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Boost appeal of Presidents Cup by adding women

Mixed-team event would offer unique alternative to Ryder Cup and elevate women's game

I read with interest Dan O’Neill’s article about Rickie Fowler's selection to the Presidents Cup team (“Give the customers what they want,” Nov. 24). I agree with O’Neill’s premise. The Presidents Cup is not a Ryder Cup, but it could be nearly as interesting with this change: add international women.

Imagine a competition with 24 per team: 12 men and 12 women. It would add more teams to cover on TV, giving viewers a better and fuller viewing experience; it would provide viewers a unique alternative to the Ryder Cup competition; and it would make the Presidents Cup a real competition.

Everyone knows that Asia dominates in the LPGA, just as the U.S. team dominates in the Presidents Cup. By adding women to both teams, it would make it a real competition. Having gender-mixed teams playing better-ball and alternate-shot formats would be an exciting and interesting viewing alternative to the mega Ryder Cup. Moreover, it would put women's golf on an international viewing stage, thereby raising its viewership and exposure.

The competition still would have gender-specific matches for the men and women, but the addition of mixed matches could add an interesting and exciting element not offered by the more dominant Ryder Cup.

John G. Donovan
Big Lake, Minn.

Woods opts for ‘box-office bonanza’
Let’s all understand, as Dan O’Neill points out, that professional golf is show business, and Rickie Fowler is a great show (“Give the customers what they want,” Nov. 24).

By the way, because of the amazing fickle nature of golf and sports in general (the Jets have won three in a row), Fowler might play well.

So, yes, Tiger Woods could have taken any number of others to the land Down Under. Instead, he is bringing a box-office bonanza.

One last thought: It is supposed to be an exhibition of golf, not World War III.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

Just think if FedEx Cup points were legal tender
Perhaps we should offer points instead of cash in our friendly skins game (“If cash is king, PGA Tour hides crown,” Nov. 24).

Ever wonder how many points it takes to buy a doughnut and coffee?

Great article. Sad but so true.

Paul Vicary
The Villages, Fla.

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