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When Patrick Reed is in contention, it’s must-see TV

Controversial American plays with an attitude, and he is at his best when the heat is on, so if you don’t like it, well, that’s your problem

Patrick Reed wins the close ones. Why? Because his entire life has been close ones: college controversies; amazing pressure to make Monday qualifiers to get into PGA Tour events, which he did in six of eight attempts in 2012; and then winning close in every single event he has won on Tour. Close calls are his M.O.

Does he cheat? Is he well-liked? Does he care? That last one, I can answer with an emphatic, No. He does not care one bit. He does not care who blasts him and who befriends him.

In his news conference Sunday after winning the WGC Mexico Championship, Reed said that his “team” looks after everything and every detail when he is playing.

It should be apparent by now that he thrives on the heat being applied. Patrick Reed is good for the PGA Tour for that reason alone. It is must-watch TV when he is in the hunt.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

It’s a new era
Winners never cheat, and cheaters never win?

Patrick Reed won on Sunday; Adam Scott won the week before.

Maybe Scott McCarron will win this weekend.

Go Astros!

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

Upon further review …
They say that golf is a gentleman's game and that cheaters never prosper, but with millions on the line and the size of Patrick Reed's bank account, I'm not so sure about either.

Blaine Walker
St. Paul, Minn.

Even Riviera needs some help from time to time
Having watched the latest edition of golf at Riviera Country Club and everyone thinking that a classic golf course can stand up to today’s bombers, I would like to explain what Riviera has gone through over the years (“Blueprint to fix distance woes already exists,” Feb. 17).

Having played Riviera since the early 1970s, I have seen this golf course grow from 6,600 yards to well over 7,000 yards, and today, barely hanging on to how the bombers are handling a classic golf course.

Riviera was able to maintain its competitiveness during the weekend of the recent Genesis Invitational because of the strong winds out of the west, but the course would not have been able to handle the bombers without the wind.

To keep the classic courses intact, we need to bring the golf ball back 10 percent so that places such as Merion can continue to host a U.S. Open or a PGA Championship.

There needs to be a “professional” ball. Baseball has wooden bats for the professionals but aluminum bats for everyone else. Golf needs to have a professional ball that all touring pros would play in competition.

Bob Desjardins
Charlotte, N.C.

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