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Backstopping sets wrong tone for golf

A while ago, my wife and I were watching a tournament on TV, as we do every week, and someone did not mark his ball on the green while the other golfer played. I immediately wondered what was going on. It happened again, and I wondered whether these new young bucks were getting together to help one another out.

Now it has a name – backstopping – and probably its own Twitter handle. In my opinion, it’s cheating.

We have a major champion, Jimmy Walker, admitting that not only does it occur on the PGA Tour, but it depends upon with whom he is playing as to whether he does it or not.

That is more than cheating.

Golf Channel’s Charlie Rymer contends that it’s fine. He also thinks that loud music is great on the course, as well, and if you don't like it, then go home.

That's what I did. I haven't played in months.

Golf is a great game because of what it was, not what it is becoming. If you want to cheat, do it on your own time. If you want to listen to music, put on headphones or go sit in your car or go home.

Kenny Drake
Albany, Ore.


More than a coincidence

I look at a golf course and see what the pros shoot to determine its adequacy. The Stockton Seaview Hotel’s Bay Course, site of the recent ShopRite LPGA Classic, gave up two 61s. One might be that caught-lightning-in-a-bottle score. However, two is not coincidence (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 11).

At 6,200 yards, that's too short for the women’s skills. You know a lot more about all the courses they play, but I see too many really low scores throughout the year. In 2014 at the Evian Championship, a so-called major, eventual winner Hyo-Joo Kim shot 10-under 61 in the first round.

Do you think there will be a 10 under this week in the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills?

Michael Merrill
McKinney, Texas


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