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And now, the Oscar for worst decision by a golf tour …

PGA Tour’s Player Impact Program fails to heed advice of late Bob Hope, who reminded his Hollywood colleagues, ‘It’s show business’

Smart thoughts by Alex Miceli about the PGA Tour’s Player Impact Program (“In its bid to move needle, PGA Tour might get pricked,” April 30).

Miceli’s story somehow reminded me of the disastrous decisions of the Academy of Motion Pictures and the recent Oscars broadcast. Regina King talking race relations at the top of the show where Bob Hope, Johnny Carson and Billy Crystal once told jokes. The broadcast even showed scant few movie clips.

The late Hope once reminded people, “The Oscars were created to promote the movie business and get people to go to theaters. It's entertainment. It's show business.”  

The PGA Tour needs to realize its business is entertainment, too.

Michael Zebrick
Martinsville, N.J.

‘Clueless at the apex of power’
Well-written story by Dan O’Neill (“PGA Tour’s latest move creates a bad look,” April 28).

It’s plain greed and disconnectedness in full display. Clueless at the apex of power. 

Dan Gould
Fresh Meadows, N.Y.

Hold the syrup, please, with that uninformative rah-rah talk
So great to read Mike Purkey’s informative and right-on article about the increasingly sad direction that is being taken in televised golf commentary (“TV networks’ lovefest with PGA Tour cheats viewers,” April 22).

The constant syrupy-sweet, uninformative, rah-rah talk that now makes up 90 percent of golf commentary is not what golf fans want or need, and in spite of what the PGA Tour might think, it does nothing to raise viewer interest or ratings.

David Feherty should be in the booth, wherein some clever, insightful, and entertaining conversation finally could be enjoyed on a regular basis. A greater presence of talents such as Dottie Pepper and Judy Rankin (who now seems to be exclusively attached to the LPGA, which has some similar sweeter-than-molasses issues) as men’s golf analysts certainly would be appreciated.

I would hesitate to be too critical of Nick Faldo and Paul Azinger, who still are willing to provide some negative criticism and actual information, as opposed to boot-lickers such as Ian Baker-Finch, Curt Byrum and their unnecessary ilk.

I was about to ask, Where are Peter Alliss and Henry Longhurst when you need them? but the late commentators probably could not even get a job, nor would they be interested in taking one, in today’s climate.

Chris Mason
Clayton, Calif.

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