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Bryson DeChambeau can’t help himself in quest to be best

DeChambeau takes a personal approach to golf and, regardless of what others might say, marches to the beat of his own drummer

I believe in Bryson DeChambeau, not just for his novel approach to the game but also for his guts to be radically different from the other PGA Tour players (“Bryson DeChambeau adds brawn to brains, but is it such a smart move?” June 17).

His golf swing is, in my mind, similar to that of the late Moe Norman, considered by many to be the best ball-striker ever (and the shift to analytics in the NFL).

Norman was autistic, and, because of his odd swing and behavior, was hounded for those traits on the PGA Tour. He was an extremely sensitive guy, couldn’t take it and returned to his native Canada.

I don’t think that DeChambeau gives a damn what others say; he has his own drummer and is marching to his beat. And, by the way, I think he will develop an inside-150-yards game, as well as his putting, in order to be among the best. He can’t help himself.

Ken Olshansky
Wellington, Fla.

Maybe PGA Tour can discount tickets for hobos
Surprise. Nick Watney was not exempt from coronavirus? (“PGA Tour’s bubble bursts with Nick Watney fiasco,” June 22).

If the PGA Tour – indeed, if the country – isolates itself until this virus is eradicated, then there will be no country. There will be hobo camps and soup kitchens. People are going to get the virus, no matter the protocols. It’s a bug, not a bus we can avoid entirely. Other players are free not to “mingle” up close and personal with one another.

Individuals have to protect themselves as well as they can and not expect draconian measures from the government to save us all. All of us can’t be saved. For more than two months, the entire country was in a lockdown, and people still are getting the disease, and some people are still dying from it.

A vaccine may never come. The flu hasn’t gone away; AIDS hasn’t gone away, nor has lung cancer and heart disease. We can only do so much. If one is worried, then just stay home and die of depression, stress and whatever else humans get living like lone wolfs in a zoo.

Larry Ashe
Chicago

Pro golf could manage spectators without stands
I believe that, contrary to Alex Miceli’s view to “ban the fan” on the PGA Tour, that pro golf could safely have fans without stands (“One Take,” June 23).

In most tournaments, the players are inside the ropes and do not get near the fans. A sport played outdoors without seating areas could be the safest venue for the players. The fans themselves will come if they are comfortable and feel safe.

If Miceli is against fans, then I am against reporters being there. Reporters could watch at home and do Zoom or FaceTime interviews with the players.

Mark Bertoldi
Wallace, N.C.

What's worse: COVID-19 or Media-20?
Oh, Alex! The sky is falling, said Chicken Little. Gloom and doom shall surely follow. Given a glass half full, Miceli certainly will stumble and wind up completely empty, as evidenced by his recent writings (“PGA Tour’s bubble bursts with Nick Watney fiasco,” June 22).

The COVID-19 pandemic has rained sickness down upon us. Those who have survived are now faced with a Media-20 pandemic. We are praying for a cure for both.

Miceli seems to prefer the Chicken Little version. World news rankings are at an all-time low. Here’s hoping that Miceli stops writing under the apple tree.

Craig Cathey
Burlington, N.C.

When will it be safe for Miceli to emerge from his shell?
So, if Alex Miceli has a standard of no one being infected in order to resume sports (and our lives), just go ahead and shut it all down (“PGA Tour’s bubble bursts with Nick Watney fiasco,” June 22).

When would Miceli ever deem it to be safe?

Mark Wallace
Grandview, Texas

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