Daly contends that he is more focused than ever, but his words are noncommittal. "I'm hanging in there," he said. "But right now I've got no expectations. Just to come out and play and get through a full year. The things I want driving me crazy are the chances to win, not, "What am I doing out here?' "
By all appearances, Azinger, Strange, Stewart and Wadkins know exactly why they have played a full West Coast swing—to recapture former stature.
Of the four veterans, Stewart has played the best, with a tie for fourth in Phoenix and a fifth at Pebble Beach, while Azinger, who is playing his first full season since missing most of '94 due to lymphoma, began the year with a tie for fourth in Hawaii. Strange came the closest to winning, finishing tied for third at the Bob Hope after dunking his four-wood approach to the par-5 90th hole. Wadkins has been slow to emerge from a 1994 in which he finished 185th on the money list and made only nine cuts in 25 appearances, but he played well in Los Angeles, getting in the hunt with a 66 on Saturday and closing with a 69 for 274, six strokes behind Pavin. Wadkins's tie for seventh was his best finish since a tie for third at the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic back in 1993.
"We are not chopped liver," said Wadkins, speaking for the foursome. "We do not like to play poorly, and we want to make it back. A lot of it is pride. I was embarrassed by the way I was playing before. This is a lot better."
Wadkins's is just one of the loose ends that are sure to be further addressed as the Tour changes time zones. If it and a few others get tended to, then the West Coast served as a worthy warmup.