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Riviera serves tasty treat from timeless recipe

Classic course challenges PGA Tour’s best players, from the bombers to the strategists, and attests to architects’ role in golf’s distance debate

Thank you, Alex Miceli, for your most insightful comments (“Blueprint to fix distance woes already exists,” Feb. 17).

Yes, look at Riviera, site of the PGA Tour’s recent Genesis Invitational. The scores were not amazingly low nor amazingly high. From the bombers, such as Dustin Johnson, to the strategists, such as Matt Kuchar, all had their chances. At the end of the day, the best golfer of the week, Adam Scott, won.

I would say the porridge was just right.

Congratulations to the architects for solving the “distance problem.”

Stephen Joost
Jacksonville, Fla.

PGA Tour should take a cue from iconic courses
Thanks, Alex Miceli, for stating the obvious (“Blueprint to fix distance woes already exists,” Feb. 17).

I am tired of seeing pros spray balls everywhere and have short irons into the greens. It’s boring to watch, whether in person or on TV.

I can think of many iconic golf courses that would take driver out of their hands. They would then have to play the course as intended.

Why doesn’t the PGA Tour get this? Or maybe it does and doesn’t care.

Betsy Larey
St. Paul, Minn.
(Larey is an LPGA teaching professional.)

Accuracy should matter in golf
Spot on, as always, Alex Miceli (“Blueprint to fix distance woes already exists,” Feb. 17).

Stop setting up courses so that accuracy doesn't matter, and have a penalty for hitting a 320-yard drive into the trees instead of a 290-yard drive into the fairway.

We do have great courses from the past that stand the test of time. There are times when someone is dead on and stripes every drive and beats up a classic course, but it isn't an everyday occurrence. Architects should design courses to bring in every club in the bag: left-to-right holes, right-to-left holes, drivable par 4s, etc.

I don't want to see a return to the ridiculous 6-8-inch rough and the need to chip out into fairways of the old USGA setups, which take the driver out of the hands of the game’s best. But there should be consequences for off-line hits on a grip-it-and-rip-it hole.

Tom Boland
Northborough, Mass.

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