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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

    Agree this should have been an 18 hole show Tom.

    But the first glimpse of the leaderboard once coverage did start was exciting as heck with all these big names —mostly guys whom are actually not so big physically: Rory, Collin, Rickie, and Abraham Ancer, amongst others.

    Ancer, who despite having an albatross as he contended into Sunday, didn’t get any love in Toms article. But Can’t blame Tom considering this game story had no shortage of big names, big moments, and of course Rory quotes.

    The story of the week is Rickie. He didn’t win but considering his situation he is the weeks big winner. He got Butch time, as did many players, but Rick got what should be known as “the approval” from the goat of golf instruction. Tillerys work with Rickie has Harmons approval, which he was clearly right. Goat being goat.

    Rickie tied with another nice story in Keith Mitchell, whom half way through this contest was making this spanking new championship course look obsolete already being 18- under par. But The course, which presented itself beautifully, beat up Mitchell Saturday and for the most part held it’s own over the weekend.

    As Mitchell was tearing up the Summit, home boy Morikawa was was not even in the rear view mirror, he was a distant memory. Collin being that far off was incredibly weird because Collin has become the king of courses no one is familiar with, especially when he is somewhat familiar. But then it was even more incredible that he somehow finished second. Morikawa is a friking stud.

    And then there is Rory, who has more to say than me and Tom combined, which is saying a lot. The truth is Rory is still practically unbeatable when he is clicking on all cylinders. He showed it again this week.

    Earlier this week we discussed rorys explanation of why no one is winning more than 3 times lately. We agreed to disagree with Rory. We feel no one is good enough to separate themselves right now. But some players are very close.

    Rory despite 3 parts of the game holding him back —wedges, putting and consistency — is probably the closest.

    Rory got to 20 pga tour wins with this one, which is a remarkable achievement, but man if he can just shore up these 3 things some, he can still be a 5 wins or more guy with many more majors.

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      Tom Edrington

      Summit Club isn’t really a challenging type of course for PGA Tour players, tailored to the membership; That being said, answer is play lots like this as par 70s…..hopefully next year the sponsor South Korean CJ Group can get the show back in the home country at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island…..

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        baxter cepeda

        Yes hopefully CJ Cup can return home. But it’s always fun to see these shiny new courses on the pga tour, isn’t it?

        Summits toughness was about the same as most courses on the pga tour. Really makes one appreciate the few courses like Valderrama that can be both fair and incredibly tough without doing anything.


          Tom Edrington

          No, Summit wasn’t up to PGA Tour standards, truth be known, taking altitude into the factoring, it played less than 7,000 yards and difficulty wasn’t there, it’s a member-friendly course…that from those who know the club….it was simply too easy, especially minus any noticeable wind.

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