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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

    The hole out was most impressive imo. But that tee shot on 16 was also super clutch considering none of the contenders did anything like that.

    As I shared Collin took his lessons at the executive I started playing. So we’re stoked for him. He is small in stature but really is a stud.

    Speaking of studs Toms boy Brooks Stunk it up after a lot of smack talk.

    Unlike Brooks So many guys played pretty well, but only one guy came with the goods of a champion.

    Where do we put Collin in the golf scheme now? Wherever it is It’s gotta be pretty darn high. #real deal

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      Tom Edrington

      That’s as dramatic a back nine as you could hope for, that was a huge number of players who could have won. Drive on 16 will be shown over and over. Too bad there were no crowds, they would have been in a frenzy with everything that transpired. As for Brooks, he was just force-fed a huge chunk of humble pie. So maybe he’ll just shut up and figure out where his game is. Everyone kicked his butt on Sunday, including DeChambeau. I couldn’t believe Bryson’s second to 16, I thought he had no prayer of getting that close. Anyway, Harding Park was an awesome setup, now it’s on to the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, another great layout. Morikawa has the perfect game for U.S. Opens as well, kid is a superb ball striker and in the scheme of things, has enough distance off the tee to get it done.

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    RM

    That was one HELL of a tournament for him. Incredible golfer who obviously already can handle pressure. 4 time All-American. 4 year graduate at Berkeley with some smarts. Head seemingly screwed on right as far as one can tell.

    Every year there seems a new hot player so we don’t want to get too carried away. I mean 5 or so years ago it seemed like Jordan Spieth could be pretty indomitable.

    But all that being said – what a future this kid has! Excited to watch the story unfold.

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      Tom Edrington

      RM: Spot on; Jordan Spieth WISHES he had this kid’s fundamentals; Collin is simply a superb ball-striker; He showed NO weaknesses when the heat was on; He’s long enough, plays that power fade which means he can play anywhere…His putter was fantastic, I’m thinking that missed putt in the playoff at Colonial really motivated him to spend more time with the flat-stick; Sky’s the limit; As you mentioned, didn’t come out early, business degree so yes, HE IS very bright!! Love this kid, that’s why I had him in my top four to win….

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        RM

        That was a good pick that I kind of (mistakenly) wrote off when you put your picks up. That’s why you do what you do!

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          Tom Edrington

          RM: Love everything about Collin; Classic golf swing, his own, I think he will get stronger as he grows and won’t have to “chase” distance the way Spieth did….much more fundamentally solid than Spieth ever dreamed of being, that ultra-weak left hand is the root of all Jorday’s evils.

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        baxter cepeda

        Yea Tom The fundamentals seems like the key for Morikawa. Like Jordan distance will be an issue at times but unlike Jordan, Collins game seemingly will rarely let him down Moving forward; good for the long haul.
        To be fair Jordan’s unique traits have taken him pretty darn far in golf but maybe his Unique idiosyncrasies are what are holding jordan back now. It seems That won’t be the case for Collin. But what does Jordan do, become more classic like Collin or stay the course?
        50-50 on that here.

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          Tom Edrington

          As I mentioned to RM, the root of all Jordy’s evil, aside from the distance chase, is that ultra-weak left hand, bad leg action as well; Collin is very strong for his size, he’ll get stronger without going nuts, he’s plenty long as he is…

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            baxter cepeda

            But again Jordan won a lot of majors with that weak hand grip

          2. Tom Edrington

            Problem is it kept getting weaker and weaker and he did hit a lot of wild shots back then; Every putt he looked at went in the hole during that run….

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    RM

    As for Brooks, I like him and hope he bounces back. Hate to get too deep in the psych woods, but it almost seemed to me like he became a bit too concerned with sort of building a persona or mystique around himself and perhaps took his eye off simply playing his game, which is all someone with his talent needs. Hope he just focuses on powering his way through whichever course he’s playing; that is plenty intimidating without the woofing and hype. Maybe Rory’s comments will make him take a step back.

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      Tom Edrington

      I think his left knee is more troublesome than anyone knows….

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        baxter cepeda

        Not this time Tom. Like tiger brooks looked healthy enough. He talked a big game and blew it. It’s that’s simple. You know what they say if you can walk the talk; but that didn’t happen this time.

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          Tom Edrington

          I saw a bit of limp at times and you saw him being stretch out three times on the back nine on Saturday; Take it from someone with a hip replacement, a hip resurfacing and a knee replacement…

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            baxter cepeda

            Brooks was getting his hip stretched Tom. Not his knee. In fact the knee was getting manhandled with no regard as the hip was stretched, simply because he was a little tight from all the lifting and this and that.
            Part of being great at golf is not being broken down physically all the time.
            If brooks cannot even finish rounds of golf without constant medical attention, maybe he should take it easy on the smack talk next time.
            When a player talks like that they have to back it up; tightness is no excuse.

          2. Tom Edrington

            Baxter, knee issues lead to hip issues, take it from someone who knows…

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