Ray Floyd made a discovery.
After more than a quarter-century as one of the world's most accomplished touring pros and the winner of four major titles, he found pro golf still had new experiences to offer."I never felt anything like that in my life," Floyd said Saturday of the four-foot putt he confronted for a $75,000 prize in golf's Skins Game.
"I can't describe it. I can't explain it. I've stood over lots and lots of putts to win tournaments.
"But this wasn't like that. This was right now. Immediate. In a tournament you kind of ease into it.
"But this is a very different thing. Something I can't explain. It's instantaneous."
Floyd, making his first appearance in the four-man, two-day, 18-hole Skins Game, made that important putt, won five skins and then added another $15,000 with his fourth birdie of the day on the sixth hole.
Jack Nicklaus, showing no evidence of the back troubles that bothered him most of the season, birdied the last two holes Satuday and won $75,000 at the halfway point of the made-for-television event.
Lee Trevino, whose hole in one propelled him to a Skins Game win last year, and heavily-favored Curtis Strange were shut out.
Another nine holes, with a total of $285,000 up for grabs, will be played Sunday at the difficult PGA West course.
"I know Raymond wants to go out and play nine more - at least nine more - right now," said Strange.