Both of the Sutherlands participated in another chase scene, this one at the '87 U.S. Amateur in Jupiter Hills, Fla. Leaving the course, David and Kevin decided to have a race from the clubhouse to their car in the parking lot. David took a shortcut, hopping a temporary fence. Oops. On the other side was a 10-foot drop. He broke his right wrist and couldn't play golf for almost a year.
The Sutherlands hit the Nike tour together in 1990. David made it to the big Tour in 1992 but only lasted a year. Kevin got there full time in '96, with David joining him in '97. Both had their best seasons that year, Kevin finishing 52nd on the money list and David 84th. Frankly, no one expected them to make it. "All three of us were mediocre golfers," says Tim Loustalot, a teammate at Fresno State who tied for second at last year's Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic. "We didn't win any U.S. Amateurs or anything, but the next thing you know, we're on Tour. That people didn't give us a lot of credit in college probably spurred us on to be Tour players."
The truth is, Linus and Pigpen got game. Neither has won yet on Tour, but they've been close. Two years ago David had a 50-foot putt on the final hole of the Greater Milwaukee Open to tie Scott Hoch for the lead and narrowly missed. Kevin lost to Phil Blackmar in a playoff at Houston in '97. This year Kevin was paired with Tiger Woods in the final twosome on Sunday in the Buick Invitational and tied for fourth.
Overall, Kevin's game is the better of the two. He's solid throughout the bag, is strong mentally and looks ready to win. "Kevin is one of the best players I've ever seen out of the rough," says Paul Goydos. "Maybe Jack Nicklaus was better, but he's about the only guy." Kevin is currently 64th on the money list.
David is streakier. His strengths are usually his putting and his iron play, but this year he has struggled in almost every area and has missed the cut in nine of his 15 starts. He is 138th in earnings.
David's goofball image is deceiving. He was a history major in college and is a Civil War buff. As a golfer he is an accidental tourist. He unexpectedly made it through Q school on his second try, in the fall of 1991. "I didn't imagine in my wildest dreams that I would play the Tour," he says. "I thought I would play golf around the world—Africa, Asia, Australia—and eventually get a real job. Then all of a sudden I had a Tour card."
Now the Sutherlands are practically Tour veterans. David even landed an endorsement deal. He represents Jelly Belly jelly beans. His top three flavors are tangerine, juicy pears and root beer.
Kevin? He hates jelly beans.