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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

    Berger is officially on the pick-able list even out west.

    He was already a great pick on bermuda grasses but he looked great at Pebble, which is a bit of faders paradise; which Berger of course mostly fades.

    But it was those straight draws like the 3 wood at 18 that won it for Berger.

    He has that chip on his shoulders; saying some guys with comparable records get more attention. I don’t know about that—many of those guys from Jordan to Brooks to to Morikawa to bryson have majors; if not multiple majors. Wolf hung with bryson to the end. Rickie has top 5s in all the majors in the same year.
    I’m not sure who he is talking about getting more attention despite similar records. But if that chip helps, who needs reason?

    Berger is no doubt moving our attention list having proven he can win nationwide. But now he has to prove he is a major contender; win one. Then the respect he seeks will really come.

    Jordan did awesome Again. He is ready to win. I would love for Jordan to commit to draws with the driver. Like Rory he can pull off some fades with the big stick but he seems to get in trouble more often hitting left to right off the tee.

    Berger’s banana fades seem like a bad example for juniors imo (I’m probably wrong) but a great example in playing the shot he knows. He has that nice straight ball when he cannot fade. That being said if Berger can learn to turn the ball right to left- easier said then done for that swing— he could really catapult himself past some of the really big names ahead of him on our attentions list.

    Cantlay was atop my AT&T list before the first tee shot at Pebble this week, and he was better than that after day 1, but while he hung around to the end, unlike Berger, he was not able to come back from his misfortunes; starting with his first hole double on Friday; his ball lost in one of those baseball glove trees we call cypress’; which btw are so majestic they should be reason alone to visit pebble before kicking it.

    If Cantlay isn’t fried already, riviera is an even better opportunity for him. Like Berger, he needs to get a little pissed. We get the flat line. But Cantlay has high standards; maybe showing them a tiny bit more might help.

    Gotta feel for lashley. I saw something on my phone so naturally I was like: with all those names…Lashley won?

    Not exactly. Instead Lashley had one of the most painful 4 putts in recent memory. Going long on that hole was unfortunate. The pitch was decent but left above the hole. Even my 2 year old knows by now —you dont have to call it a defensive putt — but as Cantlay explained its easier to miss those downhillers if you want to hit them smartly just a foot past. Lashley instead focused solely on making all 4 of those putts; he made 1.

    We can blame bumps but what really got Lashley was Pebbles terrific design. Gotta play super smart on that 16th. Lashley did not do that.

    Between Jordan’s hole out and this, the land locked 16th, which is incredibly beautiful despite no ocean, has moved up the list of holes to pay attention to at pebble.

    Berger’s drive at 4 was also very memorable. 4 and 10 are both pretty cool as driveable par 4s. The beauty is unmatched but the design of pebble —like Berger — is underrated on the list of great courses.

    One thing is clear: fans or not. Celebrities or not. As always, pebble beach is the real biggest star this week.

    A must see baby!

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      Tom Edrington

      Pebble is the attraction, which means they should cut the field to 120 so they can play just two courses…..It was so enjoyable to see everyone play quickly and without the side shows…..Pebble is a serious course and should merit more serious consideration…..Larry The Cable Guy is not serious….

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        baxter cepeda

        Just because it’s slow for the pros doesn’t mean it has to be slow for the viewers.

        Hopefully Next year they show more players on tv; but it’s still great for the players to have to deal with the unique challenges (and fun) of this event.

        The courses around pebble are amazing in their own right. Each better than 90 % of courses on tour. Obviously it would be cool if cypress point got back in the rota but they are all amazing. Poppy hills is incredible and it’s quite accessible.

        The Peter hay par 3 renovations look amazing. They made a replica of 7 green. Hope is the price is still reasonable and the new bar doesn’t make it too adult and less family friendly (as it has been).

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