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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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    I get that you don’t like LIV, but the bias in your reporting is quite remarkable.. 18 LIV players, were for the most part, a non factor.. lol. I count 2 in the top 5 and 9 in the top 25. Reed and Gooch spent large parts of the afternoon on top of the leaderboard.

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      Tom Edrington

      Reed gained no world ranking points, most didn’t. Those who know what LIV stands for and where the money comes from and the humans rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, well, I stand for human rights, not the right to steal from a public employee’s pension fund to pay off Phil Mickelson’s substantial gambling debts…..I do not consider LIV a legitimate tour, it meets all the criteria for an exhibition…’s a joke, it has about 10 players who can actually be competitive…..Cam Smith should have a field day but he failed to win his first outing…..You’re correct in your observation that I have a bias against human-rights abusing countries, ie The Saudis who try and improve their situation through sports washing and this is a prime example…..there’s no business model, they’ve already thrown at least $2 billion at a venture that cannot turn a one dollar profit……They’re already spent the net worth of the PGA Tour…..

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        If you let your biases and prejudices get in the way of reporting the facts, then you lose credibility. It is a fact that some of the liv guys were a big factor in the finish of the bmw last Sunday, and that is not how you have reported it.


          Tom Edrington

          Not bias or prejudice, BELIEFS that the Saudis are human-rights abusers, that is a FACT, things they touch are toxic, Apple TV just gave a firm NO, to broadcasting the circus that is LIV; In my view, a big factor is finishing ONE TWO OR THREE……all good guys in the top three as Shane said, he won one for the Good Guys… is inherently WRONG to steal from a public employee pension plan to overpay guys like Mickelson who have a hard time shooting par, he’s averaging around 74 on the exhibition. If you want LIV stuff, you can simply go to their site and hang out there. And, by the way, I noticed the broadcast of the BMW PGA Championship gave NO air time to the Defectors, I think they showed Gooch shaking hands with someone at the finish, that’s it.



            In your reply to my first comment you say you do have biases, now you don’t.. make your mind up.

            I wasn’t looking for another rant on the morality of liv, that has been discussed ad nauseum elsewhere. I dont disagree with a lot of your points. Despite what you think about me I am not an advocate for liv. I just like to watch good players play golf, and whether you like to admit it or not, liv has assembled a pretty decent roster of players. They have had their hits and misses, but the product so far as been relatively entertaining. I especially like it has made the pga tour make some long overdue changes that would never have happened otherwise.

            Back to the bmw.. Patrick Reed went out early and shot one of the rounds of the day to take the lead for a big part of the early afternoon. Until he was run down by Talor Gooch, who eagled the last with perhaps the shot of the week. He too held the lead and was ultimately ran down by Rahm and Lowry. To say the liv players were a non factor is just false. I watched sky sports and it was a quite balanced coverage with lots of shots from the liv players. I have read online the golf channel aired a heavily edited feed in the US, so I guess that is what you saw. Tell me again the pga tour are not controlling the narrative of the media in the us??

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            LIV is creating constant propaganda, they just bought two “influencers” in the UK to spread their BS. Most of the US media believes what I believe, that it’s basically an atrocity to murder a media member (Washington Post correspondent) then dismember said media member for being critical of the Saudi cruelty……I will put you in the 15 percent who watch or care about LIV, I fall into the 85 percent who wouldn’t watch that nonsense.



            Once again you haven’t really addressed my comment, you have given me another rant about morality.

            I can’t remember how I got on your mailing list a few years ago, but I’ve never unsubscribed because I have genuinely found your articles to be interesting and thought provoking. But you have just lost all sense of objectivity at the moment. You are being blinded by your hatred of liv that you can’t see the forest from the trees.

            Your articles at the minute seem to either not report things factually (the finish of the bmw) to straight out making stuff up (varner being dumped by Jordan).

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            I don’t “rant” Forky, I prefer facts, as APPLE TV said after turning down LIV, the entire situation is “TOXIC”……I do not “HATE” LIV, I simply recognize how despicable the Regime is that backs this sports-washing venture….now let me give you a journalism lesson, there is news-writing and “Op-Ed” writing…..I inject “Op-Ed” into everything… opinion, my beliefs…..we can neither confirm or deny that Varner has been dropped by Nike, given that the majority of American companies find association with this regime to be “TOXIC” per Apple, well, he may still be wearing the stuff in his closet but at some point they’ll stop paying him to wear it. And once again, you are saying something that is not true, referring to my “hatred” of LIV…..making up statement like that will lead to the “trash” button.

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