Tony Finau Is Talent-Rich -- So Why Doesn't He Win? | Dog Leg News

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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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    baxter cepeda

    Years ago we were volunteering at the Sony, best job ever, the caddie food tent. We worked a couple hours, ate three meals. Had a place to relax.
    Anyhow I met Bodine briefly that day and remember telling him something like what a great player he has. He didn’t say much, which begs the question if he was too quiet?
    Tony clearly needs a kick in the ass sometimes; a reminder he is a champion and he needs to go get it. His wife and mom grew up in the area we live, Maybe he can find a strong, tough caddie around here….Or me.
    Summerhays is doing amazing work with Tony still; as in Finau is still improving. If Bruce stays on the bag they should figure out a W very soon.
    After Bruce Tony doesn’t need Stevie, but he needs someone a little more on that caddie spectrum imo.
    Breakups are tough but Tony doesn’t seem like the guy to fire his caddie on a whim. This is a long time coming. Now From what I’ve seen Bodine would be a great fit for many players, from young for his experience to veterans because he isn’t the most annoyingly assertive.

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      Tom Edrington

      Great info, Baxter; The “old standard” for caddies was to keep up and shut up; I find many players rely more and more on their caddies; Jack never required much from Angelo, his longtime guy; Phil and Bones were probably the most talkative duo…..let’s see how Tony performs this weekend….the only other top 25 guys in the field now that DJ is out are Brooks and Tommy Fleetwood, neither of whom are in top form right now.

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        baxter cepeda

        Fleetwood a game looked very sharp Wednesday.


          Tom Edrington

          Tommy’s knocking off the rust, nothing impressive to start 3M but will look for him to play well at PGA.

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      baxter cepeda

      *Boyd not Bruce. Sorry.

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    Once again Edrington doesn’t have a clue. Finau can’t putt.

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      Tom Edrington

      Once again, you failed to read closely, we said “overall short game” and to those of us who understand golf, we know that putting is one of the short-game essentials…..Tony’s putting has improved lately if you’ve watched him.

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    I have followed Tony since his ‘Big Break days”. When he was younger and moving up in ranks he was considered a good putter. When he wins again and gets a little more comfortable he will putt well again. Most long hitters have had distance control problems with short irons early in their careers. Tony should get with a great short game instructor to work with him. He certainly has all the other tools.

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      Tom Edrington

      Absolutely, I watched that Big Break when he and his brother competed. Tony is very likable, easy to pull for.

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      baxter cepeda

      I agree on the putting. He has been a pretty good putter. He is also very like able, for sure.
      Imo it comes down to clutch ness. He has been out-clutched many times. But he is getting there. #2 is right around the corner.

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