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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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    That was quite a Sunday, and IMHO, a very gritty, tough performance by Rickie. The guys in the booth afterwards were seemingly downplaying it a bit, with the idea that Rickie had kind of backed into the win rather than taking charge and closing it out..

    I guess you could say that, but it’s golf, stuff happens. To win (as in all sports) you rarely will coast to victory. More often, the winner will have to eat a lot of dirt on the way. Rickie certainly did that, and made it happen in the end.

    I heard an NFL star player say a couple of weeks ago, “This is the playoffs. Teams that get here are good. These wins aren’t always pretty.”

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      Tom Edrington

      I’ve watched way too much golf over the years, never saw anything like what happened to Rickie……with his superb play on 15 and 17, he EARNED it!

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    baxter cepeda

    Refreshing low scoring all around sports Sunday.
    Johnny will be missed. So much…
    Rickie, even before this W, deserved to have people get of his back about wins. The guy has steadily won in a very tough era.
    He has the charisma and game of Arnie with the looks of dicaprio, but he is also a slight fellow in a game conspiring for giants these days.
    He has been an overachiever his entire golf career imo. Just an amazing man.
    Fowler does seem poised for a big year, as are Kuch, Woodland, and bubba for me.

    The consistent crowds at Scottsdale are becoming a thing of legend. Someone said it in the coverage, this golf event is quietly the greatest phenomenon in sports attendance.
    After last week the pga tour quickly got back to providing a better Product than the competition.

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      Tom Edrington

      Phoenix is indeed awesome, another 10-yr commitment from Waste Management, good platform for WM; I saw Rickie leave the last green on Sunday and immediately stopped to sign autographs for two soldiers in uniform….he’s a total class act, most guys head straight to the scoring room…..I think this one really showed Rickie exerting some of that “old school toughness” that Butch Harmon called for…..loved watching it, after the excitement of this, the Super Bowl laid one giant stinky egg.

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