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Ryder Cup offers camaraderie for the common man

Whether there will be fans at this year's Ryder Cup or not, the event will appeal to the golfers who matter most

Ted Bishop is wrong (“Ryder Cup without fans would be a flop,” June 3).

As with so many who are close to the action, he seems to have forgotten or never really knew who the Ryder Cup fans are. They are not the 10,000-30,000 at the venue where the cup is contested. It is the millions of social golfers sitting in pubs and clubhouses around the world who have a reason beyond the major championships to come together and watch golf.

There will be money on the match. There will be drinks and noise and camaraderie that go far beyond the U.S. and Europe. I have lived as an expatriate in a half-dozen countries, and when the golfers around the world gather to watch the broadcast, they are not watching the fans at the venue; they couldn't care less about them. They are watching the golfers; they are watching the matches; they are watching the scoreboard. They don't hear the roars at the private club where it is being contested. It is drowned out by the roars in the pub and in the club.

Bob Hughes
Hanoi, Vietnam

Donald Bradman, Bobby Jones stand above the crowd
Yes, John Hawkins is correct in writing that the Tiger Slam probably never will be done again, at least in our lifetimes (“20 years ago this month, Tiger Woods begins greatest feat in sports,” June 1).

However, if you want to look at a feat that will outshine forever, look at the late Australian Donald Bradman’s batting record in cricket. It was the equivalent of Ted Williams batting .800.

The other one that nobody ever, ever will repeat is Bobby Jones’ 1930 Grand Slam. To win both opens and both amateurs in the same year is almost as unpronounceable as it is unachievable.

Boyd Welsch
Gainesville, Fla.

Monitor coronavirus cases among protesters for clue to golf crowds
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and other health experts should closely monitor the increase, decrease or flatline of coronavirus cases in major cities where George Floyd demonstrations are being held and where the protesters are not exercising social distancing and the overwhelming majority are not wearing masks.

If the protesters show less than the national average for positive tests and there are no deaths from COVID-19 among them, doesn’t that indicate that spectators at sporting events should be considered to be safe?

The largest of the protests are being held in COVID-19 “hot spots.” If there’s not an uptick in those areas, why would we expect a spread in the rarified air of exclusive golf venues or in outdoor stadiums or in arenas with controlled-air environments?

I recently heard a health expert say that protesters should quarantine for two weeks. Fat chance. But if they don’t, wouldn’t that give the “experts” enough real data by the end of this month to say that perhaps sporting events with spectators do not present any more risk than going to the grocery store?

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

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