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Predictable pattern

Regarding Mike Purkey’s article (“Would PGA Tour’s bet be worth gamble?” April 17): Will we ever learn?

When we legalize behavior that people enthusiastically engage in, whether legal or not, it starts the process of removing the corruption inherent in the illegal behavior, not enhancing it.

Alcohol, marijuana, Las Vegas gambling. See a pattern?

Robin Dea
Vancouver, Wash.


A distant slight

I am not sure how many viewers noticed, but among the media’s many slights of Patrick Reed after his Masters triumph was one that took place during the Butler Cabin ceremony (“Fearless Reed wins Masters showdown,” April 9).

After Reed donned the green jacket with assistance from a gracious Sergio Garcia, CBS showed the requisite highlights from Reed’s final round. However, at the conclusion of that highlight package, the network failed, as is custom, to show a close-up of the smiling champion.

Shame on CBS, or some stiff in a green coat, as I am quite sure this slight was not unintentional.  

Jim Welch


Golf’s global tour

While in agreement with the author's assessment of the RBC Heritage (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 17), the implied condescension of the LPGA – “this will make the women's (aka Asian) tour look inviting” – warrants comment.

It already is very inviting to watch, and one of its many attractions is the fact that it is a more global tour than any of the men's tours, with a truly entertaining cast of characters who also happen to be great shotmakers.

The current LPGA season of eight tournaments to date has produced winners from the U.S. (Brittany Lincicome, Jessica Korda and Michelle Wie), South Korea (Jin Young Ko, Inbee Park and Eun-Hee Ji), Sweden (Pernilla Lindberg, whose eight-hole playoff victory against Park at the ANA Inspiration was one of the most entertaining golf events of the year) and Canada (Brooke Henderson, who averaged nearly 290 yards off the tee while winning last week at age 20 for her sixth victory).

Regarding it being called an “Asian” tour, the most recent tournament in Hawaii included 41 Asian players, compared with 59 from the U.S. and more than 40 from other countries. With a couple of upcoming tournaments receiving prime-time coverage on Golf Channel, hopefully more golf fans will view the LPGA for what it really is: a truly global tour with some amazing play every week.

Len Ratzlaff
Edmonton, Alberta


Short cut to faster play

Just a quick note to tell you how much I enjoyed reading the guest commentary from John Gaughan about the forward tees (“A forward-thinking approach to golf,” April 17).

I’ve played some courses that put another color (such as brown) on the same box as the red tees so that men can play without the stigma of playing from the “women’s tees.”

Besides all the other advantages that Gaughan mentions, it speeds up pace of play for the course that day.

Thanks for publishing the article. 

Daryl Lott


So, what about us?

I thoroughly enjoyed your article and wish more guys would get over their egos and consider that option (“A forward-thinking approach to golf,” April 17). The results would provide fewer strokes, fewer lost balls and speed up the pace of play.

It’s a great concept, especially as one reaches “senior” status. 
The problem is, where do we ladies get to tee it forward to?

Sally Davis
New York


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