Barbarians At The Gate: Premier League Joins Fray Against PGA Tour - 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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    Edrington = Shipnuck, 2 losers.

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      Tom Edrington

      Let’s see, Alan is one of the most decorated golf writers ever, I’ve got two national championships — pretty good for “losers” — how many national championships have you garnered in what you do for a living?

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        baxter cepeda

        Tom I appreciate your responses as much as anyone but you don’t need to respond to these childish comments from people with really weird names;
        Aka anonymous trolls.
        Hey but at least he belt it short.

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    baxter cepeda

    Stole the idea? Like the pga tour stole the idea of tournaments from the traditional golf organizations that hold the majors? Only for the pga tour to saturate the calendar with their tournaments? And then like some sort of gang or something threatening their peeps if they ever try to get out?

    This is the most obvious business in the world. There has been threats on the pga tour for a long, long time as we know. Greg Norman has been pushing for decades.

    The difference is the former commissioners of the pga tour have been able to hold the proverbial Barbarians at the door by being one step ahead.

    Under this commissioner—whom as Finchems minion is now of a bygone era — doesn’t have the ever evolving barbarians at the door, they are in the door. They are starting to eat from his giant turkey.

    As Tom describes in the story both Greg Norman/LIv/Saudis and this Andy/premier thing have tried to work with Monahan. But Monahan too fattened from his big turkeys didn’t have the vision of if you can’t beat them, let them joint you—along with their endless loot.

    If Monahan just opened the door he could have still kinda been the leader of this whole thing; Stuck in the last he passed on all that.

    Its not who had the idea first
    To charge this weak sheriff — it’s about who put their money where their mouth is first.

    And in a few weeks that’s going to be the Shark and LIv and the Saudis.

    But for me it’s mainly the Shark, whom when this first actual tournament goes down in London next month, it will have started the culmination of a vision he imagined long ago of a tour designed to improve on the pga tours shortcomings.

    Now I believe the pga tour can still align strategically with both these parties of barbarians. For their own good, imo, The sooner they do the more terms they will control, which would be a good thing. Eva use everyone wants the pga tour to remain extremely successful.

    Ultimately it is about what is better for the players, which is the slogan the pga tour sell along with the charity thing. And the best thing fir the players is that anyone whom wants to throw fortunes at them to play golf should be entertained.

    Imo There really is a way here for everyone to work together to bring astronomical amounts of new riches into the sport; allowing them all to continue getting richer and richer on the backs of professional tour golfers; just as the original kings of golf have been doing for centuries now.

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      Tom Edrington

      The LIV Series will simply be a “PRE-Senior” Tour with over-the-hill guys like Westwood, Sergio, Luke Donald and such who are losing their ability to compete with the under 40 guys — too early for the Champions Tour so this is a 40-something money-grab — answer this Baxter: Would you pay $125 a day to go see those guys compete against a bunch of amateurs? Norman is “filling” his fields with amateurs —

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        baxter cepeda

        I don’t pay for anything. But if my wife gets it I would rather watch the sergios (still my stars) and future stars of the world than the Corey conners.
        Imo the world ranking is a young mans chart, but not necessarily a reflection of the sport stars that can still win majors. I think Sergio can still win majors. I think Phil can still win majors. I think these star amateurs can still min majors.
        Ideally we see everybody strategically as often as possible.
        Only one man and his organizations is trying to threaten to take away the possibility to see everyone if players ever play with someone else.
        We paid over 100 $ for us opens, men and women. I get it it’s the us open. Like I said before I think Liv will adjust their prices accordingly depending on exactly what talent they have …for now. But in time some, as more and more stars come in for these epic money shootouts, people will pay, maybe even my wife. But probably not me no. I’m extremely proud of myself for getting two women mothers days gifts this year; which only happened because I found myself in a Maui mall while on trip to states; not a great performance but only two sisters and two girls from the same school in the top 10 (a school which will have a reality show on hbo about its famous high school football team; whose coaches “run” the golf team comprised mostly of my keiki).
        All they needed was one more score to be in the team championship. But the big school that Obama and wie went to won the chip with only one chick in the top 15. But that young lady set the state champs record. And I know my girls can beat her. They have. And they will. Aloha.

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