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‘Worst thing that ever happened to PGA Tour’

Those ‘drunken rowdies’ and ‘knuckleheads’ at the Phoenix Open take the worst elements of modern golf and export them to a course near you, reader contends

I agree wholeheartedly with reader Jim Tulloch (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 20). Gary Van Sickle is certainly entitled to his opinion, but the Waste Management Phoenix Open, in my humble opinion, is the worst thing that ever happened to the PGA Tour (“Best of the West? It’s Phoenix, by a longneck,” Jan. 17).

The drunken rowdies who populate the stands at TPC Scottsdale’s No. 16 have opened the door for fans to make themselves a part of the competition.

It seems as if more and more tournaments, such as the Honda Classic and others, are following the lead and encouraging inappropriate behavior by knuckleheads like those at the Phoenix Open.

The Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup competitions also are being taken over by obnoxious and disrespectful “fans.” Just witness Patrick Reed’s caddie/spectator dust-up.

I also think it has given rise to a phenomena on a lot of public courses in the past few years, with golfers playing music on the course while they are playing. Does anybody take this game seriously anymore? Or has the great game of golf, in which you attempt to shoot your best score and compete, been completely overtaken by the “just want to have a good time” crowd?

Please tell I am not the only left!

Frank Blauch
Lebanon, Pa.

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