Wow! I never knew that Morning Read had an attorney conversant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. So, think of my surprise when I learned that John Hawkins is one such (“With Daly, PGA opts just to let things ride,” May 9).
While anyone is free to opine about John Daly and whether he is good for golf (PGA of America and many fans) or a disgrace (USGA), I would suggest that the act in question does not include a clause requiring the disability to be present from birth. Nor does it exclude those who ate too many bacon double cheeseburgers. Whether Daly is disabled in the meaning of the act is best left to physicians, and in cases where the individual requesting relief is denied, lawyers.
As to whether the USGA was correct in denying relief to Daly in the 2018 U.S. Senior Open is not clear as no adjudication was requested. It is certainly possible that the Supreme Court would not have been as dismissive of osteoarthritis as Hawkins apparently is. The fact that osteoarthritis is widespread and affects sufferers to varying degrees does not automatically eliminate it from consideration.
Finally, if the USGA based its decision on its dislike of Daly for his Mickelson-like act in the 1999 U.S. Open (or was that later incident Phil's Daly-like act?) rather than the facts and the meaning of the act, that is a disgrace.
St. Paul, Minn.
Hawkins takes logic on a misguided ride
John Hawkins, in his stand of not wishing that John Daly be affixed the use of a cart, writes: “An ultra-common physical ailment is not sufficient grounds to make unique provisions for anybody to compete in a golf tournament.” (“With Daly, PGA opts just to let things ride,” May 9).
It suggests that Hawkins does not require a cart. Many millions of golfers around the world use one. To deny access where providing that access is as simple as providing a cart is the heart of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Shame on you and the USGA.
Daly stands as embarrassment for golf
John Daly was, is and always will be an embarrassment to the game of golf (“With Daly, PGA opts just to let things ride,” May 9). Period.
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
OK, so Daly acts out, but he’s got talent
My hat’s off to John Hawkins for his article on John Daly (“With Daly, PGA opts just to let things ride,” May 9).
I have always enjoyed watching Daly. Between all the crazy things he does, there is a special load of talent there for hitting a golf ball, with both power and touch.
Try this putting routine … please
Slow play on TV doesn't bother me at all. I watch only the majors, and I concentrate only on the last nine holes. At that point, all of the deliberations and nervous tension in the players are part of the excitement. Apart from which, there are so many cameras that the producer is switching from one tortured soul to another every 30 seconds or so, and that's as fast-moving as I need.
However, slow play does annoy me in two other ways.
Firstly, when a pro – let's call him "J" – takes most of five minutes to play his stroke to the 72nd hole and keeps his playing competitor – let's call him "A" – waiting, it possibly costs him the title, or at least a better placing. J should be warned after 40 seconds and penalized two strokes after 80. No excuses. Golf rules do not usually take intention into account.
Secondly, when I'm waiting behind a four-ball of slow players and they each start to line up their putts only after the previous player has hit his, then take up to a minute walking around and looking at the line from every angle. Pros do this because they practice hours each day and actually know what they are looking for, as well as being able to do something useful with the information. Handicappers do not.
Here's a test: Play your next 18 holes and with every putt take a single glance from behind the ball (you should be standing behind it already), walk up, settle, one check for alignment, one for distance, then putt. Your subconscious will do the rest.
It's a better putter than you are.
Medal of Freedom winners do more than participate
Reader Dave Richner seems to think that Tiger Woods’ receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom is some kind of participation trophy (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 9).
Really? Has Richner seen the list of recipients? Is he aware of Woods’ record on the PGA Tour? Has he researched what the Tiger Woods Foundation has done for kids around the country? Then there is the exponential rise of purse money, Tour sponsorships, extended TV contracts, the enormous crowds that attend in tournaments, etc.
Participation trophy? Not today.
James C. Wyatt
Tiger and his tale of redemption
I am on the opposite side of the Woods hater/Trump lover camp, and I had to swallow hard when the Presidential Medal of Freedom for Tiger Woods was announced (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 9). Some other sports figures won't go near the White House, with its current occupant.
However, Woods exemplifies what we would like to teach our children to do: Strive for redemption if you have done wrong and harmed those who care about you; face hardship and disappointment; and work through whatever it takes, including pain, to achieve your highest goals. Be the best that you can be.
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