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Reader picks his ‘Poison,’ and he likes it

John Fischer’s article about Paul Runyan profiles a great champion with a timeless message

Great story by John Fischer about Paul Runyan, aka “Little Poison” (“In match play, it’s anybody’s game,” March 25).

I’ve been working on incorporating Runyan’s “chip-putt” into my game over the past few years to where I always seem to have a makeable putt left. Now, I have to start working on making more of those putts.

It’s good to remind people of our great champions of the past and the contributions that they made to the game. It’s what golf is all about.

Mark McAdams
Wilmette, Ill.

‘Little Poison’ but a lot of gentleman
Thank you, John Fischer, for the fun retelling and insight into Paul Runyan, aka “Little Poison” (“In match play, it’s anybody’s game,” March 25).

I had the good fortune to spend a couple of hours with Runyan at a PGA Merchandise Show in the mid-1980s. He was working with Ely Callaway, Dick De La Cruz, and Richard Parente at the start of Callaway Golf Co. Runyan was a consummate gentleman and genuinely wanted to help anyone whom he could. Evidence of this was when he gave me his telephone number to call him with any questions that I may have in my teaching career or if I just wanted to talk. I availed myself of that privilege whenever I could think of a plausible reason.

I also still have a couple of the original Little Poison putters and wedge set for which he graciously had me custom fit at the Callaway factory in Cathedral City, Calif.

Keep up the good work. We old guys need things to jar our thought process. Thanks again for the memories.

Tod Laudonia
Cos Cob, Conn.
(Laudonia is the former head professional at Edgartown Golf Club and Royal and Ancient Chappaquiddick Links on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.)

Put 1 foot in front of the other
Walk. Take the ball out of hole with the gloved hand. Walk (“From the Morning Read inbox,” March 25).

Keep 6 feet away from the person at the counter, and don’t hand him or her the credit card. Insert the chip reader yourself.

Roger Clark
Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Monahan doesn’t need your advice
I find it interesting that several recent contributors to Morning Read’s “inbox” have offered PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan some unsolicited advice on how he should spend a portion of his income (“From the Morning Read inbox,” March 24; March 25).

However, based on the success that Monahan has had in continuing to grow the Tour and based on his reputation as a consummate professional, I would guess that he is more than capable of making his own financial decisions, with no assistance from the public.

Frankly, it is none of our business how Monahan spends his money, anyway.

Bill Boutwell
Jacksonville, Fla.

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