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Putting the squeeze on Pebble Beach

Iconic course and its PGA Tour event deserve chance to deliver another ‘magical moment’ for golf

I just read John Hawkins’ piece on the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February, and I couldn't agree more (“Pebble Beach deserves better fate with PGA Tour,” Feb. 4).

I'm 58, and for the past 40 years my golf year begins at Augusta National. The build-up to April and the Masters was like waiting for a birthday or Christmas. Spring finally was here. The birds are singing, the grass is green again, and it was officially time to play. It was a magical moment to hear Jim Nantz's voice open the real golf season.

Now, Pebble Beach is squeezed into the schedule as if it's an amateur event. It seems as if commissioner Jay Monahan skipped PGA Tour history class.

Jeff Mullen
Haddonfield, N.J.

Hawkins’ suggestion for Pebble makes ripples
Leave it to John Hawkins to pipe another one deep and straight down the fairway with his suggestion/recommendation for Pebble Beach to host the Tour Championship (“Pebble Beach deserves better fate with PGA Tour,” Feb. 4).

It would be a gift to the game and to the fans, as well as the perfect venue for the players to settle the FedEx Cup.

Alas, it probably makes too much sense. But here's wishing for an early Christmas gift in August.

Bill Higgins
Centerville, Mass.

Champions Tour fails to live up to its name
Nothing against Brett Quigley, who was 0-for-408 on the PGA Tour and whose previous victory before Sunday’s triumph in Morocco was on the Buy.com Tour in 2001, but trying to market the 50-and-older tour as “Champions” is fake (“Keeping score,” Feb. 3).

The only way it could be called “Champions” is if it were sponsored by the Champion sportswear company.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

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