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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

    I’m definitely in agreement with Rory about green reading books but I’m not sure this is how it should have been handled.

    Telling players how they can and cannot prepare seems risky. Those books now do exists, as do technologies to help understand greens better, so players are naturally going to use them. And they should use them.

    It’s simply not cool to tell people to not remember something that is basically public information.

    The question is where and when and for how long can players use them during competition?

    As I’ve mentioned before a simple rule such as no looking at books upon reaching the green or a reasonable but stricter time standard for each and every shot could have done the trick and helped speed up play.

    What golf doesn’t need is simple: other players, 10,000 fans around the green and millions more watching live on tv waiting 2 minutes or more for a pga tour player to study a book on a putting green. Tv mostly hides this issue but It’s extremely evident watching Bryson live where he looks like he is cramming for some big test while competing on the pga tour.

    But again this doesn’t mean the Tour needed a weird honesty policy rule of never ever looking at a readily available green reading book, or taking a level out for practice putting, or whatever other crazy things OCD golfers like MAD might come up with to help them prepare to putt better.

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      baxter cepeda

      *BAD (not MAD)

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    baxter cepeda

    Tom doesn’t have an opinion on this ?

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      Tom Edrington

      The vast majority of the players wanted them gone….that’s fine with me!

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