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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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    Sorry you seem to side with Norman vs the PGATour, based on your suggestion in a previous article that the tour somehow did him wrong. I remember years ago Norman bragging about how he’d like to start a new tour and destroy the PGA Tour. The Tour coming up with World Tour events was simply self defense against this wife-stealing, best friend-backstabbing egomaniac.

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      Tom Edrington

      We’re not taking any sides; It’s a fact the Tour did squash Norman’s idea for elite events (that was back in 1994) then suddenly created the WGC events, which are events with very elite fields, there was nothing coming out of the Tour on that prior to Norman’s idea; Our job is to carefully monitor this development, if you read to the bottom, you might see that we believe there will be more litigation out of this than anything else; Pay attention to how the PGA Tour handles Dustin Johnson’s request for a “waiver” to play in the Saudi International in 2022, that should come to a head the first week in January; We’re not big on the Saudis and their “Sports-Washing” attempts. Did you notice we mentioned that Norman was not well-liked in his playing days?

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        I noticed you referred to Jay Monihan as the “Sheriff of Nottingham”… hardly an impartial remark.


          Tom Edrington

          We gave him that nickname when he became Commish…..the backstory, he takes money from the Ultra-Rich (ie FedEx) and gives to the simply rich — PGA Tour players….

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    baxter cepeda

    I read the October 28 article and thought: here we go again with this non starter …and with so many powerful — even scary —feathers to ruffle, I just stayed away. Deleted my comments twice.

    But this story seems to not be going anywhere. So I’ll try my best to answer Toms questions from this article.

    Is the shark a disruptor or an enhancer?
    Both. He is no doubt disrupting and each time he does, the pga tour enhances playing opportunities, money, perks and more. Fans benefit as well with a better product.

    Even if Norman never succeeds with this venture tour players and fans across the globe owe Norman (like Seve) credit for keeping the status quo honest.

    Good or bad for pro golf?

    Overall good. Again, if it wasn’t for such challenges players and fans wouldn’t be enjoying certain opportunities today. These continues Challenges, regardless of where they come from, no doubt create opportunities. This has been proven over time and will continue to be true.

    That being said litigation will probably be endless. That’s what powerful people do.

    It will be very difficult for anyone to become the new status quo of golf, maybe never, but challenges will continue changing the status quo, improving it, which is exciting to think what new things it can create for fans and players to enjoy moving forward.

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      Tom Edrington

      Thanks for your thoughts Baxter. I see the Saudis are going all-out to get LPGA stars in their little golf series. Given the squashing of women’s rights in “The Kingdom” if I were a star on the LPGA Tour, I’m not sure I’d want to enhance anything the Saudis throw out there.

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        baxter cepeda

        I’m sure the ladies don’t want to but they kind of need to.

        This story is downright ironic.

        Ladies golfs main priority is raising purses and it is crazy the Saudis of all people are helping in that regard.

        The world is a complicated place. At the end of the day it’s good women are getting more opportunities and compensation in golf and it’s good the Saudis see value in women playing sports.

        Sure there is a selling out factor but Maybe in a small way this helps make the world a better place.

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