Fade-in montage: A month later he wins the British Open. After that he holes a 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to win the World Series of Golf, wins the Suntory Open for the second year in a row, drops a 4-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to beat Crenshaw in the Texas Open, wins the New South Wales Open, sinks a 5-foot birdie putt on the last green to win the Australian Open and becomes Golfer of the Year.
For all of this. Rogers has yet to learn how to do one thing, which is kind of nice. He hasn't learned how to act like a superstar.
Only the other day he was sighing about the fact that he wouldn't be competing in the Crosby. The Crosby hadn't been something that he was aching to enter this winter, but his older brother. Rick, the Texarkana lawyer, had yearned to play in the glamorous tournament as Bill's pro-am partner. Beth, on the other hand, was hoping her husband would forgo the Crosby because that was the very week when she had hoped they could move into their new home near the Northridge Country Club.
Rogers went through the normal channels in asking if his brother, a good amateur player, could be invited to the Crosby. The answer was no. Rogers asked again, going to higher-ups among the Crosby officials, and then, after hearing nothing for a long while, learned that his request had been denied again.
Several people told Rogers he had gone about it the wrong way. He was the British Open champion, after all, and the Golfer of the Year. The Crosby officials should have been reminded of those facts. Did Rogers have any idea how Nicklaus would have handled it? Watson? Trevino? He ought to have used some muscle. All the Crosby officials would have to do to make room for Rick would be to ask some ad salesman or agency guy to spend the week in the bar instead of the ice plant at Pebble Beach. No brother, no Golfer of the Year. That's what the Crosby sponsors should have been told.
"Aw, I couldn't ever do a thing like that." said Bill Rogers, who is contentedly staying home in Texarkana this week, wondering when he and Beth are going out for some crayfish.