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Love faces conflict of interest with CBS

Tour player likely won't be critical as TV commentator

I do not intrinsically have a problem with Davis Love III calling golf for CBS (“CBS Sports adds Davis Love III for golf telecasts,” Oct. 29). His on-course career is stellar.

The issue I have is, because he has announced that he still will be a competitor on the PGA and Champions tours, it will be in the back of my mind that he will not want to be critical of certain players because of his relationship with them and his leadership positions in golf.

I had the same issue with Peter Kostis and his relationship as a teacher with Paul Casey. Either Kostis would perhaps be too hard or too soft on him. It was always a presence.

I do not think you can truly have it both ways. Either you are a player or you are an announcer. The mix for me is oil and water.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

McCord, Kostis offer unique insights
I enjoyed Gary McCord and Peter Kostis for different reasons on CBS telecasts (“How old is too old to talk about golf on TV?” Oct. 27).

McCord was able to expand viewership with witty, funky statements while giving us a view that we rarely get the chance to hear. His insight was from a journeyman pro with very limited success, and the trials and tribulations that are endured.

Kostis spoke in teacher terms that most of us never had the cash to pay to hear. Those knocking him perhaps are blessed to have a dedicated teacher at their beck and call.

Both fellows are advanced enough in age to retire or pursue other avenues, but I dislike such cold, calculated departure, with little notice to where they took their craft.

Jim Nantz is the one who has gotten “stale” on CBS, as he wants everything that he says to be epic and expects us to fawn over his utterances.

Garen Eggleston
The Villages, Fla.

What took CBS so long to oust McCord?
It was shocking that CBS fired Peter Kostis but took so long to get rid of Gary McCord (“How old is too old to talk about golf on TV?” Oct. 27). His inane, long-winded and often inappropriate commentary was equivalent to fingernails on the chalkboard for me.

I can now give the mute button a rest.

Sally Davis
Manhattan, N.Y.

Glass is half full for ex-USGA volunteer
I certainly can empathize with Gary McCord and Peter Kostis (“How old is too old to talk about golf on TV?” Oct. 27).

This seems to be a golf thing that has infected the USGA as well. After 13 years as a volunteer rules official on the USGA Mid-Amateur Committee, I was told early this year that I was not being reappointed to the committee for 2019. No explanation was provided. Because I had not missed a championship during my 13 years and had always scored much better than the minimum test score required for officials on the USGA Rules Test, I could surmise only that my age (71) was the reason.

Of course, being a volunteer, I had absolutely no recourse to my non-reappointment, but I will miss the opportunity to work the Mid-Am and the camaraderie among the rules officials there.

On a more positive note, I will save $1,500-$2,000, which I spent each year to be a volunteer.

Ronne Mercer
Albuquerque, N.M.

Triple play dooms CBS
Too many commercials, not enough coverage of the field, and Ian Baker-Finch make CBS the worst of the networks covering golf (“How old is too old to talk about golf on TV?” Oct. 27).

Gary Cohen
Great Neck, N.Y.

You’re a bit late with that commentary, Hawkins
If John Hawkins had written his commentary about Tiger Woods 18 months ago, he’d be right (“You’re dreaming if you think Woods will catch Nicklaus,” Oct. 29).

But Woods has won three events in his past 14 official appearances, no small feat on the PGA Tour. In fact, that would be an excellent career for most.

Yes, 43 is old, especially for a broken-down golfer, but there is something about his new swing. You could see it at the Masters, especially with his irons in round 3. Everything was working together, and the relaxed, easy leverage he was creating cut through the turf like butter. I’d never seen him swing so controlled. Again, he looked that way for most of his play in Japan, as well (“Move over, Sammy, and make room for Tiger,” Oct. 27).

So maybe the maniacal golf genius has found something, along with his unsurpassed putting. Woods finding “something” is not like Joe Journeyman finding something on the range. If the greatest golfer who has ever played the game finds a new secret sauce that complements his physical limitations, 2020 could be very exciting.

Mark McAdams
Wilmette, Ill.

Hey, Hawk: Hedge your bet against Tiger
Let me caution John Hawkins not to bet the house against Tiger Woods (“You’re dreaming if you think Woods will catch Nicklaus,” Oct. 29).

There were quite a few notable names in the Japan tournament who didn’t do so well on the reputed easy and soft short course.

Hawkins don’t sound like he is a player but rather a decent writer who is savvy enough to stir the Tiger pot.

Jonathan Perry
Atlanta

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