Masters-Full: Sensational Scottie Scheffler Dons The Green Jacket - Dog Leg News

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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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    I got Tigers comeback prediction right but toms on a roll thanks to riding Scottie picks.

    Scottie Sheffler is an animal. What can we say at this point?

    I’m starting to lose track of all the wins. I’m beginning to wonder if he is ever going to lose.

    That being said he did almost lose it a few times.

    On the back 9 Saturday he made a lot of bogeys but it could have been worse. He narrowly avoided that bunker and a sure bogey on 17 Saturday before averting double or worse on 18. To his credit he handled that potential disaster like a champ.

    Sunday hole 3 was huge. The game was on by then thanks to Cams great start. And Scotties tee ball at 3 coulda been much worse. Instead he got a free drop and then a miracle chip in for birdie while Cam Smith made that untimely bogey.

    A lot of other things happened but The next memorable moment obviously is 12. It’s always 12.

    3 back at that point, Cam now has one clear shot he wishes he could take back.

    How many times do we have to see that same scenario play out at 12?
    I guess endless times. It’s what makes it the best par 3 in the whole wide world.

    Glad to see him so happy. Saying things like only the best player beat me. Really a bunch of players beat him, but they were in the actual game, playing to win, not already beaten and freewheeling themselves to a top 10 and “move on” scenario like Rory.

    Rory got his top 10 and then some, but they still don’t give jackets to second. They don’t give champions dinners invites for seconds. No come back to the Masters forever if your second. No honorary starters for seconds.

    Second is still first loser.

    Which brings us back to Tiger, as all roads in golf always lead back to Tiger. Tiger had a successful week, no doubt.

    Yes, the more his chances to win dropped the more he limped, but Tiger looked like a guy whom could win if not for all that nasty rust. He will continue getting stronger. As he mentioned he has had to wait patiently to heal before starting his straight building. He felt pain this week but he also got a lot stronger this week. He made a lot of progress.

    This begs the question:

    can Tiger win “the big ones” sans playing some not so big ones in between?

    I for one feel tigers odds increase significantly if he not only plays, but plays well, in between the big ones.

    Sure hogan did some amazing things back in the black and white tv days only playing the big ones. But just like Golf coverage has come a long way since then, especially at the masters with the highest definition covering literally every shot; golfers as a whole have also come a long way.

    Tiger needs to be sharper— than Hogan was in his day — to win majors.

    Tiger needs to be able to play a minimum of 4-8 other tournaments to help him win majors.

    I do think he will be at Southern Hills. But what about before that?

    He obviously won’t play at Hilton head, although like Waialae it could be a great track for this version of Tiger. He probably won’t play the team event at Zurich; not even with JT. Maybe Charlie. He likely won’t go to Mexico either.

    The best and only option is the Wells Fargo which is in MD this year. Then he would take the Byron Nelson week off before heading to southern hills.

    Rory will likely ride his Sunday momentum to a win soon. But Rory didn’t win the masters because he didn’t build much momentum before the tournament.

    On that note another prediction I got right is that Rory would start slow before getting better and better but ending up short. I literally predicted all that, but then again that is pretty predictable at this point…just like Scottie Sheffler winning.

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