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Tiger Woods stands out as entertainer

Although I’m not a Tiger Woods fan outside of golf, his recent comeback is good for the game, and his T-55 finishes “move the needle” (only) because he earned it (“McIlroy’s candor counters Woods’ illusions,” May 9)

It’s an entertainment needle.

Charles Bolling
Glen Cove, N.Y.

(Bolling, a PGA of America member, is a former PGA Tour player who owns and operates Delivery Point Golf.)


Woods still merits the attention

Before writing off Tiger Woods, keep in mind that from 1981 to the 1986 Masters, Jack Nicklaus won only twice, and one was his own Memorial Tournament.

I'd be willing to bet that Nicklaus was part of the story line for every tournament in which he played during that stretch.

Charlie Jurgonis 
Fairfax, Va.


Past his prime

It’s about time that someone has come out and said that we've heard enough of the Tiger Woods comeback and how he "could have" or "should have" shot this or that and he's about there with his game.

We have to listen to Woods talk about how well he hit the ball but just couldn't make any putts. To hit five fairways and 10 greens isn't exactly how you hit it to be a winner on the PGA Tour. I guess that just makes him a “former winner.”

Thanks for not being a Golf Channel Tiger lover. There actually are 100 other players out there every week who are great players.

Al Badger
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.


Now and then

Tiger Woods continues to “move the needle" while at the same time is declared “irrelevant.” He is “not competitive.” As an aside, based on his performance this year, there are about 100 non-competitive golfers on TV every week. 

But I think these critics are on to something here. Why are we paying attention to this guy? OK, so he once was one of the greatest players ever; but what has he done lately? In today's fast-paced, “now” world, yesterday is ancient history and has little, if any, relevance to us today. 

I mean, what about this Jack Nicklaus guy who constantly is being asked about the state of the game and the golf ball? He hasn't won a tournament since my grandfather's time, and he hasn't even played a tournament in who knows how long. He may have even used a persimmon driver.

And Gary Player? All he does is shill for the World Golf Hall of Fame. Does he get a cut of the entry fee or something?

Oh, and always going on about the “Big Three,” as if anyone cares about that long ago. I’ll bet he wore black because the TV was only black and white back then. 

And don't get me started about Arnold Palmer.

What all these guys did was then, not now, and only now matters. So, only news about the “now” guys is relevant. 

Get with it, fans and writers, and choose to live in the now. Don't wallow in the past. It has no meaning for those of us in the know and in the now. 

Blaine Walker
St. Paul, Minn.


That’s the spirit

Many thanks to “Ghost Rider” Bruce Wyrwitzke and his crew (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 10).

I, like them, could listen to the song “Ghost Riders in the Sky” all day, especially on the golf course.

The thing that really drives the Tiger Woods watch is viewership. The ad buyers will pay much more for Woods on the screen, since they get much higher views for their bucks.

It is always about revenue first and foremost, so more watchers equals monopolized coverage for Woods.

Garen Eggleston
Galloway, Ohio


More clubs or more instruction?

Further to the discussion about the number of clubs allowed in the bag (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 10), the 14-club rule was introduced in 1938 (Rule 4-4).

Many players carried enormous numbers of clubs before this restriction. Walter Hagen played in British Opens in the 1920s and didn’t know how many clubs he had in his bag. Legend has it that at the 1925 Open at Prestwick, his caddie collapsed on the 17th hole. A spectator estimated there were more than 50 clubs in Hagen’s bag.

Personally, 14 clubs sounds fine to me. If you need more than 14, it might be that you need lessons rather than more clubs.

George Fletcher
Edinburgh, Scotland


Another view of a history lesson

Fellas, thanks for the history lesson and the swing advice regarding my desire for more clubs in the bag.

Twenty-six hickories and a guttie would be great. Regarding cutting a little 5-iron or putting a hard hook on the 7, I sure wouldn't be playing in the Saturday men's game if those shots were available to me.

Question: Did Bobby Jones ever open up his 56-degree wedge to hit a flop shot?

Jim Kavanagh
St. Augustine, Fla.


Toothless TPC Sawgrass

Pitch and putt. They are eating up TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course with low scoring. No wind means no toughness.

I love the pairing with Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson.

Blow, wind, blow, and give the course some teeth to fight back.

Gregory Tatoian
Port St. Lucie, Fla.


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