Why restrict 99 percent of golfers?
The reader input titled “One Game, One Ball” (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 23) brings me to you with some thoughts:
Why can’t the pros be pros and let us amateurs be amateurs? I would love to hit a ball 300 yards (again), but at 68 years old I’m not capable. I’m OK with that. But don’t change the equipment, including the ball, to control the pros when it would limit me even more than my age already does.
People are complaining that the pros are hitting the ball too far (only some may be) and thus outdistancing the course. It seems the real worry is about the tournament scores getting so low. Everybody is birdieing or eagling the par 5s, and there is at least one par 4 that is driven every week (that’s the tournament’s fault for wanting that drivable par 4), hence lower tournament scores. Because scoring is the true issue, there is an easy solution: Get rid of the drivable par 4s (e.g., make them longer again) and take the easy par 5s and turn them into a long par 4. After all, par is just a number.
I couldn’t care less whether a pro shoots 5 under or 20 under for the week. It’s all relative to his/her competitors’ scores. And I don’t care whether they are playing a par 72 or a par 70 (or even shorter or longer). The scores are still relative. Whether they use Callaway, Titleist, Ping, TaylorMade or whatever (clubs or balls), it won’t make a difference. If you make everyone play the same ball, I promise you that Dustin Johnson still will outdistance Zach Johnson on every hole.
Don’t change the equipment or the ball for the pros because that will mean the equipment and balls I use will be changed as well (e.g., restricted). The manufacturers are not going to produce two sets of equipment (for the pros and amateurs). Probably less than 1 percent or all golfers in the world are professional. Why in the world would anyone want to restrict 99 percent of the players for 1 percent of superior players?
Tax PGA Tour like other leagues
The fate of the Houston Open is in limbo but doesn't look good if it is being dumped by the course (“In the news,” April 26). If there is attrition and the number of PGA Tour events drops, does commissioner Jay Monahan take a pay cut?
I also am in agreement that the PGA Tour, like the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball, should pay a portion of its income to taxes. The Tour does provide some local charity for needy areas, but it also distributes large sums to its associates and members.
Business owners are required to pay, so why not the Tour?
Postal pests take a one-day pass
Where have all the letters gone? (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 26.)
Seems like our Morning Read editor spent Wednesday hacking around some obscure golf course in central Florida instead of checking his inbox. Maybe he just needed a day away from the opinions we promulgate with abandon.
Correspondents, step up your game. An empty Morning Read inbox is like finding an empty mailbox when waiting on my tax refund.
St. Augustine, Fla.
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