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Crime and punishment in pro golf

Reader feels snookered with realization that less-prominent players are more likely to be dinged with slow-play penalties

Does anyone else wonder why it's only the non-regular and lower-ranked players who are warned and actually penalized for slow play, and not players such as Bryson DeChambeau and J.B. Holmes on the PGA Tour? ("John Catlin draws slow-play penalty at PGA Championship," May 21).

Watching the World Snooker Championship recently, I noticed that the length of time taken for a shot varied from two seconds to two minutes, based on the difficulty, risk and options presented to the player. All completely understandable. 

To put an arbitrary time for a stroke to be taken, whether it is straightforward or really awkward, is just an opportunity for an official to feel self-important around the lesser lights on the Tour. 

Players should be assessed on their overall speed of play, then obliged to go through some remedial training if they continue to slow the field. The slowest could go off last together next week, except they might like that if they are similarly tardy getting out of bed.

Terry Wall
Winchester, England

Golf's comic books
If the green-reading books are banned, no player will have that puzzled look after a misread (“PGA misses mark with its pace-of-play move,” May 19). You know, that look which means the book was incorrect.

Pure comedy. Great articles!

Steve Lee
Santa Cruz, Calif.

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