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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

    The cynics would say with Monahans terrible leadership it’s getting easier to win on the pga tour —don’t get me started on the Barbassol— but Xander suddenly has 7 tour wins and that battle for best at second best with Tony is now all Tony.

    Xander is suddenly up there with his boo Cantlay the rest of the boys who win regularly.

    Tony and Xander have had a lot of similarities. But there is also some key differences. Xander is obviously diminutive compared to Tony. Imo for this reason Xander has that it factor; that doggedness and that beautiful technique that little guys have to work harder at.

    It’s great to see Xander inching himself closer to the hall of fame and stuff, albeit still a ways away. But mainly I’m happy for the guy having taken that monkey off his back of needing to win more. Of course now it is time for a major win. And who knows the 150th Open at The Home of Golf could be his first.

    One more player worth mentioning is kitayama. I mentioned him earlier in the week as he basically became my pick. I’m just so impressed with this guy. He started his career hot winning twice on the euros tour in like 11 starts. Then Of course came the period where it’s made clear it won’t be that easy. But now he seems to be in every tournament. His all around game, composure and sneaky power are a force to be reckoned with. He should get a big W soon. And yes the Open could be his time. No doubt he has the tools.

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      Tom Edrington

      I have watched the European (now DP World Tour) quite regularly, early morning viewing and very familiar with Kurt….good player.

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