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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

    Agree, nothing to be said.

    The good news for Lexi is she did some of the best putting of her life for about 63 holes. And her attitude is way closer to where she was before she went to negative town some years ago.

    I remember seeing Lexi at Koolina and saying she looked unhappy. No one believed it. Little by little it became evident. It’s understandable considering her mom was sick, then ANA, then heartbreaking missed putts, criticism, and so on.

    She has been working on her happiness for a while and seems to be figuring it out. This finish will test that progress, but imo she will do better this time.

    Lexi unfortunately went back to her bad habits putting with the pressure on. Her improved putting should help her stay happy. But she begs the ol chicken and the egg question: does good putting make golfers happy or does happiness lead to good putting?

    Lexis mistakes didn’t seem like choking; at least not anymore than the other contenders. The eventual champ looked like she was done off the bat. Olympic was clearly Tough with a capital T.

    Now no mention of the story of the championship. Ganne blew her chances immediately Sunday; but talk about no attitude or putting problems. What an awesome girl.

    Not sure Ganne wasn’t the most popular player in that final group and for good reason. Some of the high school juniors shots from the rough weren’t just Lexi like, they reminded of Tiger at Pebbles 6th hole back in the day. And like Tiger she can putt… man can she putt for such a strong striker. And what a head on those shoulders. She is a true star in the making.

    It was a marvelous event. And the best part is this weeks event is on another US Open type course. Great run for the lpga Tour.

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      Tom Edrington

      I believe the USGA is going to find some of the classic venues that have grown too short for the men’s game; Lexi’s choke was on that pitch/chunk/whatever you want to call it on 11…..looked like a 16 handicapper on that shot and Bradel Chamblee confirmed what I thought I saw on the first green when she missed the center of the putter face and hit it well on the toe, the announcers didn’t want to admit it but Chamblee said what I believe, no way a high level professional misses the center of the putter-face and Lexi did right out of the blocks; Baxter, there’s an old saying that “Golf Knows What Scares You” and those little finesses short-game shots scare the living daylights out of Lexi and what did she end up having to hit? When she missed that five-footer at 17, that was a CHOKE, plain and simple, only because I’ve choked on a putt like that and I know what it looks like…..LOVE Ganne and everyone did, she threw away a lot of shots but when the heat was on and she had to produce to win low amateur by a shot, she produced and made some SWEET putts…..young nerves (no nerves).

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        baxter cepeda

        No doubt, golf seems to test players weakness unproportionally. Lexis attitude and putting and nerves certainly proved that theory.

        Nerves got Ganne also. Nerves got Saso. Nerves got everyone at some point. It’s a very nervy golf course.

        Lexi was definitely leaking oil down the stretch. And I’m not arguing that some choking occurred…I’m just saying it wasn’t much more than everyone else including the eventual champ.

        So many of the women in contention choked so early they actually gave themselves time to settle down.

        Shen Shen as usual didn’t even know the score but even she seemed to feel the heat. ‘Jenny money’ makes plenty money but fearing the leaderboard constantly hurts her chances to win. She doesn’t even want to be in a position to be ‘money’; as in know what she has to do and go out an do it.

        It definitely looks like —like spieth and Phil and so many other stars — Lexis game is back. As Lexi Putts herself in contention more often; she will be more prepared to finish the job.


          Tom Edrington

          Baxter: I’m contemplating writing a bit about this…..two HUGE child prodigies — Lexi and Wie, Wie was so hyped but in the end, only five total wins including the one US Open, I think if you offered that bet out there when she was 16 and bet that she’d accomplish that little, victory-wise, you’d made a PILE of money; Same for Lexi, I believe one thing that hampers her wedge game is she’s a “gouger” and when the heats on, a “gouger” can have their wedge shots come up short, a bit on the fat side — the opposite of the old adage — thin to win. I think you know enough to tell your aspiring young ladies that it’s better to miss a shot a bit thin than fat…..No excuse for the third shot into 17 and the second into 18….horrendous! Simple as that.


            baxter cepeda

            I do know that.
            I also know—as you know— golf guarantees you NOtHINg!
            What folks predicted for Wie (and other prodigies) is the vein of their existence. No matter what they do people will not be pleases because they didn’t become “the next Tiger Woods”. Prognosticators seems to hold this against top going players.
            I have met Wie, talked about many of these things.

            As Gump said, shit happens. Wie truly has had wrist issues —her dad warns families against hitting off mats.

            Lexi has deal with mental anxiety.

            Lexi and Wie were never great putters.

            While there were many signs some players would be great; people often miss the weaknesses.

            It happens in many sports but for great young golfers Are always expected to be the next Tiger —no fault of his own of course— and this putts too much pressure on them, or let’s their head get too big, or causes them to work to hard living up to expectations.

            It is often the prognosticators who criticize players for not reaching their predictions, but they don’t keep in mind that if can often be their predictions and criticism that derail players, as happened to Lexi and Wie. Both these women have been strong as they can be dealing with all of this.

            At the end of the day wie and Lexi have had amazing careers. If no one ever predicted anything maybe they would have been greater yet.

            Again what I’ve learned Golf guarantees no one anything. And most golf prognosticators are just not as good as they think they are.

            We all need to learn to stop adding stress to an already stressful sport. Then maybe these kids can have a chance reach their potential…or out predictions.

          2. Tom Edrington

            IS think folks have finally gotten past anyone being “The Next Tiger”…..not happening anytime soon, say in the next 20 years or so

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