Scott Verplank won an NCAA title, a U.S. Amateur and a PGA Tour event while attending Oklahoma State, and he remains one of the Cowboys' biggest boosters. So what was he doing catching up on the Oklahoma Sooners on Sunday?
Verplank had to withdraw from the Deutsche Bank Championship with a left wrist injury so severe that he couldn't control his club through the swing. He wanted to get an MRI on Sunday, when the offices are closed. Because his doctors also are aligned with the Sooners, his only hope was for injuries to the football team that required tests. That way, doctors could squeeze him in.
"No one from OU got hurt," he said Monday night. "And today was a holiday."
Verplank wound up 70th in the FedExCup standings, which made him eligible for the BMW Championship. He was to take a cortisone shot Monday night to try to play, then hope the MRI showed no structural damage.
"I might be able to play, but I won't know until Wednesday afternoon," Verplank said. "I've had quite a few cortisone shots, and I haven't had one make a difference for the first two or three or four days. This is a last-ditch effort to see if I can get one to work.
"I'm not going to tee it up if I can't grip the club."
Verplank was outside the top 70 until Charlie Wi birdied the last hole to go from a four-way tie for 21st to a four-way tie for 18th. Kris Blanks, who had been tied with Wi, slipped into a three-way tie for 22nd and finished two points behind Verplank.
"I texted Charlie and told him I owe him a steak dinner," Verplank said.
Maybe more than that. The bonus money for 70th place in the FedExCup is $110,000, up from $80,000 for 71st place.