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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

    Dont think for a moment tiger is not doing all this stuff also. Tiger won a US open on one knee. Tiger kept trying to play with a broken back. Phil pills it up for arthritis. No phil is not tougher than tiger. No one in golf is.

    Bottom line is what tiger thinks of the early season pga tour schedule changes, not much. Tiger is the same old tiger getting ready to peak at Augusta and the other majors, then have enough left innthe tank to win the big bonus designed specifically for him many moons ago. Finsih with a team event, which this year should be possitive because its not a ryder cup year.

    Lefty on the other hand does play a lot early especially on the west coast. I wish tiger playes every west coast event except the sleeper at la quinta but thats just not the case unfortunately.

    Phil was awesome at pebble. As many golf scribes have written off tiger and phil the past decade after every downturn, I always dispute it. Tiger and phil are so special They can both win pga tour events into their 60s.

    That being said Lefty was even trying to hit fairways at Pebble this week. Phils bomb and gouge strategy was perfect with soft fairways protecting drives from going into the Pacific. That and rough shorter than most muni fairways helped make phils Strategy succesaful.

    But come this summer phil knows Caseys strategy could work really well. And his could not, he said it to kostis himself.

    Im just left reminded of how much all the guys in their 30s and 40s have been written off the last few years. Aside from Champ I havent seen too many significant “young guns” do nothing in quite a while because the old guys are dominating once again.
    Its nice the old guns got rickie now.

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      Tom Edrington

      Great observations, Thanks Baxter!

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        Tom Edrington

        This has basically turned into a social issue, guy worth north of $40 million doesn’t step up and do the right thing for a third-world citizen who helped him win nearly $1.3 million. It’s become a perception of social injustice.

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