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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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    RM

    Impressive playoff for Simpson.He seems like one of those guys who flies a bit under the radar, He doesn’t usually seem to be part of the pre-tournament chatter about favorites, but is a very, very good player who is eminently capable of a win in any tournament. Not necessarily a player you want to be in a dogfight with over the final holes.

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      Tom Edrington

      Spot on, RM; Once Webb adjusted after the belly-putter ban, he’s done quite well; Tough, tough guy out there as we saw last Sunday!

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        baxter cepeda

        Webbs putter is on my mind more than Tony’s mind or anything else in the aftermath of Scottsdale.
        How did Webb get so good at putting after the ban?
        He found a way to anchor again.
        The biggest help of anchoring, the part that makes it cheesy— in being able to lock one or both wrists.
        Webb is clearly able to lock the left and as a result the right is easier to lock as well. Just like with belly putters Webb is able to get the read from his overly involved caddie, then Webb locks it in and forgets it…like the old infomercial. Set it and forget it.
        Meanwhile Tony is in the midst of that eternal struggle of controlling ones wrists while playing golf under pressure.
        I truly believe the usga made a mistake allowing anchoring to the elbow. Tony made some nice putts, that long one for par followed by a long birdie which put him back on top. But without that anchoring help it gets tougher and tougher to make putts down the stretch; unless your Tiger…or anchored.
        I mean if Rickie putts like that to beat a Tony you have to tip your hat, but it’s hard to feel that watching Webb putt well like that.
        That being said Tony can learn from Webb how to turn over a few more stones… finau already has a mix of 5 putting grips but maybe anchoring is the answer.
        It always seems to be for Webb.

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          baxter cepeda

          Now, I don’t want to sound like I’m not a Webb fan. Clearly Webb deserves a lot more credit than I give above.
          Aside from putting style thing, Webb’s success clearly comes from Mamba mentality. It is very easy to appreciate Simpson and his teams methodical hard work finding ways to get it done. Webb also goes about things in a very classy fashion.
          Just had to add that.

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            Tom Edrington

            Webb now a top 10 guy but still probably one of the tour’s most under-rated

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          Tom Edrington

          Agreed on all points Baxter…..great observations!!

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