Last year's Tour earnings weren't much help. Mudd made only seven cuts. He played one tournament in April, one in May and didn't play at all in June and August. For the year he collected $27,868.
When the '95 Tour got under way, he played well at the Nissan Open in February, finishing in a tie for sixth, his first top-10 showing since the Nissan Open in 1993. But that was a false start. Since then he has played in only five events, missing the cut or withdrawing in every one. "I'm just trying to get the juices flowing again," Mudd says.
He would like to play well enough to qualify for the '96 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club near Louisville. His 10-year exemption for winning the Players does not extend to majors, and Mudd thinks it would be a good way to close out his career if he could earn a place in a major tournament so close to home.
"He just does what he wants to do," says his mother. "Yes, we'd love for him to be up there in the top 10. We love seeing him play. But he told me, 'Mom, I don't have to play golf ever again if I don't want to. I've got enough money.' He's just a different type of golfer. It's nice to take time and smell the roses."
Mudd was paired with Baker-Finch last Thursday in Memphis, just as they were in March at The Players Championship when Baker-Finch withdrew after shooting an opening-round 85. Neither has smelled the roses lately, certainly not the way Green has.