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In golf, there’s 1 rule that stands out among all others

It's the 'golden rule,' with a 21st-century corporate twist: FedEx has the gold, so it will make the rules for PGA Tour, reader notes

Why all the complaining about the PGA Tour’s Tour Championship? It's set up the way it is, and everyone knows what’s going on (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Sept. 9, Sept. 10).

Xander Schauffele did not win the tournament, as he didn't earn enough points during the year to go into the final with the largest amount of bonus points (“Dustin Johnson ends Tour Championship where he started,” Sept. 8). The winner is the one who shoots a score and adds the bonus points he earned during the year, and it is the lowest score to par. How hard is it to understand?

Finally, many of you have forgotten the “golden rule”: them that has the gold makes the rules, when putting up the gold.

I enjoyed the tournament final, and congrats to Dustin Johnson.

Michael Merrill
McKinney, Texas

You’re getting closer, PGA Tour
The PGA Tour almost has it right (“Dustin Johnson ends Tour Championship where he started,” Sept. 8).

In team sports, playoff losers go home. In individual sports, except for the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup, losers go home.

First, more points to the majors and the Players Championship. Those tournaments are not weighted enough. Second, winners of the first two playoff events should get an additional two strokes for the Tour Championship at East Lake. Meaning for this year, Dustin Johnson should have had a four-stroke lead, not two.

The best players for the season should qualify, and the best player in the playoffs, should have a larger advantage at East Lake than two strokes more than second, if he has won a playoff event.

Roger Clark
Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Follow the money with CBS and Masters
The Masters as a warmup event for college and professional football? (“CBS sees Masters as warmup act for football,” Sept. 10).

On Saturday, ending a few minutes early for a college game as the sun is setting on a fall Georgia afternoon is not too different than the sunset time in April in Georgia. But ending the Masters in the middle of the final day so CBS football hacks can discuss an upcoming game ad nauseam for an early-season football game that's meaningless shows the interest of CBS in golf and the network’s financial strangle on golf.

Will the green-jacket presentation be shown in Butler Cabin or push the interview to Golf Channel, so the gamblers can get the latest QB ratings and power stats before calling the book?

Three of the four major championships are in the U.S.: the U.S. Open, PGA and Masters.

The PGA, an outgrowth from years ago when country clubs set the pace for pros, so the pros set up their own event. The Masters started as a clambake for Bobby Jones and his friends to be entertained by great golf on his/their course.

Many golf fans likely do not realize that the weekly tour stops were entertainment for club members and generally not open to the public. Thus, the Masters is the last holdover of that generational tradition. The U.S. Open and the British Open are just that: open championships. They are the only two true majors.

So, the Masters is getting bumped by the bigger-money NFL; bully for them. Today’s Augusta National committee caved in to dollars. Would that have happened if Jones still were running the Masters? Maybe, but is the Masters a major or really all about entertaining the members/guests and the money?

Patrick Scott
Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

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