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Eye of the Tiger, dance of the Irish

From the Morning Read Inbox readers respond to recent articles surrounding Lowry unites Irish isle with Claret Jug

Eye of the Tiger, dance of the Irish
In response to the stories about Shane Lowry and his British Open victory (“Lowry unites Irish isle with Claret Jug,” July 22), I have a personal anecdote to pass along, illuminating what a fun soul he truly is.

On the last day of play at the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open, I had the pleasure of accompanying Lowry and his playing competitor as a walking standard bearer. With double tees, we were the last group playing off the 10th tee.

Needless to say, our gallery was quite thin – just a few people rather than the thousands following the leaders. On the 15th tee, Lowry’s playing competitor smoked his drive. He stepped aside and Lowry started to make his way onto the tee when suddenly a cellphone rang. And this wasn’t any ordinary ring tone: “Eye of the Tiger,” aka the “Rocky” theme song.

The fan was horrified that his cellphone went off, but Lowry didn’t miss a beat. He threw his arms into the air and started dancing in circles, just like Rocky. Lowry’s playing competitor argued that the phone was singing out to celebrate his fabulous drive, yet Lowry would have no part of it. Even in a group well behind the leaders that mustered only a handful of fans, Lowry showed a broad smile and he danced victoriously, with his arms overhead.

There has been plenty of celebratory Irish music since Lowry’s fabulous British Open victory on Sunday. I vote to throw in a little “Eye of the Tiger” and a victory dance. Well played, Shane!

Debbie Waitkus

Test winner’s driver to ensure compliance
I suggest that the winner’s driver be tested for conformity (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 22, July 23). In the event the club is non-conforming, the victory would be forfeited.

The manufacturers would be sure that their clubs conformed to the rules, to avoid the shame arising from failure and the marketing impact.

On second thought, it might be a marketing positive.

Gordon Williams
Ellsworth, Ohio

Blame club makers, not governing bodies
A great deal of Internet blather has resulted from an ill-guided view on the R&A's practice of randomly testing clubs for conformity at the British Open (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 22, July 23). Why no outrage over the fact that the World Anti-Doping Agency randomly drug tests only a handful of athletes at a time?

The onus shouldn't be on the R&A, the USGA or even the PGA Tour to ensure that clubs conform with the rules; that responsibility should be placed on the manufacturers of the clubs themselves. They're the ones who should be being criticized here, not the R&A.

Mark Smolens
Elmhurst, Ill.

Don’t be so quick to declare a winner
Here is an easy fix to the “legal” equipment issue (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 22, July 23): A winner’s clubs and ball must be legal in order for him/her to be declared the “official” winner. A winner is not the winner until his/her clubs and ball pass the test.

I don’t know how long it takes to test a club, but I would imagine that it’s less than a day. On Monday, after testing, the result can be certified as “official” and the winner declared. If his/her clubs or ball are ruled illegal, he/she can be DQ’d – thus, no title and no money.

Club and ball manufacturers would then be much more forthright in ensuring that golfers play with legal equipment. It would be a huge black eye and a probable lawsuit if they were not.

Lou Body IV
Beaufort, S.C.

No more monkeying around for McIlroy
How many monkeys that were on Rory McIlroy’s back finally have jumped off? (“From 1st swing, McIlroy falters at home,” July 19).

1. He was supposed to get the career Grand Slam by age 25, then 30. Check.

2. He was sure to win another major championship in that half-decade. Check.

3. He would play like a superstar from the off in his home country. Check.

4. He would blow everyone away in the last two rounds at the Open. Check.

Now he can get back to enjoying his golf again and play the game that we love to watch.

No monkeys = many wins. Check.

Terry Wall
Winchester, England

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