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It would be your loss, PGA Tour

I wonder about PGA Tour sponsorships when a city the size of Houston can’t maintain a golf tournament (“Nothing lasts forever on PGA Tour,” April 27). When your sponsorship has a price tag that a company the size of Shell can’t hold on, you might have a problem.

It’s true that Houston was dealt a severe blow last year by Hurricane Harvey. Our hometown companies and their employees are still dealing with gutted homes and places of business. Dollars that could have gone for golf sponsorship wisely have been used in other areas to alleviate real pain and suffering.

Houston is not a minor-league city. We support big-league sports here. The Rockets, Texans, Dynamo and Astros have no problems finding sponsors. We hope to have an NHL team soon, now that an owner (Rockets’ Tilman Fertitta) is legitimately studying it. I hope we get the PGA Tour back, but I can say that it’s their loss if they write off the city of Houston.

Daryl Lott


Give amateurs the freedom to choose

There appears to be widespread misunderstanding about the suggestion that professional tournaments issue the same ball to all competitors.

Apart from professional tournaments, such as PGA Tour events in which players are competing for prize money, amateur golfers should be allowed to play with any regulation ball or brand. A professional tournament should be free to choose any brand of regulation ball for its tournament.

I would envision the various ball manufacturers vigorously competing for the privilege of having its ball chosen for each professional tournament. Sure, putters and clubs are chosen to fit players' height, size or shape, but, as in most other professional sports, not the ball to be used in the competition.

Rufus McKinney
Bethesda, Md.


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