'Just bad, you know?' he said Thursday.
He would seem to have no worries despite a dour season that has put him at No. 128 on the money list. Calcavecchia won the Canadian Open last year, so his PGA TOUR card is secure for 2007 when the season gets an overhaul with the FedExCup.
But that isn't good enough.
With only his pride and a spot in The Players Championship riding on his performance in the Chrysler Championship, the 46-year-old Calcavecchia continued his resurgence Thursday with six birdies on his way to a 66, leaving him two shots behind Brian Gay.
'My back was bad most of the year,' he said. 'My putting (stunk). I pretty much mastered the tie for 68th this year. I can tell you exactly what it pays -- it doesn't add up in a hurry. Just grinding as hard as I know on Thursday and Friday to make cuts (21 of 26), and running out of gas on the weekend was pretty much the whole story of my year.'
But with that assessment came a glimmer of hope.
He tied for ninth last week at Disney. He even played well at Innisbrook during the pro-am. And then came a 66.
'Three more good rounds here,' he said. 'I'm playing well. I have some confidence. I know how to win a tournament, so you never know.'
Indeed, everything is up in the air at the Chrysler Championship.
This is the final full-field tournament of the year, the one event where most of the talk is on money. Some guys are trying to finish in the top 30 on the money list to get into the Tour Championship. Others will take top 40 and head to the Masters next year. The most critical number is the top 125 to sew up full status for 2007, and some would even settle for the top 150 to have at least conditional status.