From The Inbox

Don’t blame LPGA for sponsor exemptions

For its $3 million sponsorship, CME Group deserves a couple of at-large picks for the LPGA’s Tour Championship, reader contends

I don’t disagree with the readers that Sophia Popov and A Lim Kim deserve to be in the LPGA’s year-end CME Group Tour Championship more so than Sarah Kemp or Natalie Gulbis, but don’t blame the LPGA (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Dec. 17).

These are “sponsor exemptions.” When the sponsoring CME Group ponies up $3 million to sponsor this event, it deserves to be able to pick whomever it wants. 

The LPGA actually deserves some credit for being able to limit the number of exemptions to two. For $3 million, I would have expected more.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

Another self-inflicted wound for LPGA
Someone please ask the LPGA to take the safety strap off as it continues to shoot itself in the foot (“LPGA shuts out 2 major winners from Tour Championship,” Dec. 16).

The U.S. Women's Open winner, A Lim Kim, and the Women's British Open champion, Sophia Popov, were not invited to compete in this week's CME Group Tour Championship. Instead, two players who have no business even being in town, Sarah Kemp and Natalie Gulbis, were invited. How these two invites even have the nerve to tee it up is shocking to me. 

I guess the U.S. Women's Open and Women's British Open champions don't have as much cachet as they once did.

The LPGA tells us this is not its doing, so lay off us. Please. My wife and I love watching the women play. But for me, the respect I have for the LPGA was lost with the atrocious ruling given Lexi Thompson at the 2017 ANA Inspiration. And now this.

Maybe it's time someone else took control over women's professional golf. It is apparent that the LPGA has no control over its own product. 

Kenny Drake
Albany, Ore.

It’s the rule
After reading all of the opinions about the two women’s major champions not being eligible for the LPGA’s season finale, I find that it’s in the tour’s bylaws, written by the women who play on the tour (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Dec. 17).

So, where was the blowback for the players who didn’t qualify and are members?

Rules are in place for all, and the players know them. Sorry, but this is not the “everyone gets a trophy” bunch. Be a full member like the others, and guess what? They get to play.

I’m growing a little weary of the people who wish to circumvent all rules to satisfy one or two but the heck with the rest.

Garen Eggleston
The Villages, Fla.

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