Now, along with better iron shots, the result of a change in swing, he has developed a new fiscal approach, mostly because he won little money late last season and poured a lot of his meager resources into an unsuccessful enterprise that promoted corporate golf outings. Besides, he and his wife, Marjorie, have split up. And so for his address, says Caldwell, "you can list: in transit. Home is where I put my head on the pillow, usually a cheap motel." He's proud of his scoring record this season, and also that he got by on $28 a night during the L.A. Open. "I used to think you had to spend money to make money," says Caldwell. "This year I'm going to make a lot of money and I'm going to spend nothing."
Thus last week the tour's second leading money-winner was home (sort of) on the Texas range, in Abilene, visiting Jana. But some things never change. Caldwell says he's at his worst in practice rounds. During his break, he played a few holes with some amateurs at Abilene's Fairway Oaks Golf & Racquet Club and wound up getting buried, one day losing about $70. "I got to get out of here before these guys get the whole ninety-nine thousand," said Caldwell. "This country club stuff is rough."