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A wealth of good qualities

Charles Howell III has made a fortune on the PGA Tour, but his earnings don’t begin to value the man’s character, reader contends

I had the pleasure to spend a fair amount of time with Charles Howell III at the Sunnehanna Amateur 20-plus years ago, when he was a junior at Oklahoma State (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 28).

What impressed me more than his exquisite ball-striking was his total and absolute politeness. I was representing a major golf manufacturer at the time, and every time that I spoke with him, it was “Yes, sir,” “No, sir,” “Thank you, sir.”

As a result of being so impressed with this young man, I would follow him (and often speak with him) at many tournaments, and his poise, composure and humility always were evident.

I couldn't feel happier that he is close to reaching the $40 million earnings mark. He has earned it.

John M. Sullivan
Hull, Mass.
(Sullivan is the strategic account manager for Majesty Golf, a Japan-based manufacturer of golf equipment.)

It’s Yanks vs. Brits all over again
Reader Garen Eggleston wrote, “And as far as what Lee Westwood has to say, what makes him an expert on anything? I don’t think he has done anything worthy of having an impact on mankind.” (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 28)

I don't think Westwood imagines he is an expert on anything, other than being a decent guy and a very good golfer. I reread the quote in the link and couldn't see anything designed to have an impact on mankind. All I read was a guy, when asked whether he was planning to play in the U.S., commenting on his own risk assessment and deciding against it.

Eggleston’s comment reminds me of the useful online rule: Send out only what you would say to someone's face.

Terry Wall
Winchester, England

Bunkers should be places for golfers to fear
I applaud reader Nick Genoese for his comments on bunkers (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 28).

Bunkers should be something to avoid, not an aiming point essentially to provide relief near the green.

Doing away with rakes is one option. I’d go a step further and do away with sand in most bunkers and make them pot bunkers, as we see so often on the courses where the British Open is played. Deepen them and let the grass grow. They’d cease to be safe bailout places and instead become places to be avoided.

Bruce Allen
Forest Ranch, Calif.

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