Fear The Mullet - Cam Smith Edges Rahm With Record Performance At TOC - Dog Leg News

About the author

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.

Related Articles


  1. 1

    baxter cepeda

    If there is a course and tournament that it’s kinda ok for these crazy scores to go down it’s Kapalua and the TOC.

    But still, the fact 3 men broke the all time pga tour scoring record on the same week is clear evidence Coore and Crenshaw dropped the ball recently when the talented design duo renovated Kapalua; as the course clearly needs a lot more new challenges than just one small bunker in the middle of a giant fairway.

    St Andrew’s is basically a resort course. But What makes st Andrew’s great is that old adage that one day a golfer wonders why a bunker is even there only to realize why the next day when the wind dies or changes direction. Kapaluas design needs more of that subtle genius of The Old Course.

    Kapalua definitely needs a lot more pickles Out there regardless of condition. It’s gotten too easy even in traditional to tough conditions trades.

    Simply designing for trade winds in Hawaii is a mistake, especially when the best players regularly compete on a track. It’s pretty obvious by now both Kapalua and Sony enjoy a lot of calm wind days or light Kona wind days during the year, but especially during these tournament weeks. Come to Hawaii in March and then you can expect a steady diet of brisk trade winds. But it’s not always like that. In fact it’s Usually not like that this time of year.

    Rolf questioned a few years ago if trades are even the norm in Hawaii in January anymore.

    Yes equipment, you tube, gyms and so much more have conspired to make scoring go too low, but the reality is course design is to blame just as much. Ernie shot 31- under ages ago at this same track. That’s because this track has been long overdue to add some challenges to this course.

    That being said congrats to puttings version of the Natural in Cam Smith, Rhambo, and the fastest man in golf Jones for all beating Ernies scoring record. As far as a birdie fest is concerned, that was pretty good. But man this tournament would be even better with a few more pickles mixed in.

    1. 1.1

      Tom Edrington

      Don’t tell anyone in St. Andrews that it’s a “resort” course, you might find yourself in a fight…..or worse, KO’d by an angry Scot

      1. 1.1.1

        baxter cepeda

        I get that. But if I remember right I think they address it that way in the documentary movie on St Andrew’s.

        And btw I don’t like the Opens being set up so fairly. Especially at the Old Course where the set up has been way too fair. As the oldest major and course, it should be more rugged. Tougher. Like it used to be. I think the Royal port rush setup was by far the best Open setup in memory.

Leave a Reply

Copyright Dog Leg News 2015 | Terms | Privacy