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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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  1. 1

    RM

    Nice summary. At this stage, I can only wish him well in however he chooses to approach this. You have to wonder how many times he can mount up a charge and try to climb the wall again.

    Would be nice to see the old Tiger roar once more, but I can realistically only hope he’ll be able to find some sort of tribal elder/ambassador role that keeps him playing at a comfortable level that lets us see him from time to time to remind us of the glory days.

    1. 1.1

      Tom Edrington

      Sports tends to cling to its superstars, even after they are past their prime with the hope of glimpses from past glory; Pain, cut, mend, rehab, ease your way back……you can only do that so often, and now he’s going on 46…

  2. 2

    baxter cepeda

    Cant say no one does rehab as well as tiger.

    Yes he works as hard as anyone in rehab but arguably too hard, too fast and so forth.

    From non surgery injuries to back fusions tiger has arguably always pushed too much, too hard to get back too soon.

    While the mounting surgeries are a concern, as with Corona, we’ve all been through this for a while now.

    We know what to expect.

    Tiger will play the Masters, possibly sooner. The main question will be if he had enough reps following the latest surgery to win another jacket. Chances are he will not have had enough reps to satisfy everyone; regardless he likely will still be in the conversation to win.

    1. 2.1

      Tom Edrington

      His clubhead speed was 129 in March of 2018; Now it’s well below 115; Cut, repair, rehab, work one’s way back; He’s 45 going on 46….While he’s resting, mending and practicing sparingly, the best keep getting better and the mountain to climb is like Mt. Everest at this point in his career and he has no Sherpa guides to get him up there

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        baxter cepeda

        He is the lead Sherpa Tom. He doesn’t need no stinking guides.
        The club head speed was questionable then and it is super overrated anyway.
        Tiger did not win his last masters jacket with club head speed. He won it with a reliable high draw and good putting. I watched his practice round with the fireman that year. He was playing extremely within himself.
        He can do that again.
        The current club speed will climb back up. But again, it’s not as important as it is for Bryson or rory.

        All I can say is Stop writing this man off. At some point sports writers have to learn better. I get it journalists are not doctors or lawyers, but we have to be smarter than that. !

        1. 2.1.1.1

          Tom Edrington

          Baxter, I’ve had three major surgeries, I’m a rehab freak…..problem is, Tiger is fighting against time and please, please show me a superstar in any sport who won the victory against time?? Closest I’ve seen is Tom Brady here in Tampa getting the Buccaneers into the NFC title game but he’s got an incredible corps of receivers. I’m telling you that Tiger’s practice time gets shorter with each surgery and that in and of itself is his biggest obstacle….especially practice with the putter because his back won’t allow him countless hours of time with the flatstick….I just don’t see it, sorry, hope he proves me wrong.

  3. 3

    baxter cepeda

    Aside from Brady (off the top of my head) all those great QBs like brees, Big Ben, Rodgers, these are STILL the best aside from 1-2 young cats.
    Joe Montana with KC.

    Jack at 46.
    Tom Watson at 59
    Vijay.
    Ben hogan as an old cripple.
    Tigers masters win.
    Davis in his 50s after a fusion that seemed scarier than tigers.

    Bobby Orr.
    The Great One did incredible things at the end as a LA King ( I was there).

    Pele was incredible at the end. Zinedine Zidane was elite super old.

    Roger and Rafa. Remember jimmy connors?

    Kelly slater finished third at the ultra competitive pipeline masters in December…at 48. He still has a shot at a 12th world title.

    I could go on. Almost every major sport has many examples of old guys winning.

    The thing to keep in mind is athletes win much to begin with —just ask Tony finau— so the list of guys whom will win old and patched up is a very small one, but tiger —and Phil— are very much on it.

    1. 3.1

      Tom Edrington

      I think Phil is beginning to realize he’s going to have a really tough time competing on the regular tour. I know you and the rest of the world are hoping dearly for Tiger to win again….it would be great but Jack had no surgeries, Watson had no surgeries, although I’m not sure if he had his first hip replacement before he almost won the Open Championship; Vijay: no surgeries; Tiger: Double digit surgeries.

      1. 3.1.1

        baxter cepeda

        But tiger has always won after the last 9 surgeries.

        Phil, imo realizes he has a very good chance at winning the super season title they are having over there.
        So yes of course, if he is having a dud season, he will spend more time getting the Shwab Cup (if that’s what it still is).

        1. 3.1.1.1

          Tom Edrington

          Sure hope Tiger can at least find No. 83 but with his VERY LIMITED schedule, he doesn’t get many shots at it….plus he’s in against very strong fields….and as they say on Wall Street: “Hope is your worst enemy in the marketplace”

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            baxter cepeda

            The limited schedule is somewhat misleading; not just for injury.

            2020 really messed tigers schedule due to an abundance of caution for covid. And it cost him.

            2019 he tried to play a more selective schedule by choice really. And it cost him.

            Sure, Tiger looks tight, and just got another snip, but we have seen more than enough of this new tiger to have reasonable hope that once he resumes even a modest schedule, 83 will happen soon after.

            Missing Torrey seems terrible for tiger but it’s obviously not at this point. Of all the places he has dominated it’s the place he maybe no longer has the skills required…at least in January.

            Torrey is a simple bombers track in January, which is no longer tigers clear advantage, but it’s the sneaky chilly San Diago weather that really eliminates the advantages Tiger might still have at other bombers paradises he has ruled like Augusta or Arnie’s place.

            The again Torrey in the summer for a major could be ideal for tiger.

            The last time Torrey hosted a major Not only was tiger able to get around better than anyone, he did it on one leg.

            And the next best guy was Rocco, as you know, whom was already a short, back riddled, almost senior tour player.

            I’m just saying…

          2. Tom Edrington

            Baxter, just saying, keep saying that to yourself; I don’t see it, I’d be thrilled to see Tiger just dig up an ordinary win….

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