Cliff Kresge: The Aftermath
I never made it back to Congressional after Cliff Kresge's round on Friday. If you recall, when we left our hero, he was one-under for the tournament, tied with Tiger Woods. Then I went to Philadelphia for a wedding, where my hotel got the Golf Channel, which I watched obsessively, and I attempted to follow along, only because I was interested in Kresge, which is the truth, although I didn't see him take one shot. Stupid Golf Channel. Here are some notes.
Q: Which group did J.P. Hayes's wife tell you was the worst group to play in.
A: One group ahead of Tiger.
Q: Where did Kresge play on Saturday.
A: One group ahead of Tiger.
Q: Still, how did Kresge do in the third round?
A: Even par 70, giving him three rounds of 69, 70 and 70. This left him at 1-under for the tournament in a nine-way tie for 12th, and only one shot behind Tiger. It also had him paired with Brian Davis for the third time this week.
Q: The same Brian Davis who played basketball at Duke and is a partial investor in D.C. United?
Q: When Kresge was up in the Top 20, how many newspapers took note of his position, excepting for The Washington Post via its blogger.
A: None that I could find. And look, I'm not saying that the media necessarily should pay attention to obscure golfers with above-average rounds. I'm just saying as a spectator, the experience of following Cliff Kresge is a lot more intimate and insightful and enjoyable than the experience of following some guy who's following some guy who's following some guy who's following Tiger. But then I met Kresge's girlfriend Judy, and learned about how she decapitated a Clifford The Big Red Dog stuffed animal, and after that it's hard not to become a fan.
Q: By the way, how much money did Kresge's girlfriend think would allow him to breathe easy in terms of keeping his Tour card?
A: Maybe another $150,000 or so.
Q: Ok, so how did Kresge do on Sunday? Swell, right?
A: Well, he birdied No. 1 to move to 2-under for the tournament.
Q: Awesome. The Kresge Caboose must have been overflowing by this point.
A: And then he played the next eight holes in 8-over par, finished with a 6-over 76, and ended the tournament in huge group tied for 45th. He earned $16,515. Had he played a third-straight even-par round, he would have earned $168,000 and a Top 10.
Q: You're not really asking us to feel sorry for a guy who's already earned almost $600,000 this year, are you?
A: I guess not. I certainly make a lot less than that, so you can feel sorry for me if you'd like. But the thing is, if I write eight consecutive poor blog entries, I won't be costing myself $151,485. In fact, there's nothing I could do to cost myself $151,485, aside from burning down my house, and even that might not do it. Anyhow, this movement isn't about me, it's about Cliff Kresge.
Q: So how are you, personally, dealing with the disappointing ending?
A: By watching the Houston Dynamo Soccer-Tennis Championships, featuring MLS players heading balls over little nets. Wow, that's a long video. I wish DCU would hold a Soccer-Tennis Championship.
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