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Boorish act doesn’t compare with world mayhem

From the Morning Read Inbox readers respond to recent articles surrounding Olesen incident adds to world's turbulence and a different playoff format

Boorish act doesn’t compare with world mayhem
For Alex Miceli to equate what a professional sports figure allegedly did on a flight to the incidents in El Paso, Dayton, Hong Kong, etc., is ludicrous and hyperbole (“Olesen incident adds to world’s turbulence,” Aug. 8).

Let’s have an article on every soccer, football, basketball and baseball player written up for every incident.

Was Thorbjorn Olesen’s act disgusting and probably illegal? Yes. Just write about that, but to add these other items, which have zero relevance to a drunk acting crudely, should be below you.

Trying to equate the various incidents is not journalism; it is sensationalism. If you think they are equivalent, I would suggest that you need some help and maybe should stay away from golf for some time and realize that golf is not the center of the world.

Bill Martin
Quitman, Texas


Don’t pair Olesen with Eggleston in pro-am
The piece by Alex Miceli regarding Thorbjorn Olesen is spot on (“Olesen incident adds to world’s turbulence,” Aug. 8).

Being a father, husband and grandfather, I'm much afraid that the perpetrator would have faced a large and more foreboding obstacle than a suspension: in my case, one mean, nasty, angry old fellow wanting to settle the score.

If said things happened as reported, Olesen should end up in jail for enough time to correct his behavior and seek mental help.

There seem to be serious issues there. I know many who have been intoxicated but never did those things.

Garen Eggleston
The Villages, Fla.


Something doesn’t line up
After watching the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship this past week at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort, I realized that another cause for slow play on the greens is the alignment lines.

I watched a girl spend as much as 1½ minutes trying to get her alignment line just right through five iterations of marking, adjusting, stepping back and squatting over and over again on a 50-foot putt. This also transpired on 3-foot putts, but not with the same frequency. Her coaches obviously have not told her that the main goal when putting a 50-footer is to get the speed right, not so much the line. And, of course, through all of that, she left the putt 6 feet short (she did make that one to save par, though).

I see pros on TV do the same thing. It makes me wonder how much speedier play would be if there were no markings at all other than a logo.

Also, God help us all if the greens charts that the pros use ever get marketed to the everyday player. Add 30-45 minutes per round, if so. And I'll always argue that a 12-handicapper doesn't need to worry that much about putt alignment. Getting the right speed from 30 feet out will save a couple of strokes per round. Having the right line but coming up 6 feet short will result in a 3-putt 50 percent of the time or more.

Tim Pittman
West End, N.C.


Identify slowpokes, pair them and start timing
I play fast and hate slow play, but I agree with Geoff Ogilvy and Graeme McDowell, that a shot clock is not the answer. It’s artificial, and pretty soon people would watch the clock more than the shot.

Another idea to combat slow play: Survey all players anonymously and ask for names of players with whom they do not want to be paired because of slow play. Put the chosen few together every week and time them.

The Tour Championship should have a match-play component at the end. Use the Western Amateur format as a model. Also, 125 is too many for playoffs. I suggest two weeks. Major champions and multi-winners get byes from the first week. First week: 72 players for 72 holes of stroke play. Second week: Field cut in half (and ties) to join byes for 36 holes of stroke play, with 16 qualifying for match play in the last two days. No handicaps, please.

Frank Mauz
Honolulu


A playoff format that Packers fans might nix
Here is my new format since the one they have been using is kind of stale: Three no-cut tournaments. If you qualify, you play in all three. Therefore, missing any one of them would make it virtually impossible to win the FedEx Cup.

Top 75 only. The current point system is fine, so No. 1 has a much greater chance of winning than No. 75, except that maybe No. 75 wins two events and then could win the cup.

The premium is on playing all three, and playing all three very well.

The other 50 players who made the top 125 still would have PGA Tour cards for next year. They just missed the playoffs. It’s like finishing third in the NFC North: not good enough.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.


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