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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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    The coverage was terrible, mostly because of the pro-Lexi bias, (as always), of both Judy Rankin and Jerry Stoltz who come across as paid promoters of Thompson, ignoring her fails and exaggerating her good shots, and making excuses for putts she missed. Stoltz at one point even pointed out when Lexi outdrove Nelly by 5 feet, but never mentioned when Nelly, long in her own right, outdrove Lexi. Their continued promotion of Lexi Thompson is downright embarrassing.

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      Tom Edrington

      You are SPOT ON — Judy Rankin “gushing” over Lexi’s great putting stroke….where was Dottie Pepper when we needed one of Dottie’s “Chokin’ Dog” exclamations? That was four putts down the stretch, two from three feet, one from four and one from five…..even a lousy putter would have made at least one….sadly, Lexi’s one of those proteges who adults used to say: “Wow, look how far she hits it!!!” Lexi can out-athlete other players with the driver but that doesn’t work when it comes to the short game where she is woefully deficient and proves it time and again.

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