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What in the name of Frank Chirkinian is going on at CBS?

Reader blasts network for failing to stay with the Masters telecast as eventual winner Dustin Johnson walks up to the 18th green

So, I’m sitting there watching Dustin Johnson make history at this year’s Masters with a long-awaited victory and a record-breaking score of 20 under par.

The suspense was gone very early this year as D.J. was rock solid throughout and never tested, but I stuck with the telecast just so I could see Johnson walk up the 18th fairway, even though I knew there would only be a few hundred spectators, as opposed to other years. But immediately after Johnson knocked his second shot onto the green, CBS goes to commercial and returns just in time to see him marking his ball on the green. Unbelievable.

The CBS telecast in general has deteriorated over the past few years. The Masters telecast used to constantly cut from one shot to another, to allow viewers to see as much of the tournament as possible. Now, CBS stays with the final group all day long, so we can watch them read their putts, converse with their caddies and throw grass up in the air.

Pathetic. Frank Chirkinian, we miss you.

Frank Blauch
Lebanon, Pa.

A fair tradeoff for a would-be patron
After many years of hoping that my name would be selected for tickets to the Masters, naturally 2020 was the year.

That being said, I have thoroughly enjoyed this year's tournament. The sight lines without crowds allows the TV viewer to see the course as it actually is. The drone views are great, too.

The only thing missing were roars.

Bill Barker 
Union, Ohio

Let the golf course punish errant drivers
Reader Patrick Scott has succinctly answered the questions posed by the long ball that we are stressing over today (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Nov. 15).

His answer, “Make the course [Augusta National] as it was meant to be played,” applies to all courses that wish to host a PGA Tour event. Punish the long-ball hitter when he’s off line, just as golf courses always have punished us shorter hitters when we are off line. 

I’ve played a few hundred rounds in the U.K., where pot bunkers and traps are built so that the player can’t advance an errant ball very far. Narrow fairways, deep rough, penal bunkers, water and trees are a great way to nullify those long, off-line shots.

Forget penalizing everyone with a shorter ball. Make the golf course do the work.

Augusta National has plenty of options to make the course tougher for long-ball bombers. So do other courses.

Lou Body IV
Jacksonville, Fla.

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