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Augusta National’s move rates as fantastic, not farcical

Reader salutes Augusta National Golf Club for its commitment to women's amateur golf

Readers Charlie Jurgonis and Baird Heide have taken turns accusing Augusta National Golf Club of paying lip service to the concept of equal rights for all, in holding the recent Augusta National Women’s Amateur (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 28 and Jan. 29). What was missing in their charge was any empirical evidence supporting their position.

The fact of the matter is, Augusta National provided an iconic venue for a significant women’s amateur golf tournament that without a doubt has elevated women’s amateur golf to a new level.

Unlike Jurgonis and Heide, I would describe Augusta National’s efforts in hosting the ANWA as fantastic, not “farcical.”

Bill Boutwell
Jacksonville, Fla.

Johnson and Mickelson lose at least 1 fan
Thank you, Dave Seanor, for the great article on Saudi “sportswashing” (“Saudi ‘sportswashing’ feels like a dirty trick,” Jan. 27).

I am disappointed that so many big-name players have chosen to sell their souls for a few extra bucks. I have been a big fan of Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson for years but would never consider rooting for them again.

Do they have no shame? Do these guys not realize that playing in a tournament hosted by the Saudi Arabian government is no different than if they were to play in a tournament hosted by Adolf Hitler?

Derek Turney
Alpharetta, Ga.

2 of life’s certainties: Death, and Tour won’t pay taxes
Listening to and reading about the world-tour proposal and seeing the PGA Tour’s response, I can’t help but wonder when someone will decide to take another look at the Tour as a non-tax entity (“PGA Tour warns players not to bolt for rival tour,” Jan. 29).

Perhaps the threat of being locked out of the PGA Tour if you’d decide to give the new guy a try might jeopardize the Tour’s elite nonprofit status.

I hear that the Tour’s pension plan is the best of any sport, and then there’s the large amount of cash that their executives take home. Why aren’t they subject to the same issues as most top-line businesses?

The PGA Tour has had its cake and eaten it too for a long time. Sure, the Tour touts its charity donations, but most of those donations are by the sponsor and tournament hosts during the week when they hold an event.

It’s sort of like taking credit for everyone else’s efforts.

Garen Eggleston
The Villages, Fla.

Threat of competition jolts PGA Tour
I find it amusing how the PGA Tour brass get their panties in a wad over the possible competition from the proposed world tour, the Premier Golf League (“PGA Tour warns players not to bolt for rival tour,” Jan. 29).

I always hear talk about what a great thing the free market is – unless, of course, it’s your business that is in the crosshairs.

Tom O’Donnell
Loveland, Ohio

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