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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

    Sinatra would be proud.

    Thanks for acknowledging most predicted a score well over par. With technology and everything else I’m surprised it wasn’t even lower.

    I did mention Bryson as a pick but his own words of planning for pure aggressiveness made him an unwise choice.

    But he didn’t do that.

    Sure Bryson bombed it most places, because it often is the best strategy at US OPENS, especially the parkland ones with a lot of rough. I’ve always felt tiger threw many majors away through conservative play; but he has also won many that way.

    But these days at the US Open, the best strategy is clearly bombs away 90% of the time or more. Less trees at places like Winged Foot and Oakmont only make bomber strategy make more sense. Same with Pebble, Shinnecock and Pinehurst…limbs away means bombs away.

    It’s always better to be closer, especially knowing most players cannot hit too many fairways anyway. The usga really need to rethink some things or it’s gonna Continue to be a steady stream of bombers winning US Opens with a strategy golf fans know well: bomb and gouge. Why not? It works.

    Now Bryson was wise the other 10% when smashing driver was not wise.
    Brysons US open strategy started months ago in the gym; making course strategy almost obsolete. But again, he did tone it down just enough when needed; he mislead us a little. He did mention he would tone it down at times, but not enough to trust him.

    But yea he did it all.

    A big factor not touched on is Brysons behavior.
    After those summer shananigans, bryson clearly learned his lesson about his behavior and showed it at the PGA Championship. Good bryson worked very well there. He continued to be nice bryson all through this week and it worked like a charm, or the charming young man Bryson has been lately.

    The highlight of the week truly was the second bryson saw his mom on the screen. And when he was able to thank his family for the sacrifices. Zinger said he was chocked up. I was practically crying. It was a beautiful moment, credit to the usga for adding that beautiful touch.

    Thanking Jack and Tiger was pretty cool also. He showed great humility.

    The ball is now in Augustas court. They surely appreciate bryson doing it his way but also must be scrambling more than ever to avoid a major scoring issue at the Masters.

    Last time I was there that second cut already looked more like rough. Pretty soon they are gonna have to call it rough, but it’s not like rough worries guys like bryson very much anymore anyway.

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