The Players, The PGA Tour And Its Obvious "Major Envy" - Dog Leg News

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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

    In the words of Ace Ventura;
    Obsessed Much…
    NO doubt the Tour and it’s talking heads at GC are envious and it takes away from this week.

    I do not see the pga tour success as greedy as Tom does, except when it come to the Players.

    The pga tour has so much already, success built on the backs of the 4 majors. The pga tours success comes at the expense of tours around the worlds, which arguably should be more equal to America’s top tour.

    Anyways, imo The Players would be a better event if majors were never brought up, similar to Arnies last week, Honda before that. No one cared about tournament status, they were great events highlighted by the golf … not some inferiority complex.

    Every time 5th major comes up, players included, all the arguments of why this isn’t a major cross my mind. The main one being this course could host a major once a decade, but every year? Give me a break. Only Augusta National deserves that distinction and maybe the Old Course, but even that argument is a stretch.

    On another note, why not make the Players the finale to the pga tour. It would be sad to lose East Lake as the finale but why doesn’t the pga tour hold its finale at home?
    Instead of forcing this major talk, tpc sawgrass could be the super bowl of golf. The finale.

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      Tom Edrington

      Decent idea but that isn’t going to happen in our lifetime…

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