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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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16 Comments

  1. 1

    beege

    Hi Tom,
    what is equally bad is that none of the guys working the telecast had the nerve to contradict Johnny–jake, gary, hicks notay etc none of them stepped up–it was windy–he hit a few errant shots–which was not entirely out of character for rickie anyway–compound that with a health lead and I would praise him for doing exactly what was needed to come in with the least number of strokes for 72 holes–which is the object of the game! the short game and putting by the way johnny is about 1/2 of the whole and he was superior at that all week long. God forbid rory stumbles this week–look out below!

    1. 1.1

      Tom Edrington

      Amen to that!

    2. 1.2

      phuketkenny

      I suppose you did not consider that the reason none of the other commentators contradicted him might be because they agreed with him?
      Woodland had the best chance; had he not stumbled it would have been very interesting to see how Rickie responded to the challenge.

      1. 1.2.1

        Tom Edrington

        All I know is that Rickie Fowler is a multiple winner, he is still getting better thanks to his work with Butch Harmon and wouldn’t surprise me to see Rickie get in the mix at a couple of majors this year. And speaking of a couple of majors, that’s all Johnny won, not even as many as Larry Nelson.

  2. 2

    rgrijalva

    It’s too bad that T.V. ratings can’t tell if your sound is on. Enjoy watching golf, but mute it when Johnny is an announcer. He’s so full of himself and if anyone wins, it always reminds him of Tiger. Must be on Tigers payroll.

    1. 2.1

      Tom Edrington

      Johnny is waaaaaay full of himself…….a certain NBC guy I know personally confirmed that!

  3. 3

    jonnyt623

    I cannot stand Johnny Miller as a commentator.He is so self self serving. Pompous, and so full of himself. I mute the sound when he is on. I do not want to hear how he would have played a shot or the course. He has been a has been for decades now and never lived up to the hype when he did play. Shut up already and call the shots hit as they were hit and not how you would have hit the shot.

    1. 3.1

      Tom Edrington

      Yes, you think it was Johnny who won 18 majors.

  4. 4

    itagimme

    I liked the comment Johnny made when Fowler hit a flyer out of the rough. “that looked like a heat seeking missile with Vaseline on it”! Lol

    1. 4.1

      Tom Edrington

      I wonder how Johnny knows about Vaseline? Some guys used to try and rub some on the face of the club to take the spin off.

  5. 5

    phuketkenny

    I’ve been watching Johnny Miller since his glory days of excellent golf before the days of Tiger,
    and have enjoyed following his colourful and entertaining career as a colour commentator on golf.
    Your denigration of his style and success bemoans your own lack of fame and smacks of jealousy for a man that is not intimidated to tell it as he sees it. His success as a commentator would indicate that there are enough true golfers out there that follow his opinions, appreciate his stye and that encourage him to continue in his own fashion. Have you forgotten that TV is an Entertainment medium? More than anything I have always enjoyed Miller’s straight ahead, direct, unflinching way of presenting the game. Your personal attack on his golf record ( as a journalist you can not ignore his past success playing the game, as much as you attempt to do so ), speaks volumes to your desperation to belittle him. Totally unwarranted. Dissenting opinions from your own, need to be heard. Ask any golf fan if they have heard of Johnny Miller. Try the same with the name of Tom Edrington.

    1. 5.1

      Tom Edrington

      Thanks for the comment, you did manage to make me laugh heartily, I see there are plenty here who agree with me and I can tell you I know one of his NBC golf colleagues who whispered to me that Johnny Miller is indeed quite full of himself.

    2. 5.2

      noezmoney

      AMEN to all you’ve said…Johnny Miller for ‘forever’ has been the arrogant person he is because he is (or maybe was) one of the most talented players on the pro circuit.

      You will never hear or read anything negative about Miller from those who also played during his (Miller’s) era.

      Kind of sad to see that Edrington has such a hard time accepting Miller for who he now is because of who he was when he was a player.

      BTW…Edrington’s one NBC friend who ‘shares Edrington’s opinion must be a real player at NBC – NOT! – because Miller is still under a very long standing contract.

      1. 5.2.1

        Tom Edrington

        From all the comments I’ve seen here and on Facebook, most pretty much agree with me about Johnny Miller. I did cover him as a player but I spent more time with Nicklaus, Watson, Palmer, you know the good guys. You’d be shocked at who my insider at NBC is.

  6. 6

    ramco1

    Tom it is great to see that as a golf writer you have no clue what you are talking about. I have listened to all the commentators for years and Miller provides more insight on the game than several others combined. Many times he accurately predicts what will happen before the shot is executed. Maybe you are a Gary McCord fan. Thank God there is a mute button on my TV so I can shut him up. Nobody delivers more drivel. How many times do we have to listen to him say < "he will have to put some change on that one?" IF Gary is on for two hours you are lucky if he provides one comment that is valuable to the viewer. I am going to follow you a lot more closely so I will no where to place you on my list of clueless commentators. I can almost guarantee you a Top 10 ranking.

    1. 6.1

      Tom Edrington

      Obviously you’re a friend of Johnny Miller, can you tell us why he didn’t show up in Mexico City?

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