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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

    Long before bifurcation or any changes to the rules; the pga tour needs to toughen set ups, as Chamblee has been Preaching.
    Too many tournaments on the pga tour and other major tours are played in literally the perfect weather week for each respective course, with practically no rough, and greens sans one bump, and even if there is they can be tapped down now. Regular weekend warriors regularly play courses set up tougher, albeit shorter.

    The other simple fix is for old courses to make subtle changes to penalize the 350+ bombers of today more without adding length. A tree here, a bunker there, more rough, slopes, green changes. There are many options to toughen without adding yards.
    Some courses, like the one in Mexico next week, do that well. But too many on tour do not. Those courses need to change or lose their spot on tour.
    I disagree with any notion fans enjoy what is happening. Golf has gotten too easy. Viewers don’t want to see driver wedge birdies. They want birdies to be earned. Fans want pros to hit tough shots great, not easy shots great.
    WM is a great example of a course which could be tougher by growing the sodded rough, tightening things up, bringing the desert into play more.
    Yes golf needs to address distance. But if it’s about challenging the top players more, simply start challenging them some.

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      Tom Edrington

      As Tiger indicted, it’s going to take a LONG TIME to sort this out…

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