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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

    Great stuff Tom.
    I disagree quite often with this scribe readers but like anyone not poised to make a few bucks from this shady major with the Evian, I agree strongly in this case.

    Like everyone whom follows golf it was easy to agree that Mike Whan was a genius…until this… where his success made him feel like the Beetles, only in the commissioners case bigger than Bobby Jones, Jack and Tiger combined.

    Since the Evian major designation Whan has lost so much respect he could literally cure world thirst and many of us would still say: yeah but he still sold out to sponsors and created a cheesball major.

    We’ve all heard the justifications but unlike Evian no one is buying it.

    And to Toms point, in 2018 being sponsored by the folks whom basically invented the most senseless form of pollution, single serving plastic bottles, should be considered a huge part of the flaws here. The act of selling water alone makes me sick but to think of all the plastic is just sad.

    It is a nice course, its quarkiness being what makes it unpredictable as it is not so easy for the bombers to simply outpace everyone with distance; as can be done at courses like the Brickyard.

    In some ways its the Sawgrass of the ladies game, only the tpc has luckily still not forced itself into major status.

    I actually believe this Evian (and Players) controversy is one of the main reasons golfchannel.com stopped allowing readers posts. GC are clearly one of those parties in position to make a few extra bucks from this senseless major designation for Evian.

    Despite this company bias, often even GCs own experts need to be true to themselves and go on record against this event as a major.
    Regardless of the time of year its held, water in a bottle of from the sky is not what most flaws this event…it is simply its status.
    Like The Players, its a nice event…until they ruin it annually by trying to make it bigger than it is. All in the name of money and at the cost of credibility and integrity.
    Also, its amazing how easy it is to remember the four women whom won majors this year, but after this week it will get a lot harder. Think about it, quick, who won womens majors last year? Not so quick to remember because remembering 5 things is like 20% harders than remembering 4.
    It’s time time to quench this issue.

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      Tom Edrington

      Baxter: We always welcome and encourage your deep thought, as in this case. Thanks for the observations, and we’re going to have the quotes from the Evian tournament director that France basically gives a rat’s patootie about golf!

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    baxter cepeda

    Forgot to mention this is one of those Lpga events which did a do over, scratching posted scores and starting again. Probably to preserve some integrity fir their valued sponsors but actually only further damaging some of the tours integrity.

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