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March 9, 2018

The delusion surrounding Woods

The only mania about Tiger Woods is that incessantly and relentlessly displayed by the media(“Tigermania 2.0? Azinger says watch out,” March 8). Thursday’s piece in Morning Read is exhibit 1.

It seems that if Woods plays an event – any event, from a pro-am to a major championship – the media flip out and can cover nothing else. Never mind if the best current players are competing; it’s all about Tiger, all of the time.

Paul Azinger’s comments are delusional. Finishing 12th in a weak-field event signals a comeback to major victories? Nobody really believes that.

Please let up on the coverage of a golfer whose best days clearly are behind him.

Ted Comstock
Lancaster, N.H.


A few words in praise of Longhurst

Arguably the finest of all commentators was the late, great Henry Longhurst. He was the first professional writer to be appointed by the BBC as a “live” radio broadcaster, and the first ever to cover televised golf (an upstart game for TV at that time) as their roving outside broadcaster.


As a golf writer, Longhurst was superlative. As a commentator, he knew the value of suspense through silence. See if you can find a video of the 18th hole at St. Andrews on the final day of the 1970 British Open, when poor Doug Sanders had a short putt to win the Claret Jug. Listen to what Longhurst had to say … just a few words uttered in little more than a whisper, but so very meaningful.  

David White
Oresje na Bizeljskem, Slovenia


That’s par for the course

I have constantly read and listened about the current debate for a proper solution to the distance issue(“Distance takes leap in golf, but what’s next?” March 6). One thing I haven't seen or heard is a consideration to just change the par score for the top-tier players.

Maybe make the PGA Tour location choose a hole to change from a short par 5 to a long par 4, or an easily drivable par 4 into a par 3. It would counter the short par-3 hole(s) as well.

This wouldn’t negatively affect the golf equipment market, nor would it affect the average player’s enjoyment of the game, which seems to be the main concern of a potential ball rollback.

Are there flaws in this idea? Yes. But it would be the easiest thing to do.

Courses are spending, or have spent, millions of dollars to lengthen their holes, just so their tournament will stay relevant to the current game. This could save a lot of economic and logistical headache.

Michael Shedd
Lake City, Ark.


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