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Requesting a Cherry on top of Masters Sunday

Reader likes the thought of Don Cherry doing his ‘Coach's Corner’ session under the tree at Augusta National or from Butler Cabin

I very much enjoyed Dan O’Neill’s article regarding new year’s wishes (“New year’s wishes feature new identity for Spieth,” Jan. 6).

The absolute funniest, and one I would go to pay-per-view to see, was the idea of having Don “Grapes” Cherry do the Masters. Since Gary McCord can’t get past security on Magnolia Lane, either Cherry could do his “Coach's Corner” segment under the big oak tree at Augusta National or, better yet, from Butler Cabin. It would bring a new dimension to golf.

Just imagine how an interview between Cherry and Patrick Reed or Sergio Garcia might go.

A tournament like none other.

Paul Vicary
The Villages, Fla.

Pro tours protect players at price of integrity
No matter what you think of CBS’ firing of Gary McCord and Peter Kostis, it is done and we need to move on and complain about the new people on the block. Paul Azinger never shuts up, for a start. I'm sure we will have others come along to complain about.

Patrick Reed moved the sand and then was penalized. Phil Mickelson hit a moving ball and was penalized. Tiger Woods signed an incorrect scorecard but was allowed to play anyway, even though at the time the rule called for a DQ. Chella Choi marked her ball incorrectly and refused to acknowledge it, even though it was clear, so she quits instead of accepting a penalty. I'm sure that readers can point out other infractions that should have resulted in disciplinary actions other than what happened.

The professional tours are going to try to protect their players at all costs, it would appear. It seems to me that integrity is being stretched a lot.

Michael Merrill
McKinney, Texas

Not going to bet against the house
In response to reader Mike McQueen on the allure of gambling on golf, it’s a nonprofit business for the PGA Tour (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 7).

Casinos pay taxes, so how shall this affect the million-dollar generator of professional golf? I, for one, really don’t have interest in gambling on the outcomes of players, much like I’m not a fan of fantasy sports betting. I got my fill of gambling many years ago on a craps table, taking a beating.

I wish all those who enjoy it well, but there is a reason why they build palaces in which to gamble, place bets and put on high-priced shows for a small price. The house always ends up winning.

Garen Eggleston
The Villages, Fla.

Tour’s big bet could create problems
On one hand, golf always has been about gambling, so formalizing it on the PGA Tour seems obvious (“New year touts golf gambling as almost a sure thing,” Jan. 2).

On the other hand, it could undercut the sport horribly. How much might a pro get to throw a minor tournament? Unlike team sports, it's all on each pro. If a gambling syndicate were to sponsor a pro, what might that do to the integrity of the sport? Imagine learning that a pro had been betting on another pro to win a tournament?

Gambling is not inherently negative, but regulating it in golf might prove to be almost impossible.

Mike Lambert
Pittsburgh

Hail to the cheat
Patrick Reed inadvertently has reminded everyone that golf always has been the most honorable game, in which pros call penalties on themselves, even when it costs them big bucks.

Many golf fans are quick to condemn Reed but mysteriously continue to support another suspect. Every golfer and potential voter should read Rick Reilly's enlightening book "Commander in Cheat.”

It is often said that to really know a person, you should travel or play golf with him. Every other issue aside, Reilly's book tells all you need to know.

Frank Mauz
Honolulu

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