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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

    Reed could still help his cause.
    As I said weeks ago it will be a rough one for Pat. The infraction is one thing but the denying is the real problem.
    Usually denial can work but this was too obvious for anyone to fall for it. So while most lawyers would encourage denying and being quiet, it is just not going to work this time.
    All that being said, in the words of Shooter:
    This is golf people.
    Golf fans should act like golf fans.
    A little expression of displeasure is fine but fans could really begin to mess with the integrity of tournaments if they get too carried away.
    Let’s hope extreme distractions don’t happen.
    But at the end of the day this issue is in Reeds court. Reed can still cut some of the rough -no pun intended – for himself and prevent a lot of distractions for his contemporaries by simply saying:
    my bad… I’m Sorry.

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      Tom Edrington

      Sadly, he won’t do that….

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    RM

    I know it’s old school and probably hopeless, but my feel is this;

    There are a ton of venues in which folks can get drunk while watching a sporting event, be obnoxious and boorish, and display their narcissism. Bars, friends’ homes, other sports that have long traditions of rowdy fan behavior. The list is long and the opportunities are almost endless.

    But this is golf, as Baxter says. Simply make it a policy that reasonably polite behavior is demanded on the premises. If you as a spectator can’t make that work you will be tossed out promptly, and not invited back. You are free to go to the nearest tavern, or your own home, or wherever, and do whatever is permissible there to make yourself the center of attention. The word will get out that a golf tournament simply is not the place for a spectator to act out. It sounds draconian, but there is a reason there don’t seem to be a ton of idiots yelling “Bomb” at airports. People know it will be treated very seriously. It just isn’t that hard..

    For courses that don’t choose to risk offending the obnoxious drunks, guess what? Next year you don’t get to have the PGA, LPGA, or Champions grace your club.

    As for Reed, he has brought a measure of public displeasure from fans on himself. There are ways for fans to express displeasure. Don’t follow his group. Don’t applaud him. Applaud his opponents. Be silent when he walks by and shake your head. Don’t buy products he endorses and let companies know how you feel.

    As for the Waste Management event in AZ, it seems to be an outlier that most of the golfers enjoy. Not sure. Anyway, this comment is sort of a tangent to the article, but somewhat related.

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      Tom Edrington

      RM: Sounds like you’re searching for a perfect world…..

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        RM

        I can dream, can’t I?

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