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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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    baxter cepeda

    Rory put so much emphasis on bryson because driving prowess has always been the key to his success.

    Rory can get ultra hot with the irons; wedges and short game; he can even get rolling with the putter.

    But the driver has always been rorys identity and he knows it’s the key to his consistent success.

    So can’t blame the guy for experimenting with some of what bryson is showing is possible. No doubt he will get back to Rory driving.

    But ultimately it’s rorys shorter approaches and putting which falls short too often; and Blaming all that on chasing bryson is kinda making lame excuses imo considering these are all old issues.

    Rory will eventually see his old coach again and that will help. Meanwhile Cowan is a helpful pair of eyes; someone whom has cache to confidently recommend tweaks because he likely won’t cause major damage with giant changes. So all that is good.

    Ultimately Rory—who is a father now — needs to decide how great he still wants to be. Not questioning rorys work ethic but while quality work with coaches is important, simply putting in a good quantity of work (by oneself) has to be getting tougher for Rory these days.

    He’s given himself time after the Masters. If he has fixed the minor issues with driver, and made some improvements elsewhere, Rory can definitely do it this week. But that’s a big if at this point.

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      Tom Edrington

      I think you need to re-read and pay attention to Paul McGinley pointing out that Rory is about as good from 50-150 yards out as, well, no one!

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        baxter cepeda

        No argument that Rorys short approach game is undeniably bad lately.

        But we have also seen Rory hole out from 50-150 when that’s all he had to stay in contention; as he did in East Lake.

        The year he threw away the Masters if you remember he hit some of the most sublime approach shots ever. I think he holed one with unbelievable spin control. The driver let him down that day.

        If there’s one thing we know is Rorys statistical weaknesses —even the underwhelming eye tests— can suddenly catch fire for a period of time. And they will again.

        Imo this will happen when Rory Gets back to work with his lifelong coach. Not taking anything away from anyone but that’s obviously a special duo even with some holes.

        Bryson’s growth and success has a lot to do with his coach seemingly being by his side 24-7 the last couple years… while Rory never really sees his guy.

        Rickie lost His lifelong coach, who recommended butch, only to lose butch to retirement; not easy.

        What would happen to JT if his pops couldn’t work with him for some reason?

        Same with super consistent Sergio and his dad; and so many others whom have a rock of a coach; what would happen to them if they spent two years apart?

        That’s the big question for me.

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          Tom Edrington

          Butch is “semi” retired, still works with those who really WANT to work; You obviously love Rory almost as much as my neighbor Lucy!

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            baxter cepeda

            I like Rory because he produces big time moments like few can; but theres a bunch of guys ahead of him on my rooting list.

          2. Tom Edrington

            I tell my neighbor Lucy and it was a great line from my sister when she saw me pulling for Rory and it went: “Rory will always let you down.” So far, that’s been pretty spot-on by my sis!

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    RM

    As I recall, Tom, you had a column about this very problem with Rory’s wedge game a year or two ago. Love to see him solve it, and hate to hear about him chasing extra distance.

    I don’t have the stats but my perception was that Rory became a bit more injury prone when he went to hard core weight workouts a la Tiger. Hope he doesn’t decide the new solution with Bryson’s extra yardage is to add about 15 pounds to his midsection.

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      Tom Edrington

      Rory’s looking fit lately and can’t wait to see how he performs this week at Quail Hollow after some time off to practice.

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