A Homa Heist: Magic Max Takes Genesis From Tony Finau - 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

    Arguably more Painstaking for Sam than Tony considering how long he held that lead.

    But man gotta feel for Tony despite everything that sines with second.

    To his credit finau was aggressive all day and pulled off most of it. His putting is the best it’s been.

    Imo 2 things limited Tony: a little too late to control his destiny in regulation and too many what if’s in the playoff.

    Tony’s pitch on 10 was too aggressive when all he needed was to leave himself a good putt as Max was still 12 feet away after that amazing recovery from the tree.

    Then of course finau pressed on the par 3 tee shot; Opening the door for Homa who almost followed Tony to the beach. But he didn’t.

    Tony’s putts on the 2 playoff holes were solid, but after a great week of putting they still didn’t go in when it mattered most.

    For max that missed putt at 18 required forgiving himself, which is awesome. This guy takes not choking serious; which I appreciate.

    The LA boy got the win thanks to that clutch pitch at what I call the best hole in golf; On what he called the best course in the world; where Max who shares a name with a special little person in my life; grew up watching the pros play as the story goes in the same place as yours truly.

    Pretty awesome.

    As for Tony, this latest 3 peat of painful seconds only leaves him searching for further improvement, which is scary to imagine if it ever comes together.

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      Tom Edrington

      To which Tony might reply: “Hey did you see what they paid for second?” Quick answer to that was just north of ONE MILLION DOLLARS……let’s repeat that ONE MILLION DOLLARS for second place…..Tony’s living the high life without winning, a point Jack Nicklaus made….in Jack’s day you had to win to make bigger money, that’s not the case anymore…..wondering what will become of the lawsuit filed against Tony by an early-days “sponsor.”

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        baxter cepeda

        Jacks point is irrelevant at this point. Everyone makes a lot of money but Tony is paying the price for not winning.

        As for the lawsuit hopefully it gets settled soon. It seems they owe that investor something; but not what he is asking for; which seems wrong to put young athletes in that position.


          Tom Edrington

          Just depends on what sort of document Tony signed, obviously didn’t have any lawyer friends to advise him on that…..oops.


            baxter cepeda

            Maybe the arrangement is he only has to pay a percentage of wins…

          2. Tom Edrington

            Doubt it, these “sponsors” want all they can get. Bloodsuckers.

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