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A little bias is no big deal

It is awesome that Patrick Reed won his first major championship. He played better than everyone else, so he deserved to win (“Fearless Reed wins Masters showdown,” April 9).

CBS did a great job on Sunday. It is very natural to have a little bias for one player or another, so if an announcer seemed to be rooting for Rory McIlroy or Jordan Spieth or Rickie Fowler, so what?

I love watching great golf, and what I saw on Sunday was spectacular. The amount of pressure that Reed and McIlroy experienced demonstrated just how hard it is to win a major championship, and the comeback by Spieth was one for the ages.

Fowler is close, but he needs to relax a lot sooner than the back nine. He is so ready but just needs to believe it. 

Mel Howsmon 
Vancouver, Wash.


Augusta National falls short

The par 5s at Augusta National Golf Club are outdated with today's equipment and ball. Players hitting irons into par 5s have made a mockery of these par 5s, and on the PGA Tour in general. Nos. 13 and 15 at Augusta National should be par 4s.

The Masters is turning into a scoring tourney like the other regular tour events.

A true championship should be played on a difficult golf course, with the winning score being at par or a few strokes under. The under-par rounds they are putting up have made the golf course outdated. On top of that, the tees were up on each hole. The tournament committee appears to have fallen in with other majors and tour events, deciding that scoring is exciting, so bomb away and hit irons into par 5s.

The greens were slower and receptive, and it appears that they didn't use the underground system to dry the greens.

Each year, more and more golfers are under par. That shouldn't happen in a major. Funneling the ball to the pin placement is a gift, and No. 12 with no wind is not a factor at all. No rough is another gift, plus the roll on rock-hard fairways.

Where is the challenge to win a major when setups are so easy and holes are the same length year after year when equipment has changed the game completely? Dreaded Nos. 10 and 11 no longer emit a fear factor. Among the leaders, I didn't see anyone go into the water on 11.

I enjoyed watching, but if scoring is all they want, just let them play from senior tees and you'll have scores in the 50s every week. That is where it's headed anyway. Better athletes, balls and clubs are making these courses into a joke.

Another five years of this and you'll see 20-plus under par winning majors and the cut at par or under.

Gregory Tatoian
Port St. Lucie, Fla.


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