O'Grady even threatened (gasp!) to bring 60 Minutes in to investigate, which they would be more than happy to do. Hello, I'm Andy Rooney. Don't you just HATE it when....
The last thing on O'Grady's mind at the L.A. Open was winning the L.A. Open, even though he led by one stroke after 36 holes. Ever try to swing with a 250-pound chip on your shoulder? Besides, "there are more important things to win," he said.
And so the minute detail of actually playing golf was left to the Edmond, Okla. tag team of Tewell and Willie Wood (whose wife is named Holly) and the cherubic Trixler, who had won all of $959 this season. One company offered Trixler more money than that just to wear its visor during the final round. (He declined.) Fame also meant taking this phone call:
Hey, Dennis, you're the greatest. I've been following you ever since we played together in Syracuse.
"I've never played in Syracuse."
Sure you did. We first met at Florida State. You 're sure doing good.
"I went to Fresno State."
You mean I've been following the wrong guy for two years?
"Sorry about that."
I could've been following somebody GOOD.