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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

    Happy for Hatton. He is different than Rahm because of their size and status. Rahm is a big blue chipper. His antics truly do not serve him well. But Hattons fits are more loveable, that being said any player like this constantly flirts with upsetting a lot of golfing elders. But the fact is without some emotion Hatton could not win; just ask Harris English. I’m actually proud of Harris looking super mad at one point putting his club back in the bag; talk about needing some of that.
    Hatton played the emotions perfectly. Goldie locks would be proud.
    Another note is Rolf saying he is concerned Arnies event could lose players because it’s so hard. I would hope players see what happened this weeks makes Hatton a legend. He won a real golf championship. Regardless of where this event stands in the pecking order of world golf, this is the kind of win that deserves extra respect, not just because it’s Mr Palmers invitational, but because it was an actual PGA Tour level challenge.
    Make no mistake, things will get easy again for the PGA Tour.
    I will miss all the challenging situations the tour has provided players since the start of the year; starting with windy Hawaii, all the great west coast tracks, and these Florida courses Really earning my respect this year and we are only half way done with the sunshine state.
    Rolf, this is a good thing.
    Maybe a bit tough but so much more exciting than the -20 under stuff.
    I don’t know about you but Tough makes me happy. And no doubt The King is satisfied today.

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      Tom Edrington

      Tough ends the distance dilemma debate, doesn’t it? Baxter, you should have seen how “tough” it was on Sunday back in 1980 — COLD and wind blowing 20-25…..I was the only media member who ventured out on the course, walked front nine with Eichelberger…..I was only 30, didn’t know any better…..thought I should bring my readers at the Tampa Tribune a first-hand taste of what it was like out there…….brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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        baxter cepeda

        It helps. But there are too many courses which cannot be made tough enough to stop the routine 350 in the air crew.

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          Tom Edrington

          Deep rough Baxter, deep rough!

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            baxter cepeda

            Yes deep rough helps.
            But many courses cannot always create thick rough. Courses need to get tougher by utilizing challenges other than sodded rough.
            There are many other ways, such as difficulty based on angles, slopes, bunkers, bushes. There tons of little things courses can do other than boring old consistent heavy sodded rough.
            Imo Many Championship courses need to be redesigned, or simply add challenges.
            It’s not always as simple as sodded rough. Golf has been down that route and it isn’t always the most entertaining or responsible choice to toughen things up.
            Every course is different. Each place needing to toughen up need to take a lot of factors into consideration.

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