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PGA Tour should have suspended Patrick Reed, too

Player and caddie act as a team, so discipline should have been meted out to Patrick Reed and bagman Kessler Karain in Presidents Cup

The PGA Tour did not go far enough in suspending Patrick Reed’s caddie, Kessler Karain, for the Presidents Cup singles matches.

This assumes that the spectator who was shoved by Karain was behind the ropes and sufficient walkway existed that the player/caddie could walk far-enough away from spectators.

The player and his/her caddie are a pair competing to win a tournament or a match. They strategize the round and make tactical decisions on every shot.

To raise the penalty of bad behavior, regardless of who caused the infraction, both the pro and the caddie should be suspended for the same length of time. Yes, this would mean that instead of a full slate of singles matches, the U.S. team would forfeit a match and a point at the start. If Reed had been suspended with Karain and the U.S. forfeited the singles point that Reed eventually won, the result would have been a two-point swing and a 14-14 tie.

This would elevate the penalty for bad behavior. The pro is responsible for the duo's performance and behavior.

Bill Martin
Quitman, Texas

‘Corporate sponsorship at its very worst’
I couldn’t agree more with reader Lou Body about the ads surrounding the televising of the Presidents Cup (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Dec. 13).

This is one of my pet peeves, but this telecast truly takes the cake. Just because the ads have a small, silent insert of the event doesn’t make it easier to follow. This is corporate sponsorship at its very worst.

People who watch these ads are more likely to be turned off by them and not create the favorable feelings for the companies that are advertising. What a shame, as the event looks like great television for golf fans.

It’s a similar mindset that allows a player who clearly is unable to take responsibility for his actions that are directly against the rules and the spirit of the game.

Once again, what a shame that it impacts the entire team and the outcome of the event, which has become largely irrelevant as a result of the shambles.

Paul Sunderland
Los Angeles

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