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The essence of Hogan

Your recent article regarding Tiger Woods vs. Ben Hogan is one of the best articles I have ever read in the golf or human-interest space (“Woods’ comeback pales next to Hogan’s,” April 8).

Being around the golf industry and game for the better part of 50 years, I found your article to be spot on. I take nothing away from Woods, but you cannot compare it with what happened to Hogan. To see what happened after that frightful bus crash and how he endured through pain to win again is one of the best golf stories of all time.

You captured all that was Hogan. Thank you for writing it.

Paul Vicary
The Villages, Fla.


Hogan’s miraculous recovery

Steve Elling's piece on Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods was very well done (“Woods’ comeback pales next to Hogan’s,” April 8).

In an age in which everyone wants to say the epic thing (Jim Nantz) or everything has to outdo the earlier event, it's great to bring these facts to life that Hogan was the result of a miraculous recovery. Medicine at that time was not nearly as advanced as it is today. It was a bus, not a tree in his yard.

I want to thank Elling for his candor.

Garen Eggleston
Galloway, Ohio


Shift spotlight from Woods to winners

Thank you for the great article on Tiger Woods and Ben Hogan (“Woods’ comeback pales next to Hogan’s,” April 8). It was so spot-on.

Admittedly, I was never a Woods fan, but it is nice to read the difference between the two golfers.

I was at the Valspar Championship last month at Innisbrook Resort, and so much attention was paid to Woods that it overshadowed Paul Casey, the winner.

It is time for the media to lessen the attention to Woods and cover the tournaments in a fair way.

Marsha Burner
Palm Harbor, Fla.


Let Augusta National decide its fate

I find it none of my business to discuss and make demands of gender/race issues. I believe that in the U.S., we have a right to be special (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 8).

I am not of the financial or social status to be included in a membership at Augusta National. Additionally, as long as it’s a private club, no one should tell the members what to do about their club. 

Steve Hoffman
Hickory Hills, Ill.


The Masters: Love it or leave it

It seems as if everybody commenting on this year’s Masters is upset about something or other (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 8).

Not me. Friday's rounds were exciting, and Saturday's were beyond exciting . . . leading up to Sunday.

For all of you complainers and social activists, if you don't like it, then don't watch it.

Gary Gidlow
Old Chatham, N.Y.


‘The ultimate week in golf’

Congrats to Patrick Reed for winning the Masters. He’s a guy who has overcome a lot from the time he turned pro six years ago, playing in Monday qualifiers just to get into PGA Tour events.

Would a victory have transcended golf if Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth or Rickie Fowler had won? Probably not. But Reed will be a guy who will be on the U.S. Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams for many years to come. He’s the kind of guy whom no one would have predicted to win a major championship, but ultimately with his game you will always have to consider him as a guy who will be in the hunt because of how much confidence he has in himself. 

Fowler’s time to win a major championship is coming soon. 

Spieth went out and played aggressively on Sunday. Ultimately, the tee shots on 18 on Thursday and Sunday cost him. You always have to consider Spieth a contender at Augusta National with his incredible short game. 

Jon Rahm showed again that he’s going to be a force for years to come in big events. 

McIlroy disappeared Sunday, starting with the tee shot on No. 1. If McIlroy’s ball-striking is off, he’s not the ultimate grinder who can turn a 74 into an under-par round. 

Congrats to Doug Ghim on being low amateur. Tournament directors on the PGA and tours have to be lining up to give him sponsor exemptions when he turns pro. 

It was another great week at Augusta National. With the announcement of the women’s amateur starting there next year and the continued success of the Drive, Chip and Putt event, it was the ultimate week in golf.

David Coleman
Middleburg Heights, Ohio

(Coleman is a PGA of America professional.)


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