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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

    The putter is a huge factor for Bryson. Make him not anchor (up the forearm) and Augusta Nationals greens can still control brysons scoring; even if he has wedge all day.

    Something is really off if a putter has more loft than a driver. Something is really off….

    mike Davis is smart to leave the usga to pursue golf course design. I wish I could leave to do golf course design. But for mike —with all the issues continuing to boil up—it’s smart to get out with his reputation in tact when he did.

    Augusta has been preparing for this. What they did at 5 is incredible. It’s a completely new hole that looks like the old 5 but walking you know it’s not the exact same hole. That’s definitely not a hole Bryson will overpower too much now. Little by little they will do something like 5 to all the holes, but it’s still a shame. They shouldn’t have to do all that.

    The drastically changed holes look the same but they are not the same, which takes away from the history; knowing the greats of the past played the same holes is a beautiful thing. That’s already not true for various holes at Augusta, sooner or later every hole will change to something past generations would recognize but know it’s not what they competed on.

    I do love the evolution of drivers and power —but it’s also such a shame today’s powers in golf render courses from challenging top players .

    Unlike even a Winged Foot, luckily Augusta can work to defend itself over time. Surely they have something up their sleeves to control the scoring this year…hopefully.

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      Tom Edrington

      Grow some rough; I still think he can blow it over the new bunker complex on the left at five……This will be fascination to watch…..I guess the oddsmakers will make him the favorite…by the way, did you catch Tiger doing the “left heel lift” on the range at Big Cedar Lodge before the opening exhibition on Tuesday?

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        baxter cepeda

        No I didn’t see tiger lifting the left heel ala Wolf but I very much enjoyed that event from start to finish. Zinger alone sold America with his reactions on the place.

        About 5, maybe he can. They also significantly softened the slope at 5 green. It looks like a much easier surface now.

        I actually prefer if Augusta got rid of the rough and Pinch in more pine straw and/or make the fairway slopes take more balls to awful places. Phil has addressed how rough has actually made Augusta less dangerous because balls run away less. Some courses rely most on the ball running away and Augusta really seems like one of them.

        Gotta wonder if there has been some major changes, specifically 13. We saw those aerial pictures a while back and They have had this unique extra 8 months of time to surprise the world with something.

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          Tom Edrington

          We’ll know in about seven weeks…

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    RM

    Haven’t loved some of his bickering and antics on the course, but have to give him credit where due. It was impressive to see not only the raw distance, but also his mastery of the short game this past weekend.Also, reboots of a good game are often unproductive, but the guy has been eerily successful with the major changes he has made over his career.

    Masters should be fascinating.

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      Tom Edrington

      I think someone on his management team had a little talk with him regarding inappropriate deportment with rules officials, camera crews, etc. Not sure he’s very popular with fellow players, only Zach Johnson was around to congratulate him at Winged Foot. Can’t argue with his work ethic and his skill level last week was incredible. Kudos to BAD.

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