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Fowler can find strength in Hogan’s example

30 isn't over the hill in pro golf, as Ben Hogan showed

It is good that Mike Purkey was not around when Ben Hogan turned pro (“At 30, Fowler reaches career turning point on PGA Tour,” Oct. 20).

I would suggest that 30 in those days was much older than 30 today. As I recall from my reading, Hogan did not win that many times in his first 10 years after turning pro, and he did not win his first major until age 34.

I am not suggesting that Rickie Fowler is ever going to come close to Hogan’s records and achievements. I am just saying that because someone is 30, he is not necessarily washed up as a professional golfer, as the article implies.

George Shutt
Orlando, Fla.

A fitting tribute to Stewart
I would like to thank Jeff Babineau for the wonderful article and tribute about Payne Stewart (“20 years later, one of golf’s brightest lights still shines,” Oct. 24). Not Payne Stewart the golfer but Payne Stewart the man.

October 25, 1999. I remember the event as if it were yesterday. Where did the 20 years go?

Ken Staroscik
Firestone, Colo.

It’s just an exhibition, so lighten up
The Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup are exhibitions, a fact that seems to be lost on some observers who think that the matches are life-and-death situations (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 24).

These millionaires play for themselves all year long. If the U.S. wins or loses, life goes on, and it proves nothing.

Golf is an individual game. If these guys don’t play great golf in a one-week team event, it’s not a disaster for them or our country.

Anyone who plays golf knows that pros get hot and cold, and that unknowns can have a great week and never be heard from again. Yes, it's a team event for one week, but it's an exhibition. There is no shame in losing to professionals from other continents.

Tiger Woods has a losing individual record (13-17-3) in the Ryder Cup. Does anyone believe that those guys who beat him in one individual match are better players?

Gregory Tatoian
Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Disgruntled viewer but a happy subscriber
For 65 years, I have promoted and played golf. I taught my two sons and four grandsons to play.

I turned 81 this past summer. Serving as caregiver for my ailing wife, I am hanging up my clubs. I even have stopped watching golf on TV due to time-consuming rounds.

During the past weekend, I attempted to watch the Zozo Championship a couple of times, but every time I tuned in to Golf Channel, there was Tiger Woods. I decided that I no longer want to see his every shot, or hear his comments about his game, and shot critique.

I'll continue to enjoy Morning Read.

Bobby Goforth
Bristol, Tenn.

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