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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

    Having been there witnessing all these critical Sunday Sony moments Tom mentions, this was more a case of motivation than experience for Kuch. Imo
    On 9 Putnam looked like the experience one but Kuch made that gutsy putt.
    On 10 a decade of experience helped little because its a brand new green, as are various other greens the last few years at this course.
    Putnam showed some serious moxie with that putt at 13 to tie Kuch. But then a missed faiway by a yard which meant giving back that shot.
    Later As kuch was wrapping up the tourney on 16 My possee and I were watching on the tube at a house party left of that fairway. Like Kuch My thought was its over, so we enjoyed the party, which includes a whiffle ball baseball game on 16 fairway.
    Anyways…
    The Kuchar boys presence was felt all week at Waialae. Kuchars kids are at that age where each victory must rack up serious ‘Dads super cool’ points.
    Also happiness was a key.
    Is there a happier family in tour golf than the kuchars?
    If there is they must be one off the charts happy bunch.
    We always hear how important having life in order is for tour players. From my observations Kuchar looks as motivated as ever, Perhaps from going winless last season, but Kuch just seems like he does everything for his family. What better motivation is there?
    What a role model!

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      Tom Edrington

      Yes, Baxter, if there is a “good guy golfer” out there it’s Kuch — we’ll have to differ on the experience vs. motivation…basically ALL these players are very motivated or they wouldn’t have made it to this level, the PGA Tour, golf is a game where you have to be self-motivated, for sure….but after making bogeys on three of his first five holes, Kuch didn’t blink, a lot of players would have, not knowing that they had the experience to overcome a lousy start….I’ll give you a good example — Keith Mitchell was right there going into the final round, either third or tied for third, but he couldn’t overcome four front nine bogeys and ended up with a 72 and fell all the way into a tie for 16th and that’s a lack of final round experience for him.

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