Reader salutes Peter Kaufman for article on Chi Chi Rodriguez, who reminds golfers that game should be played for fun
Thank you, Peter Kaufman, for your article on Chi Chi Rodriguez (“Catching up with Chi Chi,” March 19).
I’ve played the game and been in the business for a long time, and been fortunate to have watched good golf and good golfers close up. I had the pleasure of meeting Rodriguez at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando a couple of years ago. He was very open and receptive, graciously allowing me to get a photograph with him. My wife was especially enamored when I shared the event with her, as she has been a fan of his ever since watching him at Medinah years ago.
Personalities matter in sports figures, and Chi Chi Rodriguez ranks right up there with Lee Trevino, Fuzzy Zoeller, Peter Jacobsen, John Daly and others who remind all of us that the people who play the game for a living are no different than we who play for fun.
It was very entertaining to read about Rodriguez’s experiences, and his ongoing commitment to youth and the game. Kaufman’s relationship with him, and the article in whole, played up his personality grandly. Where sometimes a sports figure’s personality prompts a writer to posture degrading opinions, Kaufman’s was a delight to read.
(Perry owns Andac Golf Sales Corp., which represents Golf Core scorecards.)
A few additions to Van Sickle’s midyear grades
Gary Van Sickle was on point with his analysis, but he left out a couple of notables (“OK, class, it’s time for PGA Tour’s midyear report,” March 22).
1. When will Sungjae Im find a home in the U.S.? He plays seemingly every week, and very well every week … Grade A.
2. Van Sickle praised Justin Thomas, but I want to embellish it. With 14 victories on the PGA Tour, including a PGA and a Players, he is Freddie Couples minus one win … at age 27. Put your mind around that one.
3. I love Vijay Singh. Can he compete once more on the regular tour? Just once, Veej? Please, for someone who believes you are the single most improbable No. 1 golfer who ever walked the earth. To come from Fiji and become No. 1 is the most amazing golf accomplishment of all time.
Boca Raton, Fla.
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