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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

    Gotta like tigers chances at the tours best course; as voted by the players and preached by me for years. Augusta and Pebble are in the conversation of course.
    Augusta truly is something special design wise alone. It’s in its own category really.
    Pebbles design is great but not special like the other 2, especially now that they keep softening all those great greens.
    Like Augusta, Riviera has so many iconic shots it’s ridiculous. From the first tee shot down the hill, to the tough approach on 2, arguably the best par 3, then one of the coolest 3 shot holes with the bunker in the middle of the green so strategically and tastefully done, then that split fairway which had to be restored, the best short hole in the world which I call the best hole in the world…some of the strongest par 4s in the world on that back 9, including that awesome amphitheater finish with that iconic clubhouse atop the hill. Simply remarkable.

    Tigers adrenaline control with the Driver And putter will be key.
    I was at Riviera once or twice. I remember looking right into Tigers eyes on the putting green months before his first Masters win.
    I also remember a mob around tiger, dust flying. It’s hard to describe the scenes at times around tiger at Riviera.
    Hard not to get too pumped.
    Driving and putting seem to suffer most from too much energy.
    This and Tigers hiatus from Hogan’s Alley are the reason he has not won there.
    The difference now is Tigers driver game is controlled instead of power driven; and it’s working for him.
    The big question is can he maintain this newfound smoothness with the big dog and the flat dog at the event he arguably gets too pumped up for?
    I kinda say yes.
    I like tigers chances to keep it cool and Contend in lala town. And we know what usually happens from there.

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      Tom Edrington

      The only question to answer is: Who will put well on those Poa Annua greens? Tiger admits he’s never putted well here and therein lies the key…..

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