro-am last January.
“I love it. It’s a cool course. They’ve taken away a few of the trees and it’s more playable for the average golfer, but around the greens it’s trickier. It’s become a little more like a Melbourne course with runoffs and more opportunity to putt from off the green. You obviously can’t short side yourself,” he said.
Tonight Price plans to be on either Skype or Facetime to tell her maybe that new couch will be on the way in the not too distant future. Last week, he finished tied fifth in the Masters and he continued that good form here at The Australian today.