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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

    You wrote 10 is a par 5, which some may argue it is.

    Tae Hoon Kim’s 3 peat on cars is a mind blowing accomplishment.

    As for contenders it’s clear the guys whom been doing well out west are good picks and the guys who’ve been in a lab somewhere not so much; not at riv which simply requires in form golfers; as opposed to exciting track man golfers .

    Good for Sam who came out firing again Friday. But he knows it’s Gonna be a long, possibly windy weekend towards that first W.

    I did not make a pick but I believe Cantlay is still lurking in LA…my pick last week at pebble. And of course Jordan is still playing well.

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      Tom Edrington

      We also like to say that the Road Hole at St. Andrews is an easy par five….

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        baxter cepeda

        Those are the best holes ARENT they ?
        Par 4s that look like 3s but play like 5s; none better than the 10th.
        Also Par 4s that feel like ego par 5s; like the road hole.
        par 5s that feel like par 4s but often leave you with 7s; Augustas collection is the best example.
        Par 3s that feel like driveable par 4s like the raddan 4th at riviera or the 16th at cypress.
        Crazy short par 3s like the 12 at Augusta or the postage stamp hole accross the pond, or the 7th at pebble or the little par 3 15th at cypress.


          Tom Edrington

          The only thing I heard that I totally agreed with when they spoke about 10 at Riviera this week is that it’s too bad it’s not one of the finishing holes……would be very cool if it was, say, the 15th.


            baxter cepeda

            The best hole in golf would be great anywhere in a round.

            While it would be nice towards the end; if the Riv routing were the same, it wouldn’t be better; it wouldn’t even be the same. It would be lost.

            Anyone who’s been on site knows that 10th tee box makes players feel even more on a Hollywood stage than even the iconic first tee shot at riviera.

            Standing on 10 tee, people are everywhere. The clubhouse on the hill is towering behind. Players are crossing from 2-3. 9 and 18 are right there. The range is just down there to the left. It’s just an amazingly busy place to hit the most exacting tee shot in golf. I can’t imagine it being anywhere else.

            Also pundits describe how a hole like this is better early enough to give players a chance to come back. It’s important to remember this hole is disguised as an eagle opportunity but it’s really a try to avoid triple hole.

            10 played as the first hole is awesome as well because it seems like a short warmup hole but what it really does is test the nerves when the nerves are the highest. Morikawa crashed hard this week in that scenario.

            10 also always gets me thinking a lot about 1 at hogans LA alley. 1 is a great hole —kinda — as a must make birdie hole.

            But it would be awesome imo if they turned 10 green complex into something as demanding and exacting for the second shot into that easily reachable par 5 as the tee shot is for the iconic 10th.

            By shrinking the first green into a peanut as well, they would have both 9s start with holes short for their pars but with conundrums abound.

            10 is the best hole in golf. The fact we daydream about it working in all these different scenarios is only a tiny part of why it is the best.

            And it’s really not even close.

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