How did shedding that match have an effect on your life?
I in all probability would have performed the tour longer. I don’t suppose it made me principally a unique particular person. I’ve usually mentioned, in my response, no one died. I had an opportunity to win a giant golf match, and I didn’t. It did have an effect, however on the similar time, I by no means felt prefer it destroyed me in any method.
Watching the ultimate spherical not too long ago, it seemed as if there weren’t any photographs on the final three holes you’d need to take again besides the method on 18, which missed the inexperienced. Is that proper?
That’s proper. I at all times heard, “Nicely, you hit to the fitting at 16.” I didn’t hit to the fitting at 16. I hit a draw. Why the ball didn’t bounce to the left, I don’t know. At 17, [where his approach finished a few yards over the green] I found the subsequent yr I had the fallacious yardage by three or 4 yards.
You thought the putt on 18 was in, didn’t you?
I believed the putt would simply barely transfer to the fitting. So, I hit the ball on the left aspect of the cup. And when it was about two ft away, it seemed prefer it had moved a bit of bit towards the outlet. I believed it was going proper in, after which it held on the left. It seemed like 1 / 4 of the ball was hanging over the outlet.
The following yr, I used to be taking part in a apply spherical on Wednesday afternoon after the Par three match. I used to be on my own. I began at 10. On the 11th inexperienced, Hord Hardin, the [acting] match chairman, advised me, “Ed, that was powerful luck final yr, however we really feel that you simply waited about 12 seconds to faucet it in, and beneath the principles you solely had 10, and if it had fallen in, we might have been in a dilemma, and we in all probability would have needed to penalize you a stroke.”