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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

    He isn’t a bad guy. Or even bad at his job necessarily.
    But imo with all the commissioner comparisons occurring lately, Jay is low low low low on the list.
    Why make yourself a guinea pig? Make yourself such a target of public opinion?

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      Tom Edrington

      At the end of the day, what Jay needs most is a pulse on his players; Has the backing of the top names like Rory, Phil, JT; Going forward, it’s important to see who else tests positive and how many test positive; The virus isn’t going away, sad fact of life; The work for a vaccine is at a fever pace, they’ll find one, quicker than most think.

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        baxter cepeda

        Part of his mistakes is involving the young players too much. Young, healthy men will want to play for money every single time.

        Commissioners cannot make sound decisions by asking players if they want to keep playing for millions. That answer is yes every time.

        Monahan needs to make decisions above the players pay rate. This whole group decision thing makes him appear unsure of himself.

        Bottom line I hear public opinion over on the Twitter is a lot tougher than Us here at DN; and that anger is appropriately focused on the commissioner; because these decisions are his responsibility alone.


          Tom Edrington

          I think the Players Advisory Council also plays a big part in the decisions as well; Charley Hoffman was speaking the other day, he’s the head of the council and he supports the decision….


            baxter cepeda

            They are listening to the players now more than ever combined.
            The pga tour doesn’t usually put so much weight on the players opinions. But now with so many peering eyes judging the commissioner suddenly everyones opinion matters and everyone is on the same page. Wierd.
            GC pregame show is now clearly nothing more than PGa tour COVID policy propaganda. No one can dissent; only pretend critics are unreasonable. Hosts can criticize swings, putting strokes, even technology, but not the commissioners decision making on COVID, which clearly has been questionable considering all the strong, justified opinions out there. It seems For the Commish, because Rory agrees, he feels safe, not from COVID, but from criticism. But his job now is to keep people safe from COVID, not himself from criticism.
            Again, run the tour. But putting a positive spin on everything, from starting too soon, to having sick players on site, is making the GC shows lose credibility. We get enough propaganda from our regular news channels.

          2. Tom Edrington

            Baxter: You mean to tell me you finally figured that out regarding Golf Channel bias? It’s a total company channel, they don’t want to hurt their access to everyone….so they toe the PGA Tour line…..

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