I was chatting with Miller Barber, and the subject of his final-round 78 in the U.S. Open came up. "No sense thinking about it," Miller said. "What am I supposed to do, cut my throat?" Just then Bert Yancey walked over. "I know how you feel," Bert said. "I've been there, too."
Bert was referring to his own finish in the Open last year; he went into the last round a stroke ahead of Trevino but blew all the way up to a 76 and finished third. I was surprised Bert brought up his own collapse. I thought he would've pushed it out of his mind by now, but I guess you can't forget something like that so easily. Bert may have that thing preying on him every time he gets into contention in a major tournament. I wonder about that. On the other hand, I've never seen a player so dedicated to winning a major championship. That's all Bert thinks about.
Bruce Crampton has a great golf game, he may even have the ability to be the best on the tour, but he seems to think he's the unluckiest man in the world. If he hits a putt and it lips out, he'll say, "It couldn't have gone in. I putted it, didn't I?" Or if he hits a ball into a bunker, he'll say, "Well, that one's sure to be buried." Here's a fellow who's made a quarter of a million dollars in less than five years and he's convinced that he never gets a break.
I got him upset today. On the 2nd hole I hit a shot that landed just short of the green, bounced over a bunker and rolled up toward the cup. "That's the luckiest thing I've ever seen," Bruce said. "If that was my ball, it would have buried in the bunker."
Two holes later I hit an iron out of the rough, and my ball bounced over another bunker and almost on the green. Crampton threw his arms up. "That's it," he said. "That's it. I've never seen anybody so lucky in my life. I can't believe it. You better put a chapter in your book about how lucky you are."
I want it on the record. I've got a wonderful family, I really like almost every man on the tour and I won $175,000 this past year playing a game I love. I may moan and groan a lot, but I know one thing—I'm a lucky guy.