He was two under. He needed one more and had one more chance to do it. His birdie putt on the 9th was tracking all the way. It tickled the lip ... and stayed out.
The old pro went into the scorer's room, signed his card and studied the field's scores on a computer. When he came out, somebody asked him if two under would be good enough to make the cut. "It's going to miss by a shot," the Hall of Famer said tersely. "It's going to miss by a shot." He was hot.
He packed up the car and got on the road, headed for the Tour's next stop. It might as well have been 1973 again. Tom Kite had found a way to turn back time.