Finally, Finau! Tony Topples Smith, Rahm, Wins Northern Trust - Dog Leg News

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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

    I felt so clever when the whole house heard me proclaiming that same headline: Finally Finau!

    The interesting bit is no one wants to say Cam Smith handed it to Tony…but he did.

    But even before that the worlds numero 1 clearly had it on his hands and simply started handing it to Tony, and Cam; for that matter anyone else who wanted it.

    In the end no one wanted it more than Tony. And he got it done the way Jack Nicklaus likes to brag is how he nabbed most of his big/major wins: letting others hand it to him.

    Jack would probably say Tony did what he had to do.

    Tony mentioned being a bit more aggressive on approaches and getting putts to the hole.

    Shane Bacon put it well today saying winning is a skill in itself. Finau finally is mastering just that, which is nice.

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      Tom Edrington

      Three impressive moments from Tony: second shot into par five that produced eagle; Incredible finesse shot at 16 produced birdie then clutch six-footer at 18 to save par — the old Tony wouldn’t have made par at 18, he would have missed the six-footer….clutch putts win tournaments.

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        baxter cepeda

        When he fanned the iron at 18 I definitely was like here we go again. But he was super clutch with the bunker shot and the putt.

        Btw Another headline could be: nice guys finish first.
        Many people are nice on the pga tour—I hear it all the time— but it’s clear based on what his peers are saying Tony is on the short list of nicest guys.


          Tom Edrington

          I wrote many of the front page headlines when during my days at the Tampa Tribune in the 70s, early 80s; In newspapers, the person who “edits” the writer’s story is typically the one who writes the headline, not the person who wrote the story…..there’s some insight from the “olden days” for you when folks got their information from newspapers….


            baxter cepeda

            Reminder I am an MA in journalism/comm and dabbled slightly in pro newspapers about 20 years ago just as things were starting to get tougher for the industry.

          2. Tom Edrington

            Good thing you got off the Titanic before it left port!

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