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‘Equal pay for equal work’? Agreed, provided that it’s truly equal

Readers’ criticism of unequal purses for the men and women in their respective U.S. Opens fails to recognize the obvious

Readers Betsy Larey and Bill Bamber have made statements about the inequality of purses for the USGA’s Women’s Open compared to the men’s Open (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 13, Oct. 14).

Larey states that the purses should be equal because women pay the same USGA dues as men. Sounds reasonable on the surface. But what would be more reasonable is to make the purses proportional to the total USGA dues revenue generated by women compared to men.

Bamber makes the statement “equal pay for equal work.” It’s not equal work when one group plays a golf course that measures 6,700 yards and the other plays one that’s 7,600 yards. At least in tennis, the men and women play the same size court.

The USGA has come a long way in increasing the Women’s Open purse. And hopefully the economy will allow the association to continue to increase it. But it is not “equal work.”

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

If John Hawkins was joking, reader isn’t laughing
Did I just read that John Hawkins thinks the 2003 Masters won by Mike Weir is one of the five most significant Masters ever played? This was some kind of a joke, right? (“The 5 most significant Masters ever played,” Oct.13).

No mention of Ben Hogan, Sam Snead or Jack Nicklaus? Of course, there was the usual Tiger Woods loving, but one can’t argue with 1997 being on the list, but 2003?

The 1975 duel between Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Johnny Miller is probably No. 1, and Nicklaus’ sixth green jacket, in 1986, is a golf lover’s classic.

And how about Gene Sarazen’s famous double eagle on 15 in 1935 or Larry Mize breaking Greg Norman’s heart in 1987? I could name a dozen others before 2003 even enters the conversation.

Martha Burk, significant? Give me a break!

Frank Blauch
Lebanon, Pa.

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