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PGA Tour’s season leader deserves an edge

Dustin Johnson, by virtue of his strong run leading into the Tour Championship, should benefit from his good play

The leader of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup going into the Tour Championship should get some benefit for being the best player entering East Lake Golf Club (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 9). I don't think it would be right to have had Dustin Johnson go 2-1-2 in the three tournaments leading up to the Tour Championship and not get some benefit from it.

We would be complaining if Billy Horschel, who was in 30th place to begin the week, had won the FedEx Cup and the $15 million bonus. Then we would hear people say, Horschel wins one tournament and takes home the grand prize.

We don't know how Johnson would have played if he had to win the tournament outright to win it all (“Dustin Johnson ends Tour Championship where he started,” Sept. 8). Would he have been more aggressive, hitting drivers instead of irons off the tee? Shooting directly at flags instead of playing to the safe side of the green?

If he had been five shots behind on Sunday, he would have played differently.

Layne Yawn
Jonesboro, Ark.

A Wise man … but not entirely
Reader Tom Wise is right, but he also is wrong (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 9).

We finally have the FedEx Cup final in which there can be only one winner, and Wise wants us to start over. Don’t you just love people who complain about the problems in the world and have no solutions?

It would be great if the player with the best score also could be the FedEx Cup winner. You would need to eliminate the top 30 players and have only the top five compete for the trophy, which is similar to how it used to be, but how fair is that to the other 25?

I like it the way it is for now. If a rookie is able to blow away the field and beat the guy in first place who has a 10-stroke head start, then he deserves the trophy.

Mel Howsmon
Vancouver, Wash.

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