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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

    This is a non issue Tom.

    The Solheim cup as is will not change. And why would it ?

    People are increasingly watching it. And it’s quite competitive.

    The lpga tour has a 4 woman international team event and a two woman event which are both great.

    But golf fans clearly love these 12 player teams and the rowdy home and away feel of these events. We need more of these events.

    The obvious answer is an international team to match the men’s game but to Toms point they may be too strong.

    For now At least two new teams are in order: Asia—we might even need 2 Asian teams (separated north-south or East-west- and an international team.

    I don’t see the US team or Europe changing. I personally would consider including Mexico or Canada with the US but that’s unlikely.

    I can also see a Latin American team —or South and central America —being competitive in the near future. A team like this would help golf grow in that region.

    In the long run teams should be separated by somewhat equal population groups. Teams should be from about half a billion people. The euros currently have a population of about 700 million to the 350 million in the US. So Europe has double the US population which is why the additional 200 million people from Canada and Mexico would be nice for the US to pick players from. It they are both close enough to 500 million.

    The most important thing to remember is that things change. Just because Korea and some other Asian nations have an abundance of top ranked players today, doesn’t mean it will be that way forever. In fact we are already seeing trends change in the women’s game.

    There is nothing wrong with the solheim cup. In fact it’s so good we want more of it. The opportunities are endless.

    12 member team events can be made into one big event but it would be the same. The individual cups format works incredibly well; mainly because they maintain this home and away feel, which is they key to maintain the rowdiness associated with these 12 man/woman team events.

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