PGA Tour Dilemma: It's Getting Loud, Obnoxious And Sometimes Out-Of-Control - Dog Leg News

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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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    While I feel badly for Bryson, I wonder if the negative cheers were more pronounced after he barked at Patrick about walking during Bryson’s prep to hit a shot. Even the NBC commentators were taken back by the tone. In a “gentleman’s” sport, Bryson is not always a gentleman.

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      Tom Edrington

      I think what we’ve seen is that Bryson makes every shot into a mathematical equation but rarely thinks before he talks, ie: the take on Covid vaccine; his blurt-out at Cantlay, telling a PGA Tour official: “I don’t believe you” after getting a ruling, and so on…….there was a player back in the 70s who was very misunderstood, at times didn’t think before he spoke and was distrusting of the golf writers….however, we became friends and he always spoke open and freely to me….his name was Tom Weiskopf

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    We (my wife and I) have been to PGA tour events during the Payne Stewart era. “Back Then” the players were cool, collected, and played within acceptable levels. I don’t think ‘Arnies Army’ was so noisy and raucous. Since the Tiger Woods era, championed by him, there is fist pumping in a knock out fashion, boisterous expressions of victory by players, and a imaginary physical battles between the players It’s the belief that golf is war . The crowds have fed off that attitude just like they fed off ‘cheeto-head’ in politics. Seve, winning the Open, didn’t use his arm and fist in a knock out motion but in celebratory motions with a grin from ear to ear. We can thank Woods for some of the raucous behavior along with the lack of any notification that lack of ‘acceptable behavior” will be swiftly and firmly dealt with. Maybe police with breathalyzers at exits will curb some drunkenness. HAH.

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      Tom Edrington

      Tony, thanks for checking in, appreciate your thoughts; No need for political stuff (the former President loves golf, invests in facilities and was very well like by a lot of the tour stars); Tiger brought a new level of excitement but all of this GET IN THE HOLE screaming is getting annoying, loud enough where you want to mute the sound on the television. I knew Seve quite well and a lot of the old guard didn’t like him, guys like Hale Irwin, Ray Floyd, etc. I spent a lot of range-time with Seve — loved his accent and he was quick to smile and laugh…..he would have driven Bryson NUTS in match play because Seve had all these annoying little tricks….

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    Thanks for replying. I wish the golf channel people would reply. I remember Seve and Azinger. They had a time playing. The ‘thing’ is: all the gamemanship, tricks, and treats, happened within the ropes by the participants, not the crowd. And Bryson would have driven Seve a bit crazy with all the deliberations and studying of the weather, ground, humidity, etc. That would be fun.
    No sponsor wants to restrict alcohol sales and turn off customers. Doesn’t Augusta arrange everything including alcohol sales?
    I would like to see your opinion someday on the cost that is passed to us poor everyman golfers from the millions that is spent outfitting pros and amateurs all over the world by the equipment companies. Thanks

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      Tom Edrington

      Tony: You are so correct about the “overpriced” equipment we look at in those big golf stores; You’ve got about $30 worth of components; There is very little retail markup in clubs, only about 30%; The R&D that goes in is certainly understandable; I’ve told the folks at Golf Spy, which does the best job of evaluating equipment, that I’ve never bought anything because some Tour player uses it; There’s a huge cost built into equipment to pay players to be brand ambassadors, as they are referred to these days; Best bargains are always used clubs, people buy into the “10 more yards” hype and truth be known, you’re swing speed is your swing speed. In Friday’s DogLeg newsletter, we’ll have a lesson from our old friend, former Tour player Larry Rinker with some great tips on how to improve speed in your swing. Check it out on Friday.

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