"I'm going to try to get him out there sometime the next few weeks and we can hang out. I don't know what his schedule is. He's starting to do some lawyering. He's got a little murder trial he's sitting in on.''
Tim Petrovic is thankful he and his brother are united again, because it wasn't so long ago that they were estranged.
"We had an unfortunate thing,'' Tim said. "We had a little falling out a year and a half before [Stephen's diagnosis] and we didn't talk to each other for a year. I just patched things up with him six months before, and then that following winter, he finds out. So I'm glad we got things [worked out].
"It's still a real shocker when you hear something like that. Because now I'm the guy always talking to the doctors and asking questions. [Stephen] doesn't want to know anything. I think he's scared to hear real answers. It's a 'No news is good news' kind of thing for him. The prognosis is good. It's highly treatable, but they don't know what causes it.''
Perhaps the return of his brother as caddy in the last tournament helped boost Tim's game.
Tim Petrovic, a Massachusetts native who now lives in Austin, Texas, made just his third cut in seven events at the Travelers Championship and a tie for 63rd gave him his biggest paycheck of the year ($12,871). His best finish is a tie for 50th at the Puerto Rico Open.
This week, he's posted three straight sub-par rounds (69-68-67) and has now gone under par seven straight times at the par-70 Old White TPC. Saturday's round included five birdies and two bogeys.
He stands to better his finish from last year - the first time he made the cut in three tries at the Greenbrier Classic - a tie for 38th at 5-under 275, which earned him $24,400.
"I'm working on trying to hit more fairways,'' Tim Petrovic said, "and more greens - more greens in particular. Get the putter in my hands. I was trying to keep a clean card [with no bogeys] and then get something going tomorrow, but I wasn't able to do that.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.