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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

    This has nothing to do with eroding skills. Every golfer today goes through his ups and downs and DJ beautiful mind is one who’s focus has gone up and down as much as anyone. But make no mistake, Dustin Johnson is still a major winning type of player. This is a player who could show up to pga tour events for life. But still chose the alternative. That’s powerful.

    The sponsor aspect is interesting. What’s on my mind is a while ago I saw some article about how much these players get from sponsors. While the numbers from sponsors are nice, if you can get it, they are literally nothing compared to the signing bonus from LIv, not to mention the tournament prizes. And even if sponsors like RBC ditch DJ, others will eventually pay for their logos on DJ…Not that he will need the money…then again with Paulina DJ and The Great Ones bank accounts are likely always in some jeopardy.

    Of course Gooch is anything but eroding. And he is as good ol boy American (seeming) as it gets. This is the one that really worries me if I’m suddenly-toms-boo Monahan. We also see top amateur players or just turned pros with plenty of talent signing. Also very powerful stuff.

    There is room for more names but already there is a lot of quality on this list. As more players of quality make this decision -which gets easier to make with each quality name that does so— it just opens the flood gates that much more.

    As I’ve been saying regardless of where players want to play most of their golf, players should play LIv some so as to take a stand against any tour threatening to cancel players for playing any other tour.

    No tour will lose money. All these golf tour, even with some new competition, will only continue to grow their revenue. All This is just more opportunities and money for players.

    It’s time golfers establish themselves as the independent contractors they have always been told they are.

    And DJ of all people, is leading the way. All you can say is wow.

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      Tom Edrington

      Wow to the money, see ‘ya later to DJ; In my other comments to you I think I”ve addressed the Independent Contractor issue….you don’t join a company or organization without signing an agreement, even if you are an independent contractor and agree to abide by those rules; We sign agreements, agreeing to not disagree; Well, yes, D.J. is free to go. I certainly won’t miss him and I think a lot of it also had to do with the FAT commission his management company earned from that 125M; DJ’s skills are eroding; He won every year on Tour for seemingly forever, now he’s going on two years without a W — take off your blinders, Baxter.

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