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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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    Interesting take on Spieth, and there may be another level. I sense he has absorbed at a very young age, and truly understands, the infuriating reality of golf and that it can never be mastered. He knows there will be slumps, inexplicable bad patches, and unpredictability; and seems to realize that he can rise above that over the course of a match, or even a day. He knows what has to be done when he leads, and he knows how to pursue. And he also gets that no matter how focused he is, a good bit of it is beyond his control. He can’t keep from hitting a poor shot from time to time, but he seems to know, better than most, that you simply push through the obstacles.

    The other top dogs are all aware of this stuff to a greater or lesser degree, but I think Speith may understand it at a different level, which may make him less susceptible than the others to mental gaffes and prolonged bad spells. I think Rickie Fowler may ultimately be capable of that type of state of mind WHEN, and only when he finally wins a major and gets that monkey off his back.

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      Tom Edrington

      Thanks RM, great observations. Spieth knows how to hang around, that’s for sure. As for Rickie, he’s pushing 30, hard to imagine that Spieth and Thomas are a lot younger than he is. When do you think Rickie will win that first major?

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    My guess is that he’ll harpoon the white whale in the next year or two. Purely a guess. He is getting to the point of being the dreaded “best player to have never won a major”, which only adds to the pressure. I had thought he was due for that breakthrough two years ago when there was talk of him making the “big three” of Speith, Day, and Rory morph into the “big four”.

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      Tom Edrington

      Take into consideration that Rickie is quite comfortable in the world with his massive riverfront mansion in Jupiter, tens of millions in the bank, a huge fan following, life’s maybe a little too good for Rickie, sometimes you wonder how motivated he might be.

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