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September 10, 2019
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Networks whiff with Walker Cup
The television networks’ failure to cover the Walker Cup, particularly when it was in Europe and could have filled the morning hours, was a huge blunder (“Dark days for Walker Cup and TV,” Sept. 9). There was nothing interesting filling the airwaves. NBC and its Golf Channel either alienated fans or missed the opportunity to gain new ones.

As a producer/director, former owner of an advertising agency, and a great fan of golf, I’m very disappointed in the way younger people who are responsible are programming the shows.

Furthermore, the current style of coverage in which the camera cuts back and forth to players putting rather than following several players throughout the tournament diminishes the opportunity to follow a player’s round and gain a following.

I hope that Morning Read has some influence to make changes.

Mitchell Sklare
Chicago


R&A misses big picture in not televising Walker Cup
Alex Miceli got it 100-percent right in criticizing the R&A for using money as the excuse for not televising the Walker Cup (“Dark days for Walker Cup and TV,” Sept. 9). What absolute rubbish!

The ruling bodies of golf have very full coffers from the various championships and can afford to do whatever they want. They, seemingly, just don't want to show amateur golf at its best. This is inexcusable, and we should all scream out to the R&A and the USGA that by not showing top amateur golf, it's a rejection of the very people who support the game at the grass-roots level.

If we are trying to attract people to the game, which the golf powers are supposed to do, this is no way to do it.

Paul Sunderland
Los Angeles


A sure payoff for those PGA Tour millions
Dan O'Neill is a wonderful man who must have been watching football last weekend with Budweiser (“A few ideas to amp up Tour’s new season,” Sept. 9).

A mulligan? No, Dan. How else would Phil Mickelson have become a runner-up at the U.S. Open a record six times. Although I’ll bet that Scott Hoch would have used his mulligan at the 1989 Masters.

O’Neill is correct on the season-long race for the FedEx Cup. It simply is not meaningful. Give that $70 million bonus pool to St. Jude Hospital and save kids.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.


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