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I wanted to quit. And even my superhuman partner was starting to leave the ball out to the right. I tried to tell him he was going to have to set up more to the left because he was so tired he wasn't getting through on the ball, but he denied it.
We went forward, but I was just going through the motions, hacking at the ball, hoping to move it forward a few yards so that Bill could then take us a couple of hundred yards farther. Dr. Pettit came over and asked if I was all right.
"Yeah," I said.
"Why don't you come over and rest in the ambulance for a time. Let Bill hit it for a while. It's awfully hot," he said.
I said, "After one or two more shots."
But I didn't rest, and soon we were at the outskirts of Brady. The police were still there to help us get through. At that point we were 70 strokes under the pace for par.
A strange thing began to happen. The streets weren't exactly lined, but there were people waiting for us. And folks who had been following our progress over the radio were driving out to meet us, blowing their horns.
I don't know whether it was adrenaline or pride or some strange hormone, but my tiredness seemed to melt away. All of a sudden I realized that this was really and truly my Just One More Time.
We were using Bill's "chipper," a heavy, weighted club faced like a five-iron. And I was slugging it. Disregarding the plate glass factor, I was hitting the best shots I'd hit all day, straight down the street, carrying better than 100 yards and then rolling some 50 or 60 more.
And Bill and I were out in front of the "cart," jogging down the street. We got to the courthouse square in about five shots and then took that left turn toward the golf course. He hit and I hit and he hit again, and then I hit a four-iron about 200 yards. We were within 150 yards of the 9th hole of the Brady golf course when Bill lifted a beautiful nine-iron shot that settled about 10 feet off the green.