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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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    Hi Tom,
    Nothing like the clambake. we both remember the days when this was as prominent as a major–with the Hope slightly behind–but the peninsula, the field, and full blown ABC sports television made it a mid-winter delight……oh yes, this type of event helped launch the tour to what it is today.
    the guys on tour should all be forced to take a history lesson to understand the importance of Bing’s event. in today’s tour world it basically is just another event—which reminds me next week Riviera–one of my top five courses in america.
    your thoughts?

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      Tom Edrington

      Agreed on all counts….nice field at Riviera….will wait and see how Tiger handles a course that he has historically ignored most of his career despite the fact that they let him in the field as a young amateur.

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    Nice retrospective, Tom. Still a fun event to watch, in part because of the incredible setting.

    I read a book called The Match, and IIRC, which mentioned the glory days. I believe it said they couldn’t find anyone who remembered clams actually being served. Anyway, it was a great example of times and lifestyles gone by.

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      Tom Edrington

      The early days were famous for the “clam bake” where they threw ’em on the grill….with the cool weather, a good menu item, for sure.

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