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LPGA Match Play deserves better fate

TV drama and ‘spectacular’ Shadow Creek help event sparkle, but tournament gets squeezed on schedule, reader contends

The LPGA’S Bank of Hope Match Play tournament was good TV, exciting to watch, and the Shadow Creek venue in Las Vegas was spectacular (“Ally Ewing creates memorable 1st wedding anniversary,” May 31).

I was disappointed that many of the top golfers were not involved, including sisters Jessica and Nelly Korda, Lexi Thompson and Lydia Ko. I can only assume it was due to the scheduling of it the week before a major, the U.S. Women’s Open.

It was a lot of golf to be played in 100-degree heat. I don't expect any of those who participated to do well this week at the U.S. Women’s Open, unless they went home early.

Congratulations to Ally Ewing for winning it all, and Sophia Popov for making the final.

I hope it will be a yearly event, but the LPGA needs to schedule it more appropriately, when it might be cooler. Think of the caddies who have to lug the bags, as well, and more of the top 64 will chose to play in it.

Also, I don't think it was given near the same amount of TV time as the men's Match Play is given. We've got American and foreign golfers playing in it. I'd rather watch this than some European Tour event.

Tom Splayt
Tinley Park, Ill.

A salute to PGA Tour for acknowledging American heroes
I’ve used this forum on a few occasions to criticize things I’ve seen happen on the PGA Tour, but today I am here to applaud the decision Sunday to halt play for everyone at the Charles Schwab Challenge to stop and remember our fallen heroes.

The flyover at Colonial Country Club was both awesome and moving.

Bravo, PGA Tour. Job well done.

Frank Blauch
Lebanon, Pa.

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