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Admiration for the champion

I really enjoyed the article by Gary Van Sickle in Morning Read on Monday (“Fearless Reed wins Masters showdown,” April 9).

I admire virtually all of the players on the PGA Tour for what they individually bring to the sport. That said, Patrick Reed is most definitely included in that statement.

Unlike some golf fans, I'm a big fan of Patrick Reed’s. Since he first arrived on the tour, it appeared to be Reed, his wife and his brother-in-law against the world. As mentioned in the article, he does bring to mind a bit of Ben Hogan. He does it his way, and if it bothers you, well, that's OK.

He is an excellent player, intelligent, well-spoken and tough. He's going to be in the mix for quite a while, so folks had better get used to it.

Ron Yujuico
Euless, Texas


Rooting for karma vs. Reed

It was interesting to watch and read as Patrick Reed won the Masters.

The first time I read of Reed, he and his wife were driving to tournaments and trying to qualify, and she was his caddie. Then I read Shane Ryan’s book (“Slaying the Tiger: A Year Inside the Ropes on the New PGA Tour”) and I wondered who is the true Patrick Reed. I know he has a strained relationship with his parents. That said, what I can't understand is how Reed can be so ungrateful of his parents.

I have been around college golf for a few years. Reed's parents probably drove thousands of miles, walked hundreds of courses, and spent countless dollars to make him the golfer that he is today. So why force a media outlet to take down a benign interview with his parents after his first victory? Or even more incredible, ask the USGA to have them removed from the 2014 U.S. Open because they dared to watch him play? That's not someone I could even think to root for.

I just hope he isn't the last match in a tied Ryder Cup this year. But I do hope there is karma. 

Bill Tignanelli
Perry Hall, Md. 


Praise for golf’s annual resurrection

The High Holy Week in golf is over.

It started on Wednesday with a classic Par 3 Contest that will be hard to match. My favorite players in golf are Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed, so Sunday couldn’t come fast enough. The career Grand Slam is kind of hard to match, so I was putting my nickel on McIlroy. And then he missed the eagle putt on No. 2. But Rory did get a little closer. His signature is on the winning scorecard. He just needs to move it over to the other side of the card.

Reed was fantastic. Very well done, lad. Congratulations. And I’d like to see you put that jacket on McIlroy next year. 

Thank you once again to the members of Augusta National for a Masters that’s going to be hard to beat.

Ken Drake
Albany, Ore.


Overall, it’s an uncool look

Yes, the Masters is special. Patrons, not fan(atic)s; first cut, not fairway; second cut, not rough. But the caddies look like house painters in their overalls. Not a good look.

Bonnie Marsh
Hereford, Ariz.


Ditch the pompoms, CBS

I watched the whole five-hour time slot of Masters coverage on Sunday, and I was very disappointed.

As golfers, we are taught not to cheer against anyone. You can cheer for someone, but never against anyone. And when you play, you try to play your best, and if you lose, you shake your opponent’s hand and congratulate him.

CBS’ job is to cover the tournament, not to take sides. But from the opening tee shot by Rory McIlroy, CBS cheered for him. When he appeared to be beaten, they cheered for Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth. Ian Baker-Finch’s announcer’s curse on every short putt that Patrick Reed had to make got sickening after a while. But early on the back nine, it stopped. Someone must have told him to shut up. And Jim Nantz gave Reed the most unenergetic cheer when he holed the final putt that I’ve ever heard.

CBS’ coverage has gotten worse over the last 10 years. Just cover the tournament. It’s not your job to cheer for whom you want to win. It’s your job to cover the tournament, no matter who wins.

It’s a shame that a young man wins his first major championship, and the broadcasting company that’s covering it is cheering against him. That’s terrible.

It’s not the job of CBS to choose whom it wants to win.

Brian Jergenson
Green Bay, Wis.


Reed deserves credit

The announcers, especially CBS’ Jim Nantz, never gave Patrick Reed the credit that he deserved for winning the Masters.

Reed easily could have failed to convert several pars down the stretch, as so many before him had done, but he gutted it out.

Mike Bernath
Charlotte, N.C.


Hogan serves as inspiration

One of my golfing partners gave me “Miracle at Merion” to read while I was recovering from major surgery in August 2015. It was an inspirational read as I was struggling with my early recovery.

Ben Hogan was in his prime before I was born, in 1956. The book brought to life more about the man than I thought I already knew. He truly was a remarkable competitor.    

You are spot on about the ridiculousness with which many declared Tiger Woods as the Masters champion before the tournament began (“Woods’ comeback pales next to Hogan’s,” April 8). Did those guys really think that every other qualified invitee was just going to roll over?

I have always held out hope that Woods would return to competitive golf. I’m glad that he’s competing again.

James Reynolds
Ogdensburg, N.J.


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