Bill Glasson stood on the terrace at Congressional Country Club, still dazed from his victory in the Kemper Open and suddenly tired.
"Can we get out of here?" he wondered.
"No," said J.B. Murdock, who then turned to a bystander and added, "He's got to learn this."
Glasson had to spend at least another hour with the television crews before he could go home, but at least home isn't far away. Congressional got a home team victory when Glasson, who is living in Potomac, shot 66 -- 278 yesterday to defeat Larry Mize and Corey Pavin by a stroke and win his first tournament on the PGA Tour.
Glasson, 25, a blond from Fresno, Calif., with a touch of vagabond in him, lives with Murdock, a member of Congressional and a tournament official, when he is in the East. He has used Congressional club pro Kent Casey as his teacher since last year, his rookie season on Tour.
"It's a local victory," Glasson said. "It's about as local as I get."
So many people helped him to his victory that by the end of the day he was speaking in first-person plural. "We worked hard for this," he said. Surrounding him at the clubhouse were his fiance, Courtney Engstrom of San Diego; caddie Mike Harmon; Casey, and Murdock.
Glasson and Murdock met last year when they played a practice round before the Kemper.
"He was traveling in a trailer and he had it parked in a lot out on Rte. 1," Murdock said. "We enjoyed ourselves and I told him to stay with me, and he's been doing it ever since."
"He'll probably kick me out if I don't clean the bathroom tonight," Glasson joked.
Glasson, who seems more like a surfer than a golfer, proved equal to his new role of ingenue and home town boy. A dry wit went with his round of eight birdies.
"If I didn't play golf, I'd probably sell real estate," he said. "It's the only thing I'm qualified for."
Glasson, whose mother does sell real estate in California, has had three operations on his left knee and one on his right. He is due for one more operation and wears braces on both knees.
"I have no concern about the future of my knees," he said. "One more operation in the fall and I'll be fine."
He had his first operation when he was 15 as a result of ligaments torn playing basketball. Doctors told him his career as a sportsman was over.
"Golf was the only sport left I could play," he said. "I'd played since I was about 10, but I didn't even have a real lesson until I was 18, so I've had to change almost everything about my game. That's why it's taken me so long to get out here."
To compensate for his weak knees, he lifts weights. As a result, he has some unorthodox strokes that make use of his powerful arms and back. He was the driving-distance champion on the Tour last year and is currently fifth, averaging 276.5 yards.
That's where Casey comes in. The Congressional club pro has helped him iron out his game since last year and worked with him on the driving range all week.
"He does a lot of unusual things, but they work for him," Casey said. "I just try to fine-tune him so he hits the ball solid. He has a tremendously strong upper body and he tends to favor his knees, so he's top-heavy. We do the best we can with what he's got."
Another instrumental helper was caddie Harmon, who spent hours with him on the range and talked him through the final holes. Harmon caddied for Glasson in a tournament last year and expected to become his permanent caddie, but Glasson lost his playing card when he didn't make the top 125 on the money list. He collected only $17,845 and finished 162nd.
He returned to qualifying school this fall and finished a lowly 47th, barely regaining his card. Harmon, convinced Glasson was about to begin playing well, finally rejoined him two weeks ago after caddying for Andrew McGee.
Glasson's recent record indicated he might be ready to win. He has made the cut in eight of the 13 tournaments he has played and had earned $145,276 before his $90,000 check yesterday. He tied for fifth at the Bay Hill Classic and for 12th in the Las Vegas Panasonic.
"We knew something good was coming," said Engstrom, who plans to wed Glasson in November.
Glasson's career includes only one previous victory, in the Northern California Open, a minor tournament. He was an all-America at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, "but I was a hacker."
He, too, knew that he was about to make a leap on the Tour. "Everybody felt I was on the brink of something good," he said.