Olympia Fields provides the perfect antidote to the PGA Tour’s bombers, so there’s no need to scale back on golf’s high-tech gear
We have enjoyed some incredible golf lately. The past weekend’s BMW Championship duel between eventual winner Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson demonstrated the exact blueprint for slowing down today’s power game (“Jon Rahm grabs BMW title with style,” Aug. 31).
I’m not totally convinced that a scale-back in distance is even needed, considering a lot of fans like to see the guys pound the ball a long way, and scoring is not down from the 1950s in a dramatic way. You still have to make the putts and have a short game, and be a well-rounded player. It’s not just about hitting the ball far; never has been.
But there has been a lot of momentum building in recent years, led by the esteemed Jack Nicklaus, of scaling back the golf ball.
Just in recent weeks, an article posted in Morning Read discussed how difficult such a decision would be to implement, because the needs of the pros and amateurs and golf manufacturers are not the same (“There’s no turning back on driving distance,” Aug. 20).
Right, but also completely unnecessary.
The BMW was a normal-sized PGA Tour event concerning the length of the course. But what was the winning score?
Johnson and Rahm are ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in the world, and the best that they could do was 4 under par. Johnson is on fire right now, having come off a 30-under performance and 11-stroke victory one week earlier at the Northern Trust (“Dustin Johnson shows PGA Tour shows really No. 1,” Aug. 24).
Pinched fairways, thick rough and fast greens are all that it took to slow him down.
Did anyone make them play with a balata ball? Did anyone give them a persimmon driver? Did they stretch the course to 8,500 yards?
No. There was no need, as the Olympia Fields setup aptly demonstrated.
So, can we put this silly idea of scaling back the march of technology to bed, once and for all?
Little Rock, Ark.
Should Alex Miceli be found, please send him home
Once again, Alex Miceli has lost his way (“LPGA stymies Sophia Popov with arcane rule,” Aug. 31).
LPGA commissioner Mike Whan did exactly what a competent leader does: follow the rules in place and not make a decision that would make it exclusionary to the previous people who had been dealt the same cards.
To make this change now would appear to many that his ruling was discretionary and done on a whim.
Though Miceli started Morning Read, his present direction is truly wayward, in my opinion. If the LPGA decides to change the rule in the off-season, then so be it.
The Villages, Fla.
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