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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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    Great story. If anything could induce me to travel overseas again, it would be the chance to play this course. It can seem deceptively simple when viewed from the safety of a TV screen. Appears relatively level, no crazy water hazards, some huge greens, even the pot bunkers ( heck, how hard could it be to work around them?), But watching the best golfers in the world work their way around confirms that it’s far, far more grueling than it may appear at face value.

    For an average golfer like myself, the idea of teeing off the first hole in the presence of these caddies who have seen it all, for decades, is intimidating.

    Ski moguls always look more benign from TV and from the chair lift than from the top of the hill.

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      Tom Edrington

      RM: Standing there in front of the old clubhouse sends goodbumps all over……in the distance, the Old Course Hotel, there are some 147 bunkers and most of them have names, staying out of them is more difficult that you can imagine….the Loop Holes, starting at nine, are where you have to score as they are relatively easy. On this day, the wind was right into us on one, I actually had to layup then was able to flip a near-perfect sand wedge over the Swilcan Burn, leaving myself 14 feet for par. Played well enough to break 90 and so wanted that putt for par at the Road Hole. The Road Hole may be one of the toughest par fours in major championship golf! If you get a chance, you’ve got to go!

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    Very impressive, Tom. As I recall, the playoff in 2015 at the Old Course started on Hole 1, with all three players hitting up toward the Swilcan Burn on their first shot, and then hitting wedges over the Burn to get on in two. Final result was two birdies and one bogey. Your par would have put you right in the mix, and into the wind at that!

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      Tom Edrington

      RM: I said I left 14 feet for par, sadly, I didn’t make the putt….

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