Jay Monahan Takes The Stage - Blasts LIV Series On CBS Telecast - 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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    If I’m a middle of the road PGA player and I look at what LIV is offering, I’d jump at the chance to make lot of money, on top of having all my expenses covered. For example, travel, lodging, food, car rental, caddy fees etc. all paid for. For me that woud be hard to walk away from. Just sayin….

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      Tom Edrington

      I’m pretty sure they’re not covering “travel expenses” they’ve forked out a lot to some pretty insignificant players, it won’t help them to add “middle of the road” Tour guys, they’ve already got a bunch of those….Players still pay their caddies, etc.

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        baxter cepeda

        Tom is correct but all the LIv players have at least 120 $ thousand to work with for each event.
        #Expenses handled.

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    Some of my comments on your recent articles about LIV golf suggest I am a supporter of that series, and yes I enjoyed seeing what they had to offer. But my stance is more about being anti pga tour rather than pro LIV golf.

    The direction of the pga tour in recent years is what has led many players to move. Yes it’s mostly for the money, but I agree with Phil’s comments the tour needs reshaping. Some of Monahan’s innovations include:

    PIP: a confusing load of rubbish.
    Fedex cup strokes: pro golf is not a handicap game.
    Aon risk reward challenge: does anyone care?
    WGC events. Reducing the events and going back in time bringing them all to US soil. This is not growing the game globally as was the original intention.

    And don’t get me started on the tv broadcast.. its horrible. The two best tournaments to watch each year are the open (sky sports production) and the masters (their own production).

    Any sports war ultimately leads to a better product.. nfl, indy car, world series cricket are some historical examples. For the sake of golf fans I hope Monahan and Norman can put the egos aside and work together for a better product we can all enjoy. Both leagues/ tours have their good points, but its probably going to get worse before it gets better.

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      Tom Edrington

      I can’t wait for the Open Championship, Scotland is in my heart and soul as is the old course, I have a piece of turf from the Old Course in a plastic bag here in my desk!!

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      baxter cepeda

      Good stuff forky.

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    baxter cepeda

    I didn’t see the commissioner smiling too much, maybe trying to.

    You didn’t mention the most important part of his chat, which was Monahans lame answer to Jim’s direct question of why not let Liv players play on the pga tour. To which the commissioner Said about owing it to the other member and fans and whoever else. Nonsense to me.
    Monahan owes it to everyone associated with the pga tour to provide the strongest fields possible. As more names surface that they are signing with LIv, Monahans tour just gets weaker and weaker and weaker.

    Right now Monahans tour has the stronger fields, but LIv is only getting stronger while the pga tour gets weaker with each defector.

    Remember We are seeing college stars sign with LIv.

    At what point does this tilt the other way?

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      Tom Edrington

      Thus far there’s a profile for guys going to LIV and I’d say at this point most are losing their capacity to compete with the best on the PGA Tour — prima facia evidence — just look at the awful scores from last week…..good thing there was no cut!!!

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    baxter cepeda

    So much to disagree in so few words Tom.

    I don’t think there is a profile. In fact if I look at majors since 2019, there’s quite a few guys in LIv —already—whom have won or regularly finish very high in majors. Again, I’m not going to get into each name. But you know who they are.

    Never mind I’ll help you a little:
    The one name that really stands is DJ, who can still be number one. The guy has been completely unfocused by LIv issues and a crazy wedding. But now he is able to refocus. He will win big again. He will contend and likely win a major again.

    So will Bryson.

    Gooch has a major or more in him.

    Oostheisen is literally in every single major.

    And again, it’s only the beginning. You already reported a few more names today.

    Now, You have to be kidding about the scores. This is golf, not track and field. The scores thing is about the course, not the players, which is another of the pga tours problems that all the courses are too easy.

    That perfect rough in Canada looked beautiful but it was easier than centurion. Centurion is simply a much tougher track. Everyone knows that.

    That’s being said, as more players make the switch, LIv scores will lower. LIv will have more potential major winners.

    But what do you say when the pga tour goes to the few tracks they have that don’t allow 20-30 under par? But instead scores close to Livs scores this week?

    Liv will have its share of 20-30 under. Dj in fact is one of those players that can go as deep as anyone when the course allows.

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      baxter cepeda

      One important note:
      I am extremely empathetic to the 9-11 families. That day continues to impact all of us.
      And I deeply love and believe the United States to be the greatest nation in the world.
      But even the best of the best do crazy things.
      Having just rewatched the movie “Vice” let us remember that after 9-11 our leaders at that time chose to harass Iraq instead— with no justification —and as the Dick Cheney movie states: at least 600,000 Iraqi civilians (kids, moms, old people) died as collateral damage; not to mention 10s of thousands more military boys.

      This is what folks mean by:
      all nations have a cross to bear.

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        Tom Edrington

        Phil needed you to answer questions for him on Monday, cause he sure had a tough time and never gave any answers as to what LIV is going to “grow the game”…..this US Open is growing the game as is the USGA, the Saudis don’t even play golf….not sure how they think they can grow the game through sports-washing which in real life terms is exactly what the LIV Series is.

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      Tom Edrington

      I’ll let you keep on going Baxter, I’ve got to turn my attention to what looks to be an incredible US Open

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