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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

    Phil got through it but man Bryson surprisingly shined in his interview with Todd Lewis, although it has a lot to do with Todd’s professionalism and fairness in his line of questioning.

    Todd asked the same 39 questions Phil was asked in about 5 questions, and the time of the conversation was proper compared to the nonsense going on in the newsroom; nonsense that Brooks called out as a black cloud, asking reporters why THEY are doing this.

    Phil explained himself well. More money and more time. Same with Bryson. Same with everyone. It’s really that simple. I don’t get what’s so hard to understand.

    Bryson was a champ with the grow the game answer throwing in the term gDP, no arguments to what we dont under stand. But he is right. In time LIv will take its tournaments to places the pga tour is not at, and they will both make money for the sport while introducing the sport to the next generation. It’s really pretty simple, but Bryson sure made it sound smart. Nice to see Bryson living up to the smart side of his reputation, giving smart, calm, comfortable in his own skin answers as opposed to the dumb confrontational jock actions from MAD.

    But again Phil go through it. People are still saying a lot of mean things and attacking him and his character so it’s obvious Phil is acting this way. Imo He doesn’t need to feel this way. And in time hopefully Phil can get back to just being himself.

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      Tom Edrington

      Bryson was very guarded and gave a stet answer “Business Decision” which he was obviously coached to respond. As to “for my family” I’m laughing at that because I’m guessing Bryson’s from an upper middle-class family and Bryson himself has no wife or children. I think Bryson went because not even he is sure his body will hold up long term swinging the way he swings. I don’t Phil can ever be the same, he’s the one who approached others on behalf of LIV and is now, by signing that contract, an official EMPLOYEE of the Saudi Government……and I would never want to be beholding to those people.

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        baxter cepeda

        Bryson’s health will be fine. He is learning. Bryson has a long, successful career ahead of him.

        Phil will be fine also. This is a tough time but watching him today outside of that lions den of a press room, he looks fine. People love Phil. The tour and it’s media are painting a picture that is simply not reality.

        Yes Phil talked to other players about LIv. Everyone was talking. Phil even got involved a bit. As reported other players did as well, likely Bryson… so what?

        A year or two from now after all the desperate attempts to save Monahans tour have expired, pro golfers will get back to normal, Golf media will get back to normal, commissioner issues will be addressed, all the established tours will continue growing in their own steady ways, and there will be this new extremely lucrative series of events available for 50 players or so.

        It’s all good.


          Tom Edrington

          Hey Baxter, go check and see who’s on the committee for the OWGR, I’ll write about that after the US Open but I think it will be an eye opener for you, I think they’re chances of getting OWGR points are slim and none….


            baxter cepeda

            Not if they want to maintain credibility. It sounds like that will be an awkward room for sure; but if they are pros they won’t simply do what is best for their friends. Their job is to measure golf performance, even now it’s questionable. If they ignored LIv it would ruin the Rolex rankings. Imo. It’s common sense

          2. Tom Edrington

            Keep in mind Baxter, the United States quit governing itself with “commons sense” about 40 years ago…….so don’t look for the OWGR to give them points…..weak fields (amateurs and guys you’ve never heard of), guys way past their primes…..not a credible field, look at Schwartzel, he hadn’t won anywhere in six years!!!

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