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Don’t look for these 2 guys at Augusta National

Reader adds voice to previous writer's submission, contending club pays ‘lip service’ to women’s amateur golf

It was with great pleasure that I read in Tuesday’s Morning Read so many letters offering thoughts on Saudi “sportswashing” (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 28).

Perhaps if enough of us continue to express our distaste for such activities, the golfers involved might take notice. I would doubt it, but there is always a “maybe.”

Kudos also to reader Charlie Jurgonis, who brings some thoughtful words about Augusta National Golf Club and its farcical Augusta National Women’s Amateur. The event is an attempt by Augusta National to give but lip service to the concept of equal rights for all.

Sadly, Charlie, I suspect that you – and now perhaps I for agreeing with you – will not be welcome on Augusta's patron list come Masters time.

Baird Heide
Bradford, Ontario

Golf’s new catchphrase: ‘Grow the wallet’
“Grow the game” is laughable (“Saudi ‘sportswashing’ feels like a dirty trick,” Jan. 27). In all truth, it is “grow the wallet.”

Supporting a country such as Saudi Arabia that has major human-rights issues and state-sanctioned assassination of journalists who write about them is something of which every player who competes should be ashamed. They have chosen greed over integrity.

Mark Jones
Wayne, Pa.

By playing Saudi event, players snub Thunderbirds
In many cases, golfers are so pampered and oblivious to the “real” world that they cannot see what effect they have on others (“Saudi ‘sportswashing’ feels like a dirty trick,” Jan. 27).

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The sport at the highest level is not immune to this truth.

By these men playing the Saudi International, effectively signaling that the event has more meaning than the Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, is destructive to the bone. Of all the events on the PGA Tour, Phoenix actually has lived up to its charitable obligations, and then some.

Sometimes politics does count in sports, and this is one of those times, indeed.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

Max Homa lands a new fan … and perhaps a follower
Thanks to Mark Herrmann for his fun take on Max Homa and the use of Twitter (“It’s golf and social media, to the Max,” Jan. 28).

I am instantly a fan and will be following Homa on TV. I might even consider joining the 8 percent of those over 60 years of age to use Twitter, if someone under 30 could give me lessons!

Ken Chojnacki
Delran, N.J.

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