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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


    Looks like Collins putting woes are a thing of the past huh?

    It’s unbelievable he has won 2 majors in his first tries with two completely different putting grips.
    His putting was sublime.
    Off the charts.
    Ridiculously awesome.
    Even when he didn’t need to make putts Sunday he was running them in like a chaser, not a leader. Obviously he had zero choke in him.

    His driver was steady and his irons spot on as expected, but that putting performance was clutch as it gets.

    It’s such a reminder to guys like Bryson that in most major golf championships distance means very little compared to fairways, greens, short game and putting.
    And that was some Unbelievable putting from Collin!

    Gotta feel for Spieth who put up a valiant charge. And obviously Oosthuizen who is brave enough to keep putting himself in the spotlight in the biggest events doing much of the things Morikawa does; except the finishing. Hopefully the South African can get another one before he is done contending in majors…he definitely deserves one more.

    But again what unbelievable Sunday putting from the Champion Golfer of the Year!

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      Tom Edrington

      We had a little watch party with two PGA members watching, as soon as he birdied nine, I declared: “He’s in total control of the tournament, this one is virtually over.” Would never make a call that early in a major but Collin was so far “in the zone” it brought back memories of Nicklaus. Even Gary Koch commented that Collin played the way “they used to” in order to win majors….next up for him are the Olympics; An interesting major season to say the least. I was even more impressed at the ceremony when first thing he did was turn the attention to the low am from Germany — Schmid — Collin is a very humble champion….easy to love this kid, his attitude and his game. I do like the fact he went “conventional” with his putting grip from outside 30 feet before switching to that awful “paint brush” inside 20 feet….gotta give him credit for finally getting that grip to work for him…

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        baxter cepeda

        Yes It definitely had that inevitable feeling by the turn that it was Morikawas event.
        And yes Morikawa ‘gets it’.
        As I’ve bragged before can probably run from my parents to his parents place. So I got that going for me. Which is nice. .. not that I’m trying to do that.

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    If his putting stays consistent, it could be incredibly fun watching him for a long time. That’s kind of Captain Obviousesque, but I enjoy seeing a superstar who appears to embody all those hokey things like humility, unassuming, family oriented, etc., etc.

    And sadly, I remain a bit Spieth skeptic, but I am a big fan and would love to see him continue to turn it around.

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      Tom Edrington

      Collin made an adjustment to his putter in Scotland and credits playing there the week before for his success at Royal St. George’s. He won playing “old school” golf, a LOT of fairways, a LOT of greens and laser iron shots that gave him a lot of birdie looks; Nice to see someone unconcerned with the “distance chase.” We’ll be doing a follow-up feature on Collin for Wednesday.

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      baxter cepeda

      Spieths not all the way back just yet but he is better than most right now.
      It’s only a matter of time before he adds another big one. IMO. Unfortunately it’s going to take some time as the next golf major isn’t for 9 months. Ouch.
      I would have really liked his chances at the Olympics.

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