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Sure, Scott Piercy was sorry … that it cost him

That social-media misstep by the PGA Tour player apparently wasn’t the half of it, reader contends

I am sure that PGA Tour player Scott Piercy was sorry … about losing his endorsement money (“Titleist blows lid over Scott Piercy’s social media gaffe,” March 6).

Alex Miceli forgot to mention this nugget from Golf Digest:
Piercy also posted a message about QAnon, which is a far-right conspiracy theory involving a secret plot by a "deep state" against the government, one that accuses its critics of child sex trafficking. The FBI has determined QAnon to be a potential source of domestic terrorism.

I don't think this is just a one-off opinion. Maybe he just went public finally.

Who knows? As is evidenced with a lot of folks on social media, they always are really sorry – when they get called out and caught for it.

Reid Hutchins
Olympia, Wash.

Think before hitting ‘send’
The post that Scott Piercy sent out was neither a “mistake” nor “poor judgment” (“Titleist blows lid over Scott Piercy’s social media gaffe,” March 6).

When writing on any platform, “slips of the tongue” can be corrected before hitting the “send” button. When using hurtful terms to describe a presidential-nominee candidate, it is possible that the heat of political difference can cloud judgment. Delving deep to quote a source such as QAnon, however, takes effort. It points to someone who lives in a world dominated by hate and fear.

I understand and support the fact that we can have differing points of view. I don’t know what it takes to become a person with views like Piercy’s. Even harder to understand is that he believed that he would be someone standing up for a good cause.

George M. Delaney
Olympia, Wash.

‘The King’ of golf meets the prince of prose
Leave it to the eloquence of Jeff Babineau to blend Arnold Palmer, a golf tournament and a world seemingly spinning madly out of control into an important reminder for all of us: A little more civility, kindness and generosity would go a long way (“At Bay Hill, it’s as if Arnie never left,” March 6).

And so, thanks, Babs. I’m heading out this morning with the goal of trying to do better at channeling my “inner Arnie.”

Bill Higgins
Centerville, Mass.

Kindness counts on scorecard of life
Thank you, Jeff Babineau, for your thoughtful words on Arnold Palmer (“At Bay Hill, it’s as if Arnie never left,” March 6).

It's nice to read kind words at a time when kindness is so rare.

Tim Armstrong
Dennis, Mass.

All hail ‘The King’
Lovely article by Jeff Babineau about Arnold Palmer (“At Bay Hill, it’s as if Arnie never left,” March 6).

I first went to the Masters in 1976 and had encounters with Palmer on several occasions. I feel blessed to have shaken his huge hand.

Babineau is so right: There never will be anyone as humble, kind, and far-thinking as “The King.”

O.B. “Obby” Boyd III
Winder, Ga.

The Texas way
Reader Charlie Jurgonis is right on point regarding club golfers and their handicaps (“From the Morning Read inbox,” March 5).

I see it every day at my club and have seen it for decades at other clubs at which I’ve been a member. That’s why I never play in a handicap event; a low-handicapper has no chance.

I play in a three-day tournament at Ranchland Hills Country Club in Midland, Texas, in late July every year. It’s all gross score: no handicaps, and no one gets any strokes. It’s four-man teams, with two low balls on each hole.

When I return to Jupiter and tell club members about the week, they ask, “What does a 15-handicapper do in an event like that to compete?” My answer is, “He plays in the fifth flight along with other 15-handicappers, and they all play scratch, with four-man teams and two low balls on each hole.

No one in any flight in the entire tournament gets any strokes. And no one complains about not getting any strokes.

Folks in Texas know how to run a tournament.

Donnie Blanks
Jupiter, Fla.

A bone to pick with ‘Bones’
I was reading the recent comments about golf-commentator beefs from other subscribers to your always entertaining articles, and that got me to respond with my personal irritating golf analyst (“From the Morning Read inbox,” March 6).

I find Jim “Bones” Mackay to be so annoying with his rapid-fire, whispered comments. He tries to get 100 comments into a 10-second time slot, resulting in a whispered garble of words.

Allot him more air time or move him out of player hearing range. Or both.

Howard Gross
Coconut Creek, Fla.

C’mon, Golf Channel: Your noise interferes with our naps!
I agree wholeheartedly with reader Bill Boutwell about the increased volume on Golf Channel (“From the Morning Read inbox,” March 6).

Not only is it annoying, but it also makes it difficult to nap on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. My wife and I are avid golf fans, but we also like a little nap as we are watching the telecasts. To avoid the increase in volume, it is necessary to set our volume controls so low that we cannot hear the commentators.

Jack Snow
Fort Collins, Colo.

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