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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

    Someone might say:
    the heavy fires won’t be coming bye for a while.

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      Tom Edrington

      Would that “someone” be the PGA Tour?

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        baxter cepeda

        Pga tour getting pretty used to Living in danger these days.

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          Tom Edrington

          Baxter, you have to admit, with the restart, there were some positive tests, not one player became seriously ill, all the positive guys returned and performed well; After those initial positives, they went the rest of the season all the way up to the Tour Championship in really, really good shape….

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            baxter cepeda

            Yes I agree with all of that.
            But Its only fair to always remember how bad it could have gone. How it can still go.
            Camilo lost his beautiful daughter Mia not because of Covid, but can you imagine if a vulnerable persons death were linked back To pga tour golf?
            I still can.
            I’m never going to fully accept it took so long to stop, so quick to restart, and now what they are doing with the champions tour fans and playing through fires at Safeway (air quality alone).
            It’s too much danger for me to watch golf. I get sick without golf on tv so im very happy to have it, selfishly.
            But the decisions made are the decisions made regardless of consequences. The tour chose to continue golf over health and safety. It is what it is.
            I pray it continues to go well.

          2. Tom Edrington

            I believe the Tour has been the model for successful “bubble” on-site containment and it got all the way to the Tour Championship with a few early positives; No spectators at US Open or Masters; As far as a Champions event in South Dakota, is South Dakota a huge golf state? No. I think crowds will be limited but without a Phil Mickelson there, well, I wouldn’t get out of bed to watch Scott McCarron.

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