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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

    The scheduling is not ideal for the top finishers. But in a way it is good most of the US Open field since most got the weekend off.

    I’m sure Ewing isn’t complaining. She had planned 9 holes Monday but the few worn out golfers can take a little walk around the course instead. And get back on it Tuesday.

    Aside from this scheduling issue, this event instantly feels like the 5th most important event on the lpga tour; realizing there are 5 majors but we ALL know one of them is not a major.

    This match play event and jaw dropping Shadow Creek are a beautiful match. My girl’s and wife focused on this event like few others.

    I was disappointed in Jenny Money giving up but not surprised. Already not the model of fitness —although I call her the prototypical golfer— Shen Shen spent most of the last year thinking about breakfast, lunch and dinner. They should penalize her a bit more. And give that money to charity. Imo.

    Outstanding event. THanks to all parties involved.

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      Tom Edrington

      They simply need to NOT play in late May — too hot and a tree-lined course that offers no breeze; When I saw Jenny walk off after her win Saturday, I wasn’t sure she’d be able to go Sunday morning; I give her credit for that….when you’re out of gas, you’re out of gas and her needle read: “EMPTY”

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        baxter cepeda

        This event requires extra stamina; it’s amazing Shen Shen got as far as she did.

        There are better times to hold the event but it is what it is; maybe it’s the only option given.

        Now while It was hot; it wasn’t sweltering. And it’s a dry heat…which everyone seems to think is a good thing.

        Imo they just need shuttles from hole to hole; especially on the weekend for those playing 36 a day.

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