Tiger & Peyton Prevail In A Very Rainy, $20 Million Nail-Biter | Dog Leg News

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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

    It’s a cliche but this thing had a little bit of everything. Needling, Hole outs, driving it on greens, eagles, sticking it to 2 feet, Weather, all coming down to the last hole for BIG charity dollars.

    The whole Brady thing stole the show. To go from being that guy everyone wants a piece of to the guy with the hole out was mind blowing.

    The unanswered question of this whole thing is why no driver in the bag for Brady? We know he can afford one. We also know his partner Lefty has gone without a driver, but Phil’s 2 drivers strategy would have been better for Brady; who should have kept his fairway woods out of the bag instead of driver.

    Manning was solid with that steady draw and sound putting. Phil was awesome starting slow but provided the side side entertainment throughout. He was awesome

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      baxter cepeda

      And then there’s tiger; star amongst stars. The only true international superstar of the fore some looked healthy, relaxed and in mid season form. All good things.

      Seminole’s production was pretty great imo, especially compared to all the Zoom TV lately, but the folks with the cameras at Medalist really stepped up in that terrible weather to provide the audience a great show.

      The only loser was the rain failing to dampen the show.

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        Tom Edrington

        I think the rain added some drama; We saw how well the pros handled it without caddies; I was digging Tiger’s “Mike Tomlinson” beard….

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      Tom Edrington

      The entire day was enjoyable; At first I thought Barkley was a waste of space; As it turned out, he was the instigator of some real good trash-talking; Maybe Brady is one of those guys who just hasn’t found confidence in using a driver…..he was at a disadvantage on that course…..but he did his job on the back nine, got that driving iron in play and let Phil hit the shots into the greens; BIG missed putts on the back nine by both Phil, Tom and one three footer by Manning, who didn’t play very well on the final nine except for the stuffed shot on the par three and that clutch iron onto the green of the final hole to let “Mr. Eldrick” snuggle the 40-footer for the win.

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        baxter cepeda

        There’s a reason tnt pays Barkley 1.5$ million per, the Auburn Tigers Greeeat !

        We should also mention Justin Thomas who came out not shy with his broadcasting, smack talking everything from Phil’s driving to the Falcons. He also brought depth picking Lefty’s Brain on that sublime chip and providing inside info on home games with Tiger. Tiger gets a big ‘meow’ anytime he leaves putts short. JT has a future in broadcasting… JT has a lot of futures really.

        Chuck on the other hand is pondering retirement; relinquishing his sports commentating crown. Like Johnny Miller we won’t really miss Chuck until he is done.

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          Tom Edrington

          Yes, J.T. was really fun, but he’s a LONG, LONG way from that broadcasting stuff, too talented and has a long golf career in front of him…

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    RM

    I was skeptical about the celeb/pro format, and remain so, generally. But this one was a winner. Everyone was playing to win, but still keeping some good fellowship. Fascinating insight to me to hear Phil read shots for Brady.

    The other thing that strikes me is the capacity of these pro athletes at the top of their sport being able to become so proficient at golf in their spare time. Sure, many if not most golfers downplay whatever level they play to (before the match Brady described his own game as being terrible, or something like that).

    However, we also know that someone who is a single digit handicapper (Manning at 5 and Brady at 8, I believe) is a pretty damn good golfer, who typically has devoted long days, weeks, and years to get there. . Sure, I know they have the best coaching, etc. available and some time in off seasons, but they are both busy people with families, business interests, media, stuff, and staying in shape for their own sport that makes demands on their time.

    I have to think some of it is simply the difference between a professional athlete and most normal folks. I played once with a former pro baseball player who played golf pretty casually and was amazed by the proficiency of his game as compared to how relatively limited time he spent on golf.

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      Tom Edrington

      I find it hard to believe Brady is an eight after he shot 51 on the front nine; His weak left-hand grip on the club is a fatal flaw and that’s why he lost countless shots to the right; So if he’s getting instruction, they need to fix his grip; Manning’s retired, he’s expected to play well, played fine on front, didn’t play that well on back with the exception of two great shots over the last three holes — tee shot into 16 then the iron shot into 18 that put the putter in Tiger’s hands — game over.

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        baxter cepeda

        I was thinking the same as Tom about Brady’s 8.
        #8? #eyeroll.

        Bradys Left hand grip and aim right; as if to bomb draws, which never came. Eventually he aimed more left.

        The compare-contrast between Brady and Manning was fascinating.

        Brady’s amazing leadership is from being a great follower/student and teammate. He listened to Phil just like he listened to Bill; the best he could.

        Manning like Brady is a a great teammate, but also an especially smart man. Peyton didn’t need tiger giving him a lesson on every putt just like he never needed a Belichik because he was Belichik Jr; Or one of the smartest offensive coordinators in the game… while still under center.

        Brady is a smart cat, don’t get me wrong, and he can slap it around decent considering 6 chips, but Mannings intellect is why he golfs so well despite his own busy life. Imo. Peytons putting alone is no joke.

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          Tom Edrington

          Brady made nine there and yes, he struggled mightily with the exception of that one wedge shot; Even Koepka offered another $100k if Brady could par either eight or nine but that was a safe bet for BK; Yes, it was fun to see the two QBS in the mix.

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    Golfnutt

    The banter among the players was the best ever because the coverage was focused just on these 4 players plus Barkley. They stuck with them and we got to hear everything. Very entertaining. However, TBS left early to go to a movie and we did not get to see the last two holes. Bummer. Heidi anyone?

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      Tom Edrington

      TNT was fine…..just a matter of switching channels…

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