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Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    Can’t argue with much of this. I might have included Justin Thomas in the top group, but, whatever.

    The thing that is amazing is that nowhere on this list does Jordan Speith appear. Even more incredible to me is that I can’t disagree with his absence. Sad.

    I just saw a clip of him on the range. The pundits seemed to be agreeing that there is too much analysis and intensity and not enough just playing golf. Maybe. Hope he gets it going, because his presence as a factor is missed.

    Also would like to see DeChambeau make a run. Interesting player with his quirks, and I was very impressed with his graciousness after the Memorial. You could tell that he sincerely understood the honor of having that handshake from Jack and that few minutes of quiet conversation.

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      Tom Edrington

      RM: Thanks for weighing in. Was just talking to a friend who made the same observation you made. I asked, Jordan Spieth has been driving it crooked, hitting irons off-line and his putting has been an absolute disaster over the past couple of months– can he make that all go away in one week? I don’t think so but stranger things have happened in major championship golf. Wish he would contend but don’t expect him to. For once, he’s pretty much under the radar and look for us to address that tomorrow, on the eve of the championship.

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