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Course setup could negate Bryson DeChambeau at Masters

It’s time for golf to use the setup and agronomy tactics to throttle back the bombers and return to ‘real golf,’ reader contends

It is somewhat disconcerting that Bryson DeChambeau might turn yet another major championship into an exhibition of bomb-and-gouge golf (“2020 Masters: Can Augusta National withstand the onslaught,” Nov. 2). It’s boring and has me reaching for the remote.

The Masters Tournament is one I look forward to each year. The “do not disturb” sign is displayed on my bonus-room door. I hope that DeChambeau has to eschew the superhuman nuclear shots off the tee and play real golf.

It’s time to look into course setup and other agronomic methods that can bring accuracy back into the professional game. As length is relative, limiting ball flight simply would filter down through the entire field. The same players still would have an advantage.

Perhaps tightening courses. Adding/moving bunkers to make the landing areas a bit more hazardous. Let the junk in the wooded areas grow instead of clearing it out. Miss it wide left, and good luck finding your ball. Don't complain. You hit it there.

I'm not implying that the courses should be set up so that players are struggling to make par, or to embarrass them. I simply would like to see them challenged. 

Let’s start somewhere. 

My ideal target would be to set up the course so that the predicted winning final score is around 10 under par, and go from there. 

Ken Young 
Indian Trail, N.C.

Act like an American, Alex Miceli
It’s sad that Alex Miceli has fallen into the camp that's been trying to divide our country into controllable groups (“It’s no golden moment for Golden Bear,” Oct. 30)

Regarding his criticism of golf regarding its position on minorities: Looking at the writers of this publication. Most of them do not seem to have much of a minority grouping. The pictures show a lot of European faces. A picture certainly does not make the whole story.  

For Morning Read in 2020 to have mostly white faces is a bit hypocritical. To single out Jack Nicklaus to discuss racism is beyond belief. As an entrepreneur, Miceli is one who can make a difference.

I would prefer that we all look at one another and relish our differences and push forward as a team rather than the current political ways. Join together, be as well educated as possible, treat everyone as your brother and sister or best friend. Give a hand up, not a hand out. Be your best, every day. 

Practice what you preach, Alex Miceli, and stop being a left-wing bigot and ideologue. Be an American.

Patrick Scott
Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Stick to golf, Miceli
I disagree with Alex Miceli’s article (“It’s no golden moment for Golden Bear,” Oct. 30).

One's opinion can be told or shared, but I also have the option to simply “out” these kinds of attitudes, especially when it is an editorial.

I turned off Bob Costas years ago for mixing entertainment/sports with politics. Gregg Popovich of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs tells me I am racist because I live in America. How did Barack Obama get elected president in 2008 and again in 2012 when only about 13 percent of the population is black? Many white folks voted for him. I quit attending Spurs games, especially with the NBA’s two-faced attitude on China. Don't be the next.

Stick to golf. You will be fine there. I do not need to be told how to think.

Alan Dale
New Braunfels, Texas

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