Too many tournaments for too few weeks should prompt PGA Tour to rethink attempt to avoid conflict with NFL, reader contends
I totally agree with Mike Purkey's position about the Honda Classic (“Honda Classic stalls in PGA Tour’s March traffic jam,” March 18). I offer another alternative: redo the schedule to pair the Honda with the Valspar, to make a mini-Florida Swing.
In any event, this problem raises another issue. The PGA Tour schedule is becoming too packed with headline events, caused by compressing the schedule to end in early September. The Tour (commissioner Jay Monahan) needs to rethink its decision of a few years ago and return to an extended schedule through early/mid-October. This would give some flexibility in scheduling to avoid a situation such as what the Honda faces.
To handcuff oneself to avoid competing with the NFL, the apparent reason for the change, is ridiculous.
Most avid golf fans will continue to watch the FedEx Cup playoffs during the early weeks of the NFL season. These are high-profile, exciting tournaments.
Give credit to Westwood’s caddie
This is in response to the comments from reader Craig Libhart about Lee Westwood using his fiancée as his caddie (“From the Morning Read inbox,” March 18).
It’s hard to believe that such blatant chauvinism is still around. Would the reader have made the same comments about Dustin Johnson using his brother, Austin, or will he have the same comment when Lee Westwood uses his son, Sam, this week at the Honda Classic?
Westwood’s own words sum it up: “At my stage of my career, there’s not a lot a caddie can tell me, but obviously Helen [Storey] gets me in a fantastic mood out there, and psychologically she can help me and say the things that I need to hear.”
And look at what he has accomplished since Storey started on his bag in 2018.
Westwood botched API and Players all on his own
Before the last round at the Players Championship, the NBC announcers noted that for the second straight week, Lee Westwood and Bryson DeChambeau would be in the last group. At the end of that round, the announcers failed to mention another similarity.
The 16th holes at Bay Hill, site of the previous week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, and TPC Sawgrass are par 5s. In both rounds, Westwood came to 16 one shot back, both times he hit his tee shot in perfect position and both times failed to make birdie.
At Bay Hill, he pulled/fatted a short iron and failed a fairly routine up-and-down. At TPC Sawgrass, he pulled a long iron and was lucky to make par. Had he converted in those two situations, he’d have been tied with two holes to go, and the outcomes could have been different.
He mis-hit two shots. You can’t blame that on his caddie.
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