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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

    I’m as jaded with tigers chances as I can get. I’ve been saying I don’t see it without a Prep event, and I’m not sure the JP charity even is it. But who knows maybe it is. Tiger dealt with a lot of people at that event, which will help Tiger maybe feel more settled in at St Andrew’s. But just watching Tiger take super casual drops and what not, that’s not a real prep event.

    But what I am is I’m definitely looking at guys whom have done well at St. Andrews and Tiger certainly has. I feel tigers next Open at at Andrew’s will actually have a better chance to win than this one. But that’s not to say Tiger can’t plot himself around this track now. Even in his absolute physical prime Tiger played 2022 Tiger golf plotting himself around to win at the Old course.

    The other guy who stands out is Jordan Spieth. The guy basically had his third major in a row at st Andrew’s, the third leg of the grand slam, that year. He was playing the course incredibly well. Just a few mistakes and Zack was there to take it. But Zack’s not going to be there to take it this time. Honestly the more I think about it the more Jordy is my pick. It’s almost weird to say that.. I haven’t picked Jordan much in as long as I can remember.

    Rory is similar to Tiger. Well no one is similar to Tiger. But Rory has played st Andrew’s well. He knows the place really well. Like Tiger Rory has some handicaps —rorys handicaps being debilitating distractions from involving himself in all the big picture golf drama stuff. But to Rorys credit he has been solid on the course despite the distractions of doing everything he can to save Monahan. So yes he can do it.

    Fitzpatrick knocks it 5 feet past every hole. But on links it’s more like 2-3 feet past which is better. Point is his putter alone can get it done. He is not scared to putt to win like at all. Sure he shanked one, so did JT when he won at Southern Hills. We can no longer say a shank means out of contention for a while. Heck it might even be a sign of being ready to win now.

    Xander deserves some love for obvious reasons.

    That’s my 5.

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      Tom Edrington

      St. Andrews will be VERY firm and fast and there is good and bad with that…..drives can go too far and end up in trouble — especially those that are just a touch offline…..Keep an eye on the loop holes……it was blowing 25, 42 degrees, I was as sick as I’d ever been (thanks to that butt-head on the plane for coughing all over me) and I played the loop holes one-over (bogey at 7)…..These guys can birdie most of them, easily, some eagles as well….sure hope the winds blow to defend the Old Course…..

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        baxter cepeda

        Yea wind would be nice. But like Jack said who cares? Times change. Things change. Scores change. But as usual a great player will win.
        I’m pleasantly surprised at some of the brown patches already near the first tee and 18 green. If weather holds by Sunday that should be as scary as tight lies get. What I’m hoping for more than wind, is no rain.


          Tom Edrington

          I think rain is forecast for Friday morning, I’ll run the latest forecast in the Wednesday newsletter.

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    Harsh to leave Greg out of the Champions dinner, after all he did win it twice. Jus sayin….

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      Tom Edrington

      The R&A wanted no controversy to detract from the 150th Open Championship….simple as that..unfortunately Greg is the King of Controversy these days. Also no LIV players were invited into the media center this week.

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