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Golf Channel misses key point about Na vs. D.J.

Na didn’t seek to claim hole when Johnson picked up short putt but instead wanted to exercise his right to concede stroke, reader says

When Kevin Na confronted Dustin Johnson on the 11th green Friday at the WGC Match Play about conceding putts, even I knew what was going on just watching the broadcast.

Commentator Nick Faldo and the rest of the Golf Channel team really never picked up that Na was being a sportsman and didn’t claim the hole. He just wanted the opportunity to give or not give the remaining stroke from his competitor.

Pay attention and get the facts correct!

I love the commentary that Jim Mackay brings to the broadcast, but I don’t like the way the caddie has become the story. The player makes the decision and strikes the shot. Why are we all of a sudden making the caddie the focus of the telecast?

I do believe that certain players would be much better if they took more ownership of their games. I don’t recall Michael Greller winning any tournaments, so why does Jordan Spieth ask him for advice as to what shot to play?

Get on with it! You’re Jordan Spieth!

Doug Baker
Austin, Texas

Don’t put up with opponent’s quick reach
I just saw a bit about the Dustin Johnson-Kevin Na kerfuffle at the WGC Match Play regarding the rules of a conceded putt. While it seems to me to be hard to imagine having rules that defend one from an opponent who is an ass, it is just as clear that we have no defense against asses being in charge of the rules.

Instead of resolving any questions, it appears as if the PGA Tour rules official saw fit to extend the rulebook even further into players' business. Had Na conceded the putt after the fact, both should have been disqualified.

I read Rule 3.2 “Match Play” when the question came up at the 2015 Solheim Cup between Alison Lee and Suzann Pettersen and read it again for this incident. If anyone ever merits “unreasonable” belief in the putt having been conceded, why play with that competitor?

In every other case, a lifted putt that has not been conceded should be replaced and putted out. No penalty. If your opponent is scraping up everything in hopes of getting away with something, make him put it back down every time. Then, never play with him again.

The one thing the game doesn't need in this case is USGA involvement.

Martin Donnelly
Elmhurst, Ill.

LPGA’s best move would be merger with PGA Tour
My letter centers on the business decision that many entities face in their business lifecycle. The LPGA is at this crossroads. We have heard from many corners, touting “what the LPGA needs to do,” what direction, what person, etc.

The LPGA should merge with the PGA Tour.

Viewed by many as a loss of autonomy, the merger would instead give the product strength in numbers, infrastructure, consistency, branding and cross-branding, media presentation and a host of other viable business reasons. Fewer calendar conflicts, which also conflict viewers, patrons, sponsors and manpower.

Purses would get much closer to parity from a unified product. Inbee Park won $270,000 at the Kia Classic on Sunday; Joel Dahmen won $540,000 for his opposite-field victory at the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana event, which was a fabulous story, as well.

To insist that the LPGA’s next commissioner be female, that is just as sexist as saying that it’s a man’s job ("It's time for a woman to run LPGA," March 23). The LPGA would eliminate half of the gene pool in a search.

This weekend, with the ANA Inspiration, is a great one for women’s golf. I'll be taping the LPGA and PGA Tour events.

Dave Curley
Sacramento, Calif.

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