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Deane Beman approached job with player’s mindset

John Hawkins gets it right in commentary about former PGA Tour commissioner, who wasn’t afraid to speak his mind

It’s a carryover from Tim Finchem’s era as PGA Tour commissioner that everyone has to toe the company line. John Hawkins hit a home run in with his piece on Deane Beman, a guy who was a player and spoke his mind and would at least entertain the thoughts of someone going outside the realm of party lines (“PGA Tour’s greatest commissioner? It’s a gimme,” April 28).

Some of the things that drove TV ratings were the manic nature of some analysts. Neither Tim Finchem nor Jay Monahan was a Tour player but suits who drove the corporate jet, so that is the only thing to which they can relate. Though the Tour’s Policy Board is a good start, it doesn’t really dictate policy like the commish does.

Today’s PGA Tour is about players making their own brand. Well, once Tiger Woods is done, the brands will lose their value, and the Tour will need some characters to draw up new interest.

Garen Eggleston
The Villages, Fla.

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