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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

    This rangefinder issue is ridiculous.

    As many experts have already said (Tripp, cantlay, kin icons just to name a few) rangefinders will likely not speed up play; possibly slow it down.

    As golf is trying to figure out how to challenge good players like they used to, the one thing that was a bit different and more challenging for pro tours —no range finders because pros already have a person to carry their stuff and provide all those numbers— is now provided to them. Meanwhile many junior golfers still don’t have them because they can be pricey.

    Tour pros need to know front and back yardages. They need adjusted numbers. They need a million things just to hit a darn shot. This will only be another thing they need.

    And Someone help us when the numbers do not match. This is nothing more than the companies in golf lobbying for more and more stuff to play the game.

    Forget green reading books. Imo the pga tour and others need to get tougher on books.

    But better yet, the simplest solution is faster pace requirements which leave no time for all the time consuming things tour pros do just to hit one darn shot.

    Two thing are clear:

    1. golf cannot make the game tougher for top players if they keep making it easier.

    2. And golf cannot make itself faster if it keeps allowing its role models so much time and information for every shot.

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    Sad about paddy but he should be ok. This reminds me of a great joke from SNL the nite before the Super Bowl where the guy says something like: we made it to the big game after only 700 positive covid tests.

    It’s funny but sad as well. All sports leagues want to celebrate how they made it to the end of their seasons ; but it’s with denial and little to no regard to who knows how many people’s health and safety —lives— they put at risk to complete their seasons.

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