John Daly is more to be pitied than scorned, though he is widely considered to be the loveable “everyman” (“With Daly, PGA opts just to let things ride,” May 9).
Tiger Woods is vilified for his indiscretions while Daly is, for some reason, celebrated. Woods never trashed a hotel room just down the road from PGA Tour headquarters. And now the PGA of America is allowing Daly to use a cart to play at Bethpage Black in this week’s PGA Championship.
Why not give him a cooler to go with it, or just throw his clubs onto the beer cart?
St. Augustine, Fla.
It’s Supreme ‘overreach’ to link ADA and touring pros
I read John Hawkins’ article with interest, and I respectfully disagree with his conclusion (“With Daly, PGA opts just to let things ride,” May 9).
In my opinion, the Supreme Court ruling on Casey Martin was an overreach. Playing tournament sports should not be covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Also, though John Daly is one of the game’s true characters, I am not particularly a fan. However, it seems to me that a disability is a disability, regardless of how it came about. If Martin was eligible to ride, then Daly should be, too, assuming that his right knee is as bad as he says it is.
Woods and Daly move needle in their own ways
In response to reader Larry Guli, who says John Daly “is and always will be an embarrassment to the game of golf” (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 10): Tiger Woods has had some very unsavory things happen in his life, which put a dark cloud over him and certainly was embarrassing to golf.
Sure, everyone says that Woods “moves the needle,” which is good for golf. Back in the day, John Daly also moved the needle and brought interest to the game.
Comparing Daly, Trump and Woods
Two guys, shameless, destructive and brash, among other tawdry behaviors. One is a leader of a well-known country who owns golf courses, and the other was once a top player in the sport of golf.
I don’t know why and can’t explain it well, but I like John Daly and don’t like the other guy. John Hawkins’ article was good, and I understand his distaste of the cart move, but I like the guy (“With Daly, PGA opts just to let things ride,” May 9). I am glad that he won his plea and look forward to seeing him play.
Tiger Woods’ behavior is not much better, when you look at it all, but big champs such as Donald Trump and Tiger Woods get all the breaks, and the little guys cheer them on.
Woods vs. Nicklaus? It’s no contest
Those readers who believe that Tiger Woods needs to match Jack Nicklaus’ 18 majors to be considered the “greatest of all time” must also think that Robert Horry, with seven NBA Championship rings and not Michael Jordan, who has “only” six, is the GOAT of the modern NBA era.
I don’t know who is the real GOAT in golf, but if my options are only Woods vs. Nicklaus, I look at it this way: Flip their careers. Put Woods into Nicklaus’ 1962-86 majors era, with the fields Nicklaus played against, using the equipment Nicklaus played with and on course conditions during those 25 years. Then put Nicklaus into Woods’ 1997-2019 majors era, with the fields Woods played against, using the equipment Woods played with and on course conditions during those 23 years.
Woods would be at least as long off the tee as Nicklaus was. Both were excellent putters. Woods had the superior short game. And no one, including Nicklaus, can control trajectory, ball curve and spin better than Woods. And Woods would be able to do all that with a maximum-feedback balata ball.
I think if their careers were flipped, Woods would have far more than 18 majors, and there would be no further discussion about who is the GOAT among those who use majors as the barometer.
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