Fitz-Magic: Matt Fitzpatrick Takes The Tense, Dramatic 122nd U.S. Open - 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

    So I didn’t officially pick him but did ask you how cool it would be if Fitzpatrick pulled the usga double at the country club; looking not much older than Ouimet and himself when he won the Am all those years ago.
    Let’s just say I definitely really liked his chances. I just got kinda Homery with max Homa.

    I did fully declare Fitz my pick prior to Sunday.

    I just absolutely love his Sergio like swing, especially now with its added pop texting par 5s and 4s…but what I am really a sucker for is a sweet and confident putting stroke, and this guy has that almost to a fault sometimes.

    Confident putting almost cost Matt this win, making a couple aggressive 3 putts, but even when he fell 2 down Sunday it truly felt (to me) like he was going to win.

    Gotta talk about Zalatoris. His stroke looks as amazing as a mallet, kuchar style can look outside of 15 feet. But inside, it’s still an issue. He missed a few Sunday with the hitch and go, and the way he takes it way inside. And the way none of the ball contacts inside the black area in the center of his putter, much less the actual center of the putter. Fitzpatrick may have had to overcome fairway bunker woes but those don’t come up almost every hole like putting inside 10 feet. As i said the last time Z narrowly lost, if this guy had a proper stroke inside 10 feet, he could be an all time legend. Figure it out bro! We see he is making the effort, but it’s time to make the actual change. He has already done it on longer putts, now he just has to stay disciplined on the short ones. He seems extremely disciplined. This should not be an issue.

    A guy with no issues is the worlds number one. He didn’t win but he Further established himself as the worlds undisputed best golfer right now.

    Rahm is close but The putter is still the only issue. He was missing makeable putts by multiple cups. I personally see some set up issues with his putter, the ball too far back.

    A guy with a lot of issues is Rory. His game has fewer issues than its had in a long time. But Rory is involved in too many issues. He is so talented but I can’t help but notice the guys whom beat him have been a lot more focused on themselves lately.

    If you want to win, you gotta focus on yourself.

    Speaking of winning Usga stuff my youngest won the qualifier for the girls us am Saturday at Hualalai with 2 under. And her big sis after a 2 over in regulation went to a six hole 3 for 1 sudden death playoff and made a 45 foot birdie on the famous 17th to win shooting 2 under in the playoff; although that putt has been getting longer by the min;) This accomplishment has sparked some more interest from colleges and even a company offering us the exact balls we use through some junior program. I’m hoping they can hook us up with some clubs so I can get my old 913 fairway woods back to myself. Aloha
    From Tinseltown Tom.

    I will say I still have strong resignations to not allowing parent caddies for this great junior event. We cannot tell you how unfair that is. They allow caddies to use carts but then some girls without a caddie are left walking. We bugged other caddies to help them at times. It’s a mess. How about this Whan: make some clear rules and consequences and stop discrimination against the people who foot the hills for these kids to play your events.

    Also, saying that you are listening to fans is cool. We get it, Whan is a PR genius, but people should t have to tell you your golf tournament is showing too much stuff that is not the golf tournament. LIv for all the things to knock on, gives viewers what they want to see: GOLF. Not to mention they give golfers more than double what majors give. But we will take that up again soon.

    One more note the country club was amazing. Let’s hope it’s not 3 decades before the usga returning to the home of the man who put the US Open on the map. A place many like myself consider the home of US golf. The name says it all: The Country Club.

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      baxter cepeda

      * Qualified for the girls Junior Amateur. Not the amateur. Which actually our US Amateur qualifier now conflicts with the Girls junior amateur championship. Another thing to take up with the great Whan.

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      Tom Edrington

      Baxter, you remind me of my late mother — when I’d ask her who would win a certain huge basketball game, she wouldn’t say — wishy washy — then when one team prevailed, she’d proudly announce: “I thought they would win!”
      Glad to see you thought Matt would win…..we have a nice followup on him, he’s obsessive about his game, shames Bryson DeChambeau, when you look at his work ethic, he’s going to be around for a long time….

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        baxter cepeda

        Hey I acknowledged he wasn’t my pre tournament pick. But Sunday was very much up for grabs still and all the folks I talked to mentioned everyone else but him. I was all Fitz Sunday morning.


          Tom Edrington

          Yup, you and my Mom — “I thought he would win” as Fitz hoists the trophy!


            baxter cepeda

            So U still think your tour boo Monahan got it all under control ?

          2. Tom Edrington

            No way to “control” individuals like Brooks Koepka, he’s the MASTER hypocrite and we’ll address that with the next feature.

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    Fitz was rock solid down the stretch and he deserves his win! Will Z has been so close, I hope he wins one soon,

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      Tom Edrington

      You may or may not have noticed, that every time I list Will as one of the pre-tournament favorites I write the words: “If only he could putt” Truth of the sad matter is that if he was an average putter, he’d probably have at least five wins by now including two if not three majors. If he can finish second at St. Andrews next month — he can achieve the career “Grand Slam Runnerup” feat.

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        baxter cepeda

        That would be incredible

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