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Miceli misses real story with Solheim Cup
Alex Miceli, as always, took a spectacular performance by the women in the Solheim Cup and attempted to diminish it by writing only about the one negative that he could find (“Slow play, slower ruling clouds Solheim,” Sept. 18).
We all agree that golf needs to speed up, but please give credit where credit is due. Golf doesn’t have nearly as big of a pace-of-play issue as it does a women's issue. Pro shops across the country cater predominantly to men. TV networks show the women only when they can’t find anything to show, and Miceli can write only about slow play when one of the most storied finishes in the history of golf was just witnessed.
We all have seen the long putt giving the Americans the Ryder Cup victory thousands of times. I don’t need to tell you who, when, or where, because even if you don’t know any of those answers, you’ve seen it enough times to know exactly the putt I’m referring to.
Women in the game are golf’s greatest opportunity to expand and grow the game. Let’s get Miceli to play an exhibition in a tournament alongside the girls. He can’t compete against the LPGA or college-age women. How about trying his skills against AJGA or U.S. Kids-age girls? Play from the same tee boxes, and let’s film it as a made-for-TV charity event. Let’s see Miceli need to make a putt or hit a chip with the possibility or probability of getting beaten by 10-17-year-old girls with the world watching and see how his pace of play would be.
Miceli has created a great platform with Morning Read, but he missed a real opportunity to tell Suzzan Pettersen’s story and the Solheim Cup finale (“Pettersen drops 2 stunners in Solheim Cup,” Sept. 16). You should have given her a well-deserved pat on the back for a job well done and a career well played.
Marble Falls, Texas
It takes money to be PGA Tour’s POY
Rory McIlroy won the PGA Tour’s player of the year because he won the most “money,” and he won the most money by winning the Super Bowl of golf (“Tour touts its clarity amid opaque voting,” Sept. 16).
Golf purists always try to tell everyone that the four majors are the most important events, and in some respects they are. But, if everyone starts at zero, then which would you rather win: $15 million for winning the FedEx Cup, or the Masters that pays $2 million, with some ancillary benefits that often depend on who you are and how marketable your personality really is?
Tiger Woods would rather win a major because he’s already worth a billion dollars. The Tour has gone out of its way to create a series of events to compete with other sports and the attention span of sports fans. The Tour does it by putting up massive amounts of cash and calling it the FedEx Cup.
Ask any rookie on Tour right now or any golfer who isn’t already worth $20 million and I say that he would all rather win the FedEx Cup and be set for life than win a major and possibly still be a one-and-done, with little to show other than $2 million and a sport coat.
Woods, McIlroy and Jack Nicklaus all made millions off the course by winning a major, but I’m not seeing that many commercials with Jason Dufner or Sergio Garcia or folks whose personalities simply don’t transfer.
I’m not saying this is right or wrong, but McIlroy won the FedEx Cup because he won the biggest event, and with it the most money.
Next year, the POY should simply be the FedEx winner. Give the Grand Slam to another guy if he wins it, and its OK to call that a bigger prize. Player of the year wins the most cash. If you can win more than the Fed Ex Cup champion, then you get to be POY.
Jim A. Hearn
Fix pace of play at golf’s youngest levels
I agree with Alex Miceli, that slow play among the professionals is a very serious issue (“Got insomnia? Nod off with Solheim Cup,” Sept. 16). It’s ridiculous.
But, I’m surprised that Miceli didn’t mention that the players were being put on the clock on Sunday at the Solheim Cup. They were being timed all the way along. That’s what we need at other tournaments. When the first group knew that they were on the clock, they ran between holes.
Also, did Miceli talk about the kids in the Drive, Chip and Putt? They are learning this ridiculous behavior when putting at a very early age. They should start to address it as early as possible and put time limits on the kids in these contests.
A reluctance to enforce
Why are people surprised that the Tour powers won’t penalize players for a perceived rules violation for slow play when officials won’t penalize the top two players on the Champions Tour for an enforceable rule violation for anchoring? (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 19).
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