120th U.S. Open At Winged Foot: Time For The Dreaded Predictions | Dog Leg News

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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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    baxter cepeda

    Definitely no definitive pick from Tom. Would love 1 name.

    Not sure I’ve ever picked DJ but I cannot get past The champ as my pick now. The brothers are strategizing so well. Bombing when appropriate. Laying up wisely. Executing the wedges. Putter cooperating. DJ is in a great spot. He’s at borderline DJ v. the field level, so why not pick him?

    Chamblee pointed out the fairways are so narrow it often comes down to short game at Winged foot. For this reason Phil has a more realistic chance than he is getting. So much so I would take a long shot bet on him.

    Tiger is tiger. Old or not He can win. Always. Tiger just needs a clean start. He needs to knock some putts in early and it’s on.

    Toms list of contenders is long as always but if I could bet in my state I would put some cash on these 3.

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      Tom Edrington

      Baxter: It’s simple — just go to the first guy on my list, first guy in the first tier — Collin Morikawa, a master bunker player, great developer of a game plan and a true control player with tee shots and irons!

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        baxter cepeda

        Ok. But don’t be fooled Tom.

        There are similarities to the pga but Collin has to be the last guy to bet on, if anything simply because what are the odds to win back to back majors?

        Morikawa is awesome but he is not in his home turf this time. He is about as far from home as it gets.

        This place doesn’t play long like Harding Park at 7234 yards, it is long at 7477.

        While strategy should be important especially in a US Open, is it in reality? And btw no one is strategy golfing better than my pick DJ…yea I said it.

        As we have seen strong guys usually have key advantages from US Open rough, which we have seen with Woodland, Koepka, and DJ. Tiger back in the day; I do think tiger still has it in him to keep up with the big boys from the rough but is way better off hitting fairways and making putts.

        Koepka would have been a great bet if healthy. Bryson has the tools but his experiments have him playing a bit too aggressive for this place.

        This all leaves another likely showdown between DJ and Rahm; the duel at Olympia Fields was the most similar setup to this week. Rahm is another great bet as his composure continues to improve.

        Guys like Morikawa and my golfer JT seem to be at a disadvantage this week to the big boys.

        But maybe Winged Foots aura is fooling me.

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          Tom Edrington

          Baxter: At the end of the day, if we checked in with Sir Nick, he’d say: “Whoever drives it best, hits their irons the best and putts best will win.” That being said, scrambling will play a huge part this week because everyone is going to get into a jam at some point….I think Collin has the mind, the strategic ability and short game to contend and if he’s in the mix, well, he’s not afraid of the big moment….fact. I’ll stay with him.

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    baxter cepeda

    I was on the right track at least

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