Keeping Score

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Tour and gambling would be bad bet

Gambling would be bad for the PGA Tour (“Court ruling opens door to golf gambling,” May 15).

Here’s a hypothetical example: On Sunday's final round of the Players Championship, let’s say that I bet on Tony Finau to beat Daniel Berger. Finau misses two 3-foot putts and loses to Berger, 71-70.

Was Finau on the take? Did a bookie get to him? Was he threatened? Did he make money betting on Berger?

These sorts of questions will arise every week. It’s a travesty in the making.

Larry Guli
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


Preserve Tour for climbers

I noticed that a player with status on the PGA Tour played and won the Tour event last week (“Keeping score,” May 14). Stephan Jaeger failed to secure a spot in the Players Championship, so he went back to the minors. 

The news story referred to the Tour as a developmental tour. That's what I always thought so, too, but a fair number of players make a career on that tour. You can look at the results every week and read names of guys who are waiting for their 50th birthdays.

If the Tour truly is developmental, how many players are not developing because these 40-somethings are taking the spots?

There should be a limit on the number of starts a player may have on the developmental tour.

Jim Kavanagh
St. Augustine, Fla.


Clear signs regarding Woods

Well before his latest comeback, I predicted that if – if – Tiger Woods stays healthy, he not only would win more tournaments but would win multiple majors, break Sam Snead's victory record and, yes, become No. 1 in the world again.

So far, so good (“Tiger 3.0: Let the mania begin again,” May 14).

I saw enough before the Players Championship to validate my opinion, which was the reason I was very surprised that so many letter writers are saying that Woods basically never will be the Tiger of old.

What are they seeing that I'm not seeing?

I see a golfer who appears genuinely to love the game and its competition, a golfer who has incredible power, and a golfer who is contending and rapidly improving each time out. And let us not forget, all of this happened before his great weekend at the Players.

I've often been told, "Talent doesn't forget." As long as Woods’ body remains healthy, so will his game.

Mark Harman
Ridgeland, S.C.


Tiger Woods hype is real

Why the Tiger Woods hype? (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 15).

Check the facts. On the weekend at the Players Championship, only Woods and two others shot 10 under par. These were the lowest rounds for the final 36 holes, beating 68 other players. 

James Duh
Derby, Conn.


Players hype is fake

How do you feel about referring to the Players Championship as “the fifth major” when the scores were so very low?

We don’t usually see those kinds of scores at a real championship, i.e., at Oakmont.

Dallas Clark Jr.
Greenville, N.C.


A compelling human story

Sports without stories is not compelling. 

Despite his failure to date to reach his former glory, Tiger Woods remains important in today’s golf scene for the simple reason that he is a compelling human story on many levels (“McIlroy’s candor counters Woods’ illusions,” May 9).

To anyone who has struggled to master golf (i.e., everyone who has ever played), to watch one of history’s greatest deal with enormous humiliation, self-doubt and learning to revere the little triumphs that the game throws you from time to time is compelling and inspiring.

Robert Bloch
Charlotte, Vt.


May the best golfer win

Charlie Jurgonis questions the attention given to Rickie Fowler compared with Webb Simpson, stating that Simpson has one more career victory and one major to Fowler’s goose egg (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 15).

Even after his Players victory, Simpson is still two touchdowns behind Fowler in the Official World Golf Ranking, 20th to sixth.

Don’t hate Fowler for his marketing acumen.

When the Players moves back to March next year, the course naturally will play more difficult because of weather conditions leading up to and during the event. March scores will be higher.

But who cares what the scores are? Every golfer is playing the same course on the same days. The best golfer will win, whether he is 19 under or 9 under.

Gregg Cook
Mechanicsburg, Pa.


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