"You know, afterwards you can find the ball?"
Edgar took this expression on his face like somebody just tried to explain algebra, then looked over at Pink, not knowing what to do. Pink turned away. Whatever they worked out before they started, it floated to the top now and wouldn't flush.
"I like my mashie," Edgar said.
"Then why don't you hit your mashie?" Mr. Packard said. Edgar looked off into the distance. "I can't get there with an iron," he said.
Mr. Packard almost whispered. "Then hit it twice," he said.
Edgar took the mashie instead of the driver and hit it a little ways up the fairway.
"There you go," Mr. Packard said. "You've still got the ball; you just saved yourself fifty cents."
After that, Edgar hit the mashie all the time, sometimes in the direction Mr. Packard pointed him, and pretty soon the match came back to even, and a hole after that, him and Mr. Packard was ahead, and all the presses had moved over to the other side. All of it double or nothing. Pink went to the parking lot between nines and refilled his flask; him and his partner was no longer speaking.
Train watched all this happen, but he still couldn't say afterwards how much of it Mr. Packard did and how much of it Pink did to himself. He knew Pink and the other two had got together before it started, but Mr. Packard was winning all the money again anyway, and seeing it all turning around like that, the fat man lost what little swing he had and was even worst than he was the day before, couldn't pull the trigger on nothing, and it didn't any of it, as far as Train could see, have a thing to do with golf.
At the end of the round, Pink went back into his pocket for the roll of bills. Mr. Packard watched him count it out—two thousand at least—seemed to satisfy him more to watch it counted out than the money did itself when he handed it over. The other man, the one who had come over to make sure of the bets as they walked up the first fairway, made a show of paying Edgar his money too, counting out the hundreds slow, so Mr. Packard would see.