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Gambling in golf is not a sure thing, reader contends

Legalized sports betting can affect outcome

What are the odds of two out of three of the world's best golfers missing the green on Augusta National’s 12th (hitting a 9-iron) after the sentimental favorite, TW, was safely on the green? Maybe CBS, the USGA and the PGA Tour through "legalized gambling" got to the caddies who talked their players out of hitting an 8-iron. Hmm.

This is a prime example of why legalized sports betting can ruin competitive sports at every level (“Vegas, gambling and golf? It’s no lock,” Oct. 1).

Just think about it.

Dan Cahill
Santa Ana, Calif.

Koreans hold key to Solheim-style world event
I have read a lot of criticism for the Solheim Cup to change its format to include the best players in the world. I take this to largely mean players from South Korea.

The Solheim Cup is what it is. I don't believe it should change, especially after this last one (“Pettersen drops 2 stunners in Solheim Cup,” Sept. 16). Who could beat that for drama?

Here's a thought: Why doesn't the Korean LPGA host an invitational every other year in non-Solheim years? A Korean team could play a world team. They could have the top 12 Koreans, or go down the list if some of the top 12 couldn't play. They could invite the top 12 non-Koreans as an International team. If some of the 12 couldn't play, just keep going down the list. Korean companies surely would be happy to sponsor a cup. They could work with the U.S. LPGA on dates so it doesn't interfere with the players’ commitment to the tour and possibly some sort of co-sponsor agreement. They could have a rota of Korean courses.

If you looked at the standings at this point, players from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, Thailand and Spain would be participating.

Donald Beck
Goodyear, Ariz.

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