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DeChambeau vs. Reed: A tale of contrasts

Beneath that ‘analytical armor’ worn by Bryson DeChambeau lies a sensitive scientist who lacks the ‘rhinoceros hide’ of golf’s other bad boy, Patrick Reed, reader theorizes

Though Bryson DeChambeau does a pretty good job of replacing Patrick Reed as No. 1 on golf's “kick me” parade, he lacks Reed's skin as thick as rhinoceros hide, I’d bet (“Not ready for prime time,” Aug. 3).

It may be that beneath DeChambeau’s analytical armor is a sensitive interior, one which Reed is not accused of having.

Much graver than the slings and arrows to which DeChambeau is subjected, it may well be that he has taken the huge expectations created by the Las Vegas oddsmakers to be a true evaluation of expected performance that he must meet. I get anxious imagining that burden.

Reed likely would be immune to any such outside burden, as he early on declared it for himself.

Ken Olshansky
Wellington, Fla.

CBS, PGA Tour and Peyronie’s disease make quite a team
I seem to have irritated reader Bob Geismar (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 4).

I love golf (most days), and I enjoy watching professional golf. I don’t have a clue about what it takes to run the broadcast of one of these events. I do have a clue that the entire approach to presenting golf on television is stuck in the past.

I have nothing against CBS’ Jim Nantz, but the emcee role is completely unnecessary and is out of another era.

I am indifferent about Phil Mickelson as a potential replacement for Davis Love III (“Who should replace Davis Love III at CBS?” July 31), but agree with other readers that he could add a spark to broadcasts.

John Hawkins thinks CBS should just write Mickelson a big check and get him. I’m not sure that Mickelson can or would want to maintain his level of excitement through the entire long season.

My main suggestion is getting the announcers out of their seats and down on the course. Bring the viewers closer to the action; provide more insight about the dynamics in the moment. Make it more fun. Technology is available to make it all possible.

The goal of the PGA Tour – I think, anyway – is to increase viewership and general interest in its product, to drive higher advertising revenue. If the Tour and CBS want to continue living off of Peyronie’s disease and erectile-dysfunction, then they should stick with Nantz, Nick Faldo, Ian Baker-Finch and Co.

Eric Wentzel
Hoboken, N.J.

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