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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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    A lot of people are reading into the Masters statement about possible changes to future qualification being announced in April as a hint that LIV players are going to be banned in future years. But take the blinkers off and you could also foresee changes to the owgr top 50 qualification criteria since they are becoming increasingly inaccurate.

    With the top LIV guys dropping off the radar, it’s a lot easier to get into the top 50 than it used to be.. 50-70 ranked guys now find themselves higher up the pecking order. And I’m sure the chiefs at Augusta know letting these guys in is going to reduce the quality of the field. Pga tour v liv is not their fight.. majors should be the best of the best, regardless of where they play week to week.

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      Tom Edrington

      Forky: The Masters field has and always has had a good number of amateurs in the field, as Bobby Jones had always dictated it be that way……long before you started following golf, The Masters has been known as the easiest major to win as you need to beat about 20 players — most never learn the secrets to taming ANGC, Jack did, that’s why he won six times…..Tiger found out early how to win it but then went through a long stretch without winning it……the U.S. Open has a pretty weak field due the high number of qualifiers… there’s nothing to your claim about a reduced quality of any Masters field, there are still only about 20 guys capable of winning it…..likewise, the Open Championship has a lot of “qualifiers” who are not capable of winning that either…..used to be that the PGA was considered easier to win, it has a lot of club pros in the field but that number has been trimmed over the years…as for LIV, until they start playing 72 holes, they will not qualify for world ranking points.

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