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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

    Wow!
    Jim has a tough choice.
    Sure it was the Finau and maybe Xander showdown. Sure Tony had the deserved edge except for career wins. If xander won again, I was ready to change my opinion; even if he did not win because Xander is a better putter than Tony, and Xander may be short next to Tony but he is anything but short.
    All that being said two names have been on the back of my mind as possibile choices because they seem in form and have some amazing career wins themselves: Billy Hoershel and Keegan Bradley.
    Most of monday Billy looked like the one of these two which could crash the xander and Tony consideration party.
    But in the end it was one of the most patriotic golfers in the world which stole the show at bmw and beat even Tiger in the race to comeback to his full potential.
    It is an incredibly tough decision for Furyk but Keegan deserves incredible consideration, if not the nod from the captain.
    Sure, his last two years have not been as consistent as tony and Xande but he is clearly climbing faster this last year than the other guys in contention for the last Ryder Cup spot.

    Congrats to Justin Rose for being the best player in the world. I still remember that famous chip in in the Open when he was still a kid. We have known since even before that famous shot Rose is as classy as it gets so it is so fitting he gets his time atop the rolex owgr.

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      baxter cepeda

      Congrats to Tony Finau making the team. It is well deserved. The only knock on Tony is he needs a win, maybe it happens in Atlanta, but even better if it happens in France !

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        Tom Edrington

        I believe Tony’s skill set travels really well……his big improvements over the past two seasons have come in the short game, power’s a given, he’s still a work in progress, no telling how good he can be. Upside is huge.

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          baxter cepeda

          Absolutely.
          Volunteering A few years ago at the Sony I said directly to Finaus caddie he had the guy with the most upside on Tour.
          His upside is so huge he beat out a tour champion. And a major champion.

          Wins are the most important statistic. Imo
          Keegan not only won most recently after an incredible comeback 6 years in the making, he also has a major victory in his predigree, which for me speaks volumes.
          Again, I hope Jim gave Keegan some serious consideration. The process is set up for a story like Keegan exactly. Keegan was not giving himself much chace, which is obvious considering he thought Jims decision would not come till after next week.
          Keegan was mistaken but he is correct the US ahoukd wait till after the Tour Championship. Maybe they do next year in affition to fixing the playiffs and the messed up cup.

          The Ryder Cup is not for rewarding consistency. It is for rewarding winners whom are consistent. Statistics are incredibly overrated in this now geeked out process in how golfs famous veterans pick these teams. Winning on Tour is a psychological must.
          Which is why while it seems Tony has not won on tour, hopefully Finaus March 2016 victory in Puerto Rico was a major reason this likeable guy with close ties to where I live, was even considered.

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            Tom Edrington

            Just getting ready to write the next feature, Keegan was gifted this win by the guy who is supposed to be No. 1 in the world….can’t remember a standing No. 1 missing from four feet to hand someone a win, nonetheless, great victory for KB, it was a long hard road back after the belly putter ban.

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      Tom Edrington

      I think Jim knew who his guy was by Saturday.

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