Jeff Osberg reached into his wallet and pulled out tip money for his caddie. A $2 bill fluttered loose, and he tried to hand to it to his wife, Blaire.
She would have none of it. Osberg's semifinal victory Wednesday at the Philadelphia Amateur Championship meant he would need to hold on to the good-luck charm a little longer.
The ninth-seeded Osberg, who defeated Ray Thompson, 5 and 4, will play Nelson Hargrove, a 5 and 4 winner against Ben Feld, in the 36-hole final Saturday at White Manor Country Club.
A friend from his Huntingdon Valley Country Club gave Osberg the $2 bill before the opening round, but he has hardly needed luck. Since winning his round-of-32 match, 1-up, the 29-year-old from West Chester has closed out each of his last three matches with at least five holes remaining.