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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

    To his credit Bryson has taken more accountability since those comments. Slow play has been an issue but Bryson has taken it to a whole new level.
    Rory’s idea is the one. I believe golfers get 4o seconds but we can be patient up to a minute. Maybe give 2 warnings.
    The key to starting stronger pace standards is to do so at the beginning of the season when all the stars are resting and all the no names are just happy to be at all those sleepy fall events. Players will get used to it.
    I do now firmly believe whatever over information is in these books have to be cut down or eliminated. Most golfers, even very good to great golfers, shoot great rounds of golf sans reading a couple chapters during the course of each round.
    In the many events Of all levels I attend annually I rarely see players anywhere near as reliant on yardage books (and long talks with caddies) like the pro tours. College is also pretty bad.
    Like Lisa Cornwall said ajga, and many other organizations in golf, have outstanding pace of play. And make no mistake these ‘kids’ shoot just as well as pros and college players, if not better.
    Yes pros make money but let’s not call it livelihood. Livelihood is working 40 hours a week to make ends meat. These guys make their livelihood in one middle of the pack performance.
    Pros need to Pick it up already. There’s really no excuse to be slow, even if their fast compared to Bryson…because again that’s a whole mother level.

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      Tom Edrington

      Yeah, I’m with Rory…..just watched the U.S. Amateur first round at Pinehurst and some of those guys (Brandon Wu) were taking forever…..

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      Batman

      Well put, Baxter. I would add from the lower ranks that pace of play is really being pushed on the public courses. If you’re too slow, they’ll ask to pick up and skip a hole, or in severe cases leave the course. First of all, I’d like to see the greens books go the way of the dodo. Let them read the putts like the rest of us. And hold them to a reasonable standard for each shot (40 seconds?). Personally, I would then be able to identify with the struggles (uh, reality?!) that the pros would confront and be a more involved (empathetic?) fan. Currently, the pro level is a bit surreal (to me) because they have more advantage (greens books, caddies, time to study each shot, specialized clubs) than us “regular” folks. I know you can’t please everyone, but I’m optimistic that there’s a happy medium out there. I don’t remember this being an issue in the earlier days of golf (Arnie, Jack, etc.)? Did I miss that or was I too young to notice?

      My $.02. Phew, glad I got that off my chest. 😛

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        Tom Edrington

        Batman: If you happened to catch the second semi-final match at the US Amateur, you’ll see where slow play is born.

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