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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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    Tom E. – Really enjoy most of your Dogleg articles. However, I can’t say much politely about your hatchet job on Patrick Reed, the winner of the Masters. The title lacks any serious attempt at professional journalism. Granted he has major family problems and hopefully he will work on that asap. As for former collegiate mates. He beat the UGA kids and led the Augusta St team to titles. His old coach is working with him and made some supportive comments about his past. Above all else, he deserves a chance to repair the family and college relationships. Give him credit for winning some PGA events, some amazing Ryder Cup matches and the Masters Title last weekend. There have been numerous unfriendly and unliked players on the Tour. It’s not politics. And Thank Goodness for that! Frank

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      Tom Edrington

      Frank: Thanks for weighing in, headline was inspired by the lack of enthusiasm by the Masters patrons themselves, who are collectively, golf’s most knowledgeable and polite… thunderous greeting, just theatre applause, perhaps fatherhood and winning this will make him more acceptable but remember when he declared himself a “top five” players then proceeded to not win much and went winless all of last year….

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    baxter cepeda

    My family and I got to attend the Masters on Wednesday this year and stuck around the famous Gerogian town till Sunday …just cause. Personally I was rooting for Reid.
    My youngest daughter, quite the little golfer, has actually been saying for a long while now how patrick is her favorite player. Fittingly We also met reeds agent in the rainy masters parking lot saturday during a futile attempt to get my kids in.

    Sure Patrick made some young man mistakes during his college years. It seems he was going through family problems which affected both his college experiences.
    Personally I do not care why Patricks family is not speaking to each other and certainly will not pass judgment on that. Reed has a rough background but, for me at least, his pro career has already been legendary.
    From the successful Monday qualifying with his wife on the bag, till donning a green jacket now Reed consistently shows a family first mentality as much as anyone on tour; whether his parents are involved or not.
    Reed is a showman. From his top 5 claim to his shushing Euros to his finger wagging Rory, reeds memories give me chills as I write.
    He was the most relatable of the guys in contention.
    Sure Spieth and Fowler are as polished as they come and I root for both to win green Jackets moving forward but I was not over Reed on sunday. What i least wanted to see sunday was reed lose his lead to all the golden boys.
    Certainly did not want reed to lose to the euros: rory, whom i also want to see win one to capture his career grand slam soon; and the still whiney Rahm.
    Rahm has a lot to learn from Reed as to how to act. Firey is one thing but and giant crybaby is such a turn off. While I always have rooted for sergio This crybaby issue was the critical fix segio made last year which led to his well supported win at the Masters. Rahm will need to do some similar soul searching before he can become loved as well.
    But As a truly close onserver of the tour I feel a responsibility to point out that Patrick Reed shows signs of a man whom has accomplished a lot of personal growth since his college days. This is a man whom deseves to be loved because he is one of the few putting on a show while seriously earning respect and even friendship with the top players in the world, including the golden boys like Jordan and rickie.
    While I like the golden boys as much as the next guy No one is supposed to be perfect which often leads me to root for those portraying less than a perfect image without going overboard like I feel Rahm still does. Patrick is right there for me. Just the right amount of less than perfect for me to root for.

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      Tom Edrington

      Baxter, thank-you for a detailed, intelligent post regarding Reed. Seems the majority of the Patrons at Augusta National were not overjoyed with him, first time I’ve seen a winner get only “polite” applause…and the Patrons at Augusta are undoubtedly the most knowledgeable and polite followers in the world of golf. I agree that perhaps this will allow Reed to move forward without such a big chip on his shoulder. Sorry, will disagree about the family issue, first young winner I can remember whose parents weren’t there to greet him. I value family above all else and that tells me a lot about character. Anyway, thanks for your opinion on Patrick, appreciate the time you took to go into detail!

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        baxter cepeda

        I value family a lot.

        As someone else mentioned reeds old coach has nice things to say. Top pros have nice things to say. Seeing reed with his wife, kids and Kessler i wonder about his parents behavior in their differences more so than Patricks. As another said if we are all held to our behavior as college freshmen, especially while dealing with family issues, we would all be bad people.

        As for Augusta, I can clearly remember some polite applause for other champs, such as when good ol boy Kenny Perry fell to Argentine Angel Cabrera. The not so enthusiastic applause from people inside the ropes That day has stuck with me for years and I did feel it Sunday for Reed once again.

