J.J. Watt Shows Us That The PGA Tour Should Be Ashamed Of Itself - 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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    TJB Chicago

    Hey, Tom. I have to tell ya, I just can’t agree with you – at all – on your criticism of the PGA Tour in this issue, and in fact find your approach very short-sighted. The PGA Tour does their part constantly and without the bravado that so many come to expect as ‘normal’ (dare I say expected) these days. The ‘Oh, there’s a problem so let me throw money at it and get the accolades that go along with doing so publicly’ is perhaps the most obnoxious approach to grabbing headlines around these days. A measured, steady-handed approach to ‘serving’ works for me, and if everyone does a little bit, no one has to do a lot. And there will ALWAYS be people and organizations that do more than others. Criticizing those that do things their own way is, in a word, (and I’ll borrow the word from your bio), misguided. Better to give everyone credit for doing what they can, and encourage more people and organizations to do the same. In fact, once I post this I’m heading to the Red Cross’s website to do my little part as well. Perhaps invite your readers to do the same. All the best, TJB Chicago

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      Tom Edrington

      TJB: Many pitching in here in Tampa, I am, our Sons Of AmVets Squadron will be, our church, everywhere you turn. The Tour regards itself as a major sports organization but made a very minor contribution here, considering the tax-exempt status of the tour and that its massive investment portfolio is able to grow tax-free. So we will have to agree to disagree. Love how J.J. Watt has stepped up. The tour had a chance to set a great example, ask it’s corporate partners to join in and provide massive $$$$$ relief and this damage is going to take money to fix so yes, this one will have to be solved by throwing a MASSIVE amount of money at the disaster, rather than a “problem”

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    TJB Chicago

    Yes, agree to disagree, in particular on “approach”. I prefer to applaud all efforts and respectfully ask if more would be/is doable, vs., well, that’s just how I roll vs. other styles of approaches.

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      Tom Edrington

      Well, okay, my Sons Of AmVets Squadron just sent 30% of our net worth to a Sons squadron in Houston that along with its Vets Post has been doing some great things there……still totally disappointed by The Tour, they even have an event there……

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    TJB Chicago

    Well done, Tom.

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      Tom Edrington

      So excited for Stacy Lewis and her win, and her donation of winner’s check of $195,000, matched by her main sponsor, KPMG, total $390,000!

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