"Until a man falls off the end of the earth," says Zoeller, "which happened the other night, he thinks nothing is wrong. I think this one here kind of woke him up. It scared the hell out of him." Said another friend, "This could've gotten a whole lot worse before it got better." In a statement Daly said, "This disease is much tougher than I thought." He is not expected back on Tour for at least six weeks, probably longer.
Elkington, meanwhile, was carving up large parts of Florida and keeping them. He followed his 66 with a pretty 69 in the wind for a one-shot lead over Larry Mize, then opened the third round with three consecutive birdies. Nobody seemed to care.
That is because Saturday brought along Scott Hoch, who is upset at the lack of respect from the press for his accomplishments (12th in the world rankings and the fifth-highest-rated American, the 1986 Vardon Trophy winner for low stroke average on Tour, as gnarly a match player as there is). In fact, Hoch announced in February that he was no longer talking to the media and came into the interview room on Saturday after putting up the low round of the week—a 65—to explain why.
After a half hour of circuitous monologues, the basic Hoch complaint seemed to be that he is often misquoted. Misquoting will not happen to Hoch in this story. We quote him verbatim:
Press: Scott, after this tournament, will the media boycott resume?
Hoch: It hasn't 't been in too much force because I found out that nobody doesn't want to talk to you much when you don't do very good.
Elkington, meanwhile, continued on his merry way. Even with bogeys at 17 and 18 he had doubled his lead by nightfall to two shots, over Hoch. Elkington's interviews were much simpler to follow.
Press: Will you play differently with the lead tomorrow?
Elkington: I'll let it rip, don't worry.