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Readers try to help Miceli see the light

Power play beats delaying Turkish Airlines Open finish until Monday

Alex Miceli criticizes the decision to finish the Turkish Airlines Open under artificial lights because it instantly changed the playing conditions (“Finish casts shadow over Turkish Airlines Open,” Nov. 10). Get real. This happens all the time in golf.

Conditions go from bright sunshine to cloudy in an instant. A rain squall comes through. The wind kicks up suddenly. All these natural phenomena require golfers to adapt on the fly, and they favor one golfer’s game over another’s.

Putting off two playoff holes for another day would have been worse.

Ken Bass
Raleigh, N.C.

Conditions in Turkey ‘fair’ for all involved
Alex Miceli offers an interesting take on this subject, and while I understand his argument, I can’t agree with it (“Finish casts shadow over Turkish Airlines Open,” Nov. 10).

Conditions change from morning to afternoon as well. Playing golf in the early morning or at high noon is quite different from playing in the late afternoon. Because of the very long hours of daylight and the very large fields, players in the British Open face vastly different conditions between early and late tee times of the same competition round. This seems vastly less “fair” than all of the players in a playoff playing together, in the same conditions, under the lights.

There are many aspects of golf and competition golf that are not really “fair” to all players, but this idea of completing the playoff under the lights, with the same conditions for each player, doesn’t strike me as one that is overly concerning.

Steve Vanderploeg
Toronto
(Vanderploeg is a golf course architect with Carrick Design of Don Mills, Ontario.)

An enlightening suggestion for Miceli
Please quit your whining, Alex Miceli (“Finish casts shadow over Turkish Airlines Open,” Nov. 10).

Whether the conditions were ideal or not is another question. However, they all played under the lights and under the same conditions. Thus, the competition was fair – bottom line.

Stephen Joost
Jacksonville, Fla.

An illuminating thought for 2020 Turkey event
I always enjoy, but don’t necessarily always agree with, Alex Miceli’s comments (“Finish casts shadow over Turkish Airlines Open,” Nov. 10).

All points aside, the Turkish Airlines Open tournament organizers made one mistake. The tournament rules sheet should have stated that in the event of a playoff coinciding with darkness, the playoff would continue under artificial lighting.

Good read nonetheless. Lesson learned.

John Gardner
Fort Myers, Fla.

Give match play a chance in tour finals
With no offense intended to Scott McCarron, a fine gentleman who earned the Charles Schwab Cup fair and square, there needs to be a change in the way that the Champions, LPGA and even PGA tours’ final championships are decided (“Maggert’s walk-off eagle wins Champions Tour finale,” Nov. 10).

Golf is obviously different than other sports, but the final championship in golf – as with the others’ – should end with head-to-head competition, namely match play. The answer is a format similar to the Western Amateur’s.

Consider a two-week championship. During the first week, a no-cut, 72-hole stroke-play tournament would trim the field of whatever number each tour would determine in half for the second week. To give due credit to season-long play, it would be the low half of sums of entry position plus finish position.

In the second week, two days of 36-hole stroke play would trim the field to 16 for the last two days of intensive match play. Just as in the first week, it would be the low 16 sums of second-week entry position plus finish position.

Match-play pairings would be the usual 1 vs. 16, 2 vs. 15, etc. Ties to reach the round of 16 would be broken by sudden-death play, and ties for pairings would be broken by world/Rolex rankings.

The math is simple, TV would have 16 players with an equal chance on Saturday morning, four on Sunday morning, and the great tradition of match play would be showcased.

Frank Mauz
Honolulu

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