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Golf will survive this uncertainty

Coronavirus is no match for golfers' resiliency, reader contends

Because of the coronavirus, all sports essentially have been canceled or suspended.

I keep reading stories asking, “Can golf survive?”

Yes, golf can survive. Golf is not played only on Thursday through Sunday at private clubs by professionals. Golf is our game: the kid who is just learning; the father or mother who has loved it since childhood and now is passing it on to his or children; or we retired folks who need to get out of the house for a few hours.

It is a great way to socialize. We get caught up on one another’s news, tell stories, and just enjoy the company.

I have said many times that if it were not for golf, I wouldn't know anybody.

So, yes, golf can and will survive.

Greg Whorten
Bluffton, S.C.

Golf’s ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ stand in stark contrast
So, I have been sitting in my winter residence in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at Mission Hills Country Club, watching with the rest of the world the coronavirus pandemic strike fear in all.

Liselotte Neumann and I were putting on the Dinah Reunion Pro-Am, a nice tournament to honor the memory of Dinah Shore and the past champions of this great game, which we have had to postpone. Rumors have run rampant over the last week. We have seen the work stop on building the stands, the clubhouse emptying for fear of gathering and so many unknowns. I have had an LPGA player staying at my house, preparing for the Founders Cup in Phoenix and the tour’s West Coast Swing. I have heard about the expenses of Airbnbs to be canceled, the caddies who don’t have incomes to take weeks or months off and the LPGA players who need to get part-time jobs to survive.

I worry about all the wait staff at the club working and relying on tips. We have one waitress who is a single mother, and her car lease just came up. She lives an hour away and works at two country clubs here. A group of us went by the other night to give her a check to help out, and then I turn on the news and I hear how $7.5 million from the PGA Tour’s Players Championship will be divided among the millionaire players who will fly back home on their private jets.

There are so many people who will be affected, and they can’t pay rent or bills, and these boys basically get a “vacation” since they play so many weeks in a row.

I can think of many ways $7.5 million can change a lot of lives. This news made me sick.

I love the PGA Tour – I always have – but this was a bad move. All of the wait staff and maybe so many small businesses in the area could have been helped.

Lisa DePaulo
Austin, Texas
(DePaulo, a former LPGA player, is a member of the LPGA Legends Tour and serves as chief executive officer of Tournament Treasures.)

It’s always Monday morning for Monday morning QBs
A round of applause to those in golf's hierarchy for taking the actions they did to be good citizens in light of the health crisis the nation faces.

As always, there are the second-guessers and Monday morning quarterbacks out there who bash the decision timeline made by Jay Monahan regarding the cancellation of the Players.

I'm enough of a cynic that these same bashers are probably still playing their weekly fourball. It’s classic “do as I say, not as I do.”

As a sports fan, I find another part of the crisis to be no sports to watch for the next weeks and perhaps months.

Here is a selfish thought: Wouldn't it have been great to see the Masters played without patrons lining the fairways and surrounding the 18th green? The unencumbered views of Augusta National would reinforce how spectacular it is.

Dave Richner
St. Johns, Fla.

There’s nothing difficult about a choice for humanity
Everyone says decisions to cancel or postpone sporting events are difficult choices, but I actually view these as easy choices.

Human life during a time of immense uncertainty calls for this as being simple. There are no choices, only one, and everyone is doing exactly the correct thing.

I love the NCAAs, the Players Championship, baseball and of course Magnolia Lane, but because of the unknown – and it is real, not talk-show people with agendas or politicians with no knowledge – we must accept without issue that the only way to fight fire is with lots of water.

There will be another March Madness and another “Fore, please” from the Masters. We will appreciate those events even more when they come back, and they will

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

It’s a sure thing that PGA Tour will follow the money
I recently heard an interview with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan that was conducted shortly before coronavirus took over the sports world.

The interviewer asked Monahan where the Tour stood on the subject of sports gambling. While I hoped he would say gambling on his sport was not a good idea and was not encouraged by the PGA Tour, I got the answer that I expected.

To paraphrase, the PGA Tour recognizes that sports gambling is becoming increasingly popular and inevitably will be welcomed as a part of the sports landscape.

Not to decry sports gambling as a bad idea and dangerous thing to embrace for the Tour, Monahan tells me that the PGA Tour is ready to look the other way and take its cut.

Inevitably, there will be some incidents among the gallery at a PGA Tour event where some fan with money riding on the outcome will do something foolish in an attempt to win a bet that he just made on his phone.

I’m very disappointed but certainly not surprised.

Frank Blauch
Lebanon, Pa.

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