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Tom Edrington

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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    baxter cepeda

    Having been in attendance at Pebble Thursday I can say there maybe should be an asterisk with Roses record tying 65.
    An Asterisk only because the usga actually maintained the greens in absolutely beautiful shape all the way to Rose draining that putt on 18; earning the Englishman very arguably the loudest roar heard all day at Pebble in front of the great man Tiger Woods.
    Seeing that moment, that scene from The spectacle that is Tiger mania at a US Open at Pebble, was worth the price of admission alone. But there were so many more.
    Was there a few things the usga could have done better, such as shorter shuttle time, smarter roping, tower placing, and media managing in order to provide paying customers with the best experience possible? Sure.
    But it certainly wasn’t a bad experience. It was a very great experience in fact.
    There’s a lot the usga had little to do with, such as this iconic course and the stars playing, but there’s also a lot they did —or didn’t do —to make it great too.
    The roars felt Masters-esque, which is a big part of what made it a great day for spectators and players.
    The usga would be smart to maintain this through Friday, then start getting cray cray with the setup over the weekend, not allowing themselves enough time to Brittney Spears this thing.

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      Tom Edrington

      Baxter: Appreciate the on-site report; Always enjoyed the US Open, they let media guys walk inside the ropes; I covered about 8 and caddied in one…..

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