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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

    Gregs shenanigan here likely had something to do with LIv and Saudi golf. Publicity. But based on Augustas take on Phil being welcome back, I do not believe the Sharks new venture tour had anything to do with the RNAs decision.
    What definitely had something to do with it is the Shark passing on the last Open at the home of golf.

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      Tom Edrington

      Truth be known, Greg has burned a LOT of bridges, including the one with the R&A — Greg will go own as one of the great bridge-burners

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        baxter cepeda

        Not in my book Tom. They surely will be remembered for pissing off some suits scared of losing their lavish lives, also media very comfortable with their pga tour perks; all thanks to players like Lefty and Shark…the scared young pup players will eventually come around; and the people will remember them as the great players they are. And the boldness they possess on and off the course.
        They are well on their way to having created amazing new opportunities for players.
        Amidst the rampant bias it’s worth noting Shark and Phil didn’t kill anyone. They are business competitors to the pga tour now. #deal with it.
        My concern for the pga tour is I don’t know how much of a competitor Monahan is. Instead of improving his product, he is grasping at straws by threatening players. That’s all he has. He is not Beaman or Finchem. He isn’t creative enough, bold enough, to take the pga tour to the next level. So instead he will cost the tour fortunes in lawyer fees arguing what in my book seems like nonsense that they can somehow black ball players.


          Tom Edrington

          When you “JOIN AND ORGANIZATION” you are required to abid by the rules of such and the PGA Tour DOES HAVE RULES…..they existed before the LIV Series and will exist when the LIV Series folds.


            baxter cepeda

            All true.

            But the pga tour rules have never been challenged Tom because the old commissioners were always a step ahead while this commissioner is always a step behind; highlighted at the start of the pandemic where he was practically crying about loss of revenue while everyone else helped protect the world.

            Unless you are in complete biased denial What we know is Liv is here and isn’t going anywhere.

            This is going to come down to either compromising or who has the best commissioner. And I’ll put my money on Greg- one of the best competitors on and off the golf course- over Monahan.

            I want to reiterate I want the pga tour to remain extremely successful and growing; and I believe it can even with LIv in the picture. But The last thing the pga tour needs is it’s big names leaving when they get to a certain age. Keep in mind blackballing players That means they won’t play the champions tour.

            Even Monahans brownosers like Rory argue the pga tour has way too many tournaments; which is what makes it impossible for anyone else to invest in golf.

            The pga tour stole the silly season from us, it has made the euro tour and all other tours succumb to them.

            Despite having almost everything they cry they don’t have a major. Phil said what he said about obnoxious greed for a reason. But now they have to deal with someone their own size, if not bigger.

            This is an overdue heavy weight battle.

            In the end we will be left with more options and more money for the players. It’s really that simple.

          2. Tom Edrington

            Baxter, you may or may not recall the first time the USFL appeared then eventually sued the NFL for it monopoly-type hold on football — the courts awarded the USFL — $1. If this were to become a legal battle, it would take YEARS to get to court and you have a foreign entity trying to sue an American entity, might have no standing PLUS, in labor law, courts take a very hard stance on companies that attempt to steal from other companies. It could linger for years so players won’t risk long-term suspension to go to a league that may not survive long-term; Plus, will they get all their “endorsement” money if they are not on television?

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