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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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    baxter cepeda

    First of all I’m increasingly over watching so much football. I’d rather watch smaller golf tournaments like on the pga tour and now have a whole other increasingly have to give time to a growing super golf tour —which could have been called PGA Tour Super Golf League if Monahan opened email and had positive negotiating skills and a personality.

    For me Scheffler winning is significant because the guy is clearly a master, and he is one of the lucky ones to establish that jacket first and foremost, which is what the truest of golf masters usually do.

    But the most memorable is between the other 3. JT basically cementing his hall of fame status by stealing his second pga at arguably the best pga championship site at Southern hills; with respects to Kiawah. Fitz repeating at the Country Club, aptly named as its the oldest club in America. And of course the super likeable and super player Cam Smith putting on a run for the ages on the super aptly named oldest of courses, the old course.

    I almost can’t choose between the 3.
    But I think years from now my boys at the usga will collective memory us Fitzpatricks two wins at the country club well ingrained. That really was such a special accomplishment in my book. Fitz double at the CC is what I think I’ll remember most about this year.

    And of course LIv v Monahan.

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      Tom Edrington

      It’s LIV vs. PGA Tour, DP World Tour, R&A — and soon to join the “hate LIV” movement — PGA of America, USGA and perhaps, just maybe ANGC. LIV just totally disrupted the Ryder Cup, which shows they are not just out to hurt PGA Tour but everyone else. Open your eyes, Baxter…’s a glorified Champions Tour, retirement city for Pat Perez, Phil, and the other codgers….only relevant guys are DJ and Bryson and playing on that Tour will eventually erode their skills….Brooks knows his body is failing him, that’s why he went.

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        baxter cepeda

        Tom I’m gonna keep this one short:
        I’m not the one that needs to open his eyes (on this one at least).


          Tom Edrington

          The R&A, a main governing body, disagrees with you, I’ll leave it at that…..they are Royal and Ancient and know what is and isn’t good for the game moreso than either you or I!!


            baxter cepeda

            I disagree greatly. Both you and I know what’s best for the game over these people. These people are powerful and filthy rich and have little reason to see their weaknesses and make changes. Especially anything they fear will diminish their value. It’s the definition of being fat cats.
            Liv puts extreme pressure on the majors to raise their purses, and of course they don’t like that.
            Tom all these people are extremely biased and fearful for themselves and not the sport.

            The sport is absolutely fine. Golf is as healthy and strong as ever. The pga tour and the euro tour and even the majors may be under a lot of pressure. But the sport is all good baby. So are the players. So are the fans as these entities now have to battle for people attention.

            This is such a great time for everyone in golf except the golf establishment.

          2. Tom Edrington

            No world ranking points equals slow death; No major television contract equals slow death…..simple as that.

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    baxter cepeda

    Again if the owgr don’t acknowledge Lib they are only hurting themselves. They are going to have to. They will have no choice. Especially once those incentives kick in.

    As for television:
    First I think a deal is eventual.
    But You know the Saudis are known for starting their own extremely successful channels and have incredible ability for those channels to reach the viewers they want to reach, right?

    They have done this with soccer in America with that bein channel.

    They can basically start a rival to golf channel tomorrow if they want.

    Of course the established television channels in America —because of their biases for other sports— held soccer down for a long time in America. But since the Saudis started that channel, more and more have followed and soccer is now constantly increasing in coverage. Americans can now proudly say they love and watch soccer. Almost every channel and network works with soccer now.

    Similar story with F1.

    With the kind of money LIv has, none of these issues are issues.

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      Tom Edrington

      I believe Lee Trevino disagrees with you, we’ll have some words from Lee this week for you to digest…..Lee stays up with everything these days and gives pretty informed opinions.

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        baxter cepeda

        I heard Lees interview. Changes nothing.


          Tom Edrington

          LIV will simply be its own version of the Champions Tour — mostly old guys — 54 holes — an exhibition…..not serious golf.

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