        But this lack of affection says less about the players and more about patron etiquette. Even the most knowledgeable golf fans can root for their favorites a little too much at the expense of their competitors.
        Support For reed sunday was especially tough dealing with Jordan, rickie and rory. These 3 golden golfers are the type of players whom demand crushes galore, especially from green jackets, naturally making someone like Reed a rooting afterthought.

        Augusta does practically everything to perfection but I will say a few green jackets and patrons could better exemplify Mr. Jones’ words on cheering at the Masters. Basically he said to Cheer great golf and shots, to not show dissatisfaction with success from any player or joy for any players misfortunes. Some of these requests are not being fully displayed at times even at the Masters.
        It is such a unique dynamic at the Masters because we all know the champions will remain in our lives through this magical annual event; so we want it to be our favirites or the best of the best. This is especially true for the members whom share their club with champions.
        We all have preconceived notions as to whom are the most deserving players to have lifetime passes to Augusta National.
        But fortunately this is not how it works. Fortunately champions are still found on the field of competition, not with whom has the biggest crowd of autograph seekers or most powerful people trying to become bffs with them.
        Patrick reed is a champion and while the headlines want to point out how few fans he has compared to some, im here to say in reality Patrick reed has a ton of knowledgeable golf fans.
        and the list is growing just like reeds bank account.
        Btw instead of using no equipment contract against him why not celebrate the genious move. It not only won him a masters but now he will be thrown fortunes by the exact sponsors he wants.
        While your views on reed are off In your defense you are in the business of click bate.


          Tom Edrington

          As I indicated in another comment, one of my neighbors, a lovely 80-year-old lady is a huge golf fan, watches all the events on TV and expressed to me how disappointed she was that Patrick Reed won. “I’ve never like him,” she told me. With that in mind, I learned a long time ago to trust the wisdom of grandmothers……So I’m glad you like Reed, feel free to check in here often, we welcome all points of view, if you believe my view of Reed is off, so be it. Maybe winning this championship will lighten that big chip on his shoulder, he’s obviously had an inferiority complex thanks to guys like Spieth and Fowler. Spieth’s resume and Fowler’s popularity. We’ll just agree to disagree about liking Reed. Heck, a lot of people like the Oakland Raiders.


            baxter cepeda

            You are really on the pulse of the average golf fan with this lady friend of yours. Meanwhile anyone whom has taken the time to adress your Reed hatin’ disagrees.

          2. Tom Edrington

            Baxter, let’s get one thing straight right away….I DO NOT “hate” Patrick Reed, that’s your word, not mine, be careful when it comes to putting your words on paper and trying to sell them as someone else’s thoughts, you are dead-wrong…..I’m no admirer of Reed, let’s put it that way, far more accurate….not a “lady friend” an elderly neighbor and she’s been around this earth a lot longer than you my friend….I’ve always trusted the wisdom of age, one day you may learn that. The fact that I point out Reed plays with a huge chip on his shoulder is fact and he would tell you that as well. Your comments were very intelligent until this one.

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    Tired of neg comments on Reed. He won the Masters. He’s a tough competitor. He doesn’t deserve the bad press just because he didn’t graduate your charm school.

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      Tom Edrington

      I didn’t realize I had a “charm school.” Biggest testimony as to Reed’s unpopularity was the “polite” almost tempered applause given him by the Masters patrons. That in and of itself could be construed as a major statement, or as you refer to “negative comment” by the thousands there late Sunday.

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    Good work Patric Reed.
    1 An American won a great American event
    2 Reed is one bright spot and hope for Ryder Cup performance
    3 Reed interacts with fans. He is a showman and acknowledges the fans are there and important.
    Now compare Reed and Tiger on points 2 and 3 above. Tiger had great world rankings and great wins but Ryder cup performance fails to match up. Tiger plays for Tiger, not The USA. Also Tiger accepted hundreds of millions of dollars in endorsements- money that fans paid for products- but generally refuses to even look at fans. Bad attitude.
    I rooted foe Reed, Fowler, and Spieth- great Masters. Thanks to great players who interact with the fans.

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      Tom Edrington

      Glad Reed has a fan out there……one of my neighbors, an 80-year-old lady was walking the neighborhood today, she’s a big golf fan and expressed to me how disappointed she was that Patrick Reed won….”I’ve never liked him,’ was her quote……I learned a long time ago that you should always listen to the wisdom of grandmothers — they know best!

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