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A golf lesson from Madonna? OK, we'll play along

Professional golf is no different than other forms of entertainment in that the biggest audiences produce the largest rewards

Reader Betsy Larey makes a powerful point about equality for female pro golfers (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 13). Naturally everyone doing equal work equally well should be paid the same.

I remember meeting a young guy who was in a band opening for Madonna years ago. Great gig, but he was so despondent. Their manager had decided that, as they were on stage for just as long as Madonna and played to the same audience that they should be paid the same, especially as they had to split it five ways. Madonna told them to hit the road and hired another group. Can you believe it?

No, of course it isn't true, but I'm sure you get the point. Bryson DeChambeau, Lexi Thompson and all of the other professional golfers are in the same business as Madonna. It's called entertainment, and those who draw the biggest audiences get the most reward.

When the tennis authorities were railroaded into equal pay, I asked why the women were selling themselves short. If their product was that good, then they should try to get more than the men. Simple method: play the men's Wimbledon one week and the women's the next and divvy up the gate and TV proceeds accordingly. Whoever gets more deserves it.

Things are changing, though. More men are starting to appreciate women's golf, not least because it's a lot more relevant to their own game, but it will be a long and gradual process and not one imposed by activists and authorities.

Terry Wall
Winchester, England

‘Equal pay for equal work’
Yes, I agree with reader Betsy Larey, that women's payout in any event should be equal to the men's (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 13).

It’s simple: Equal pay for equal work.

Bill Bamber
Edmonton, Alberta

Here’s a vote for Alex Miceli to campaign elsewhere
Alex Miceli seems dead set on making golf like so many other areas in our lives (“One Take with Alex Miceli: It’s time for golf to step up,” Oct. 13).

There are plenty of avenues to express our views on the state of the world. We need a refuge from conflict.

At my course, we very rarely discuss any political events while playing, and even afterwards while having lunch, unless we are pretty sure there aren’t conflicting opinions. We don’t need more open division; there is enough of that already.

Please keep politics out of golf.

David Catron
Naples, Fla.

Silence makes sense
The reluctance from the players and the golf industry is obvious and warranted, from my view (“One Take with Alex Miceli: It’s time for golf to step up,” Oct. 13). Keep the sport stars on the course and don’t politicize the game.

We get enough opinions from the other 95 percent of our day. We don’t need to share messages. Share what you obviously know, because that is your skill.

Doug Campbell
La Quinta, Calif.
(Campbell is the vice president of sales for GolfBuddy and SParms.)

Miceli misses something
Alex Miceli attended the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. He seemed to miss seeing the players, LPGA leadership and PGA of America leadership wearing masks. He also seemed to miss the racial and international diversity of the LPGA players on the golf course (“One Take with Alex Miceli: It’s time for golf to step up,” Oct. 13).

Miceli missed the mark on asking when golf and golf leadership is going to step up.

Debbie Waitkus
Phoenix

A parting shot en route to the 1st tee
Yes, Alex Miceli, all other athletes are mouthing off with their opinions, and that is why their viewership is down. People are tired of having these talking heads shove their views down our throats (“One Take with Alex Miceli: It’s time for golf to step up,” Oct. 13).

The day when the golf tours start pontificating this stuff, viewers will tune out. We watch golf to see golf, period. We get enough of the other stuff all day long, in every format.

I do not care about Miceli’s political and social beliefs.

I'm off to play.

Larry Guli
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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