But the King was very tentative on Sunday as the Palmer-Barber team played the 2nd through the 11th holes in one over par while the rest of the field, led by Moody and Crampton, was speeding in the other direction.
On the kids' tour, Sarge was always considered one of the worst putters in the history of golf, but last week he was the hottest putter in Austin. Since acquiring a Slim Jim model putter with a 50-inch shaft that he braces against his sternum while controlling the stroke with his right hand, Moody, now 54. has gone from the ridiculous to the sublime. This year he ranks second on the senior tour in putting, and at the Vintage Invitational in March he was flat-out unconscious on the greens, finishing 25 under to win by 11 shots.
"That big putter keeps me from getting a little jerk in my stroke," said Moody. "I've never gotten a yip with it."
By the way, both Crampton and Moody said they never gave a second thought to trying to beat the boss. "Actually, we are the boss," said Crampton. "Deane's employed by us."