Par excellence from Hawkins
John Hawkins hits a grand slam with his article concerning the U.S. Open (“Azinger gives Fox shot at gaining respect,” June 13).
It is my favorite tournament, when the greatest players on the planet must endure the most extreme conditions. I can watch the pros shoot 15 or 16 under every weekend. Watching the best try and grind out rounds of par is, in my opinion, what the U.S. Open should be about.
Grow the rough, narrow the fairways, harden the greens and play on.
Forest Ranch, Calif.
An old-style U.S. Open
This is the way a U.S. Open used to play in the Nicklaus era: brutal conditions and setups (“Shinnecock wins Round 1 of U.S. Open,” June 15).
Course conditions were the same for every player, so no excuses there. There were some great rounds by players who played exceptionally in the wind. It’s nice to see tough conditions offset the ball and equipment on a rare occasion. The fairways couldn't be blamed; they were really wide.
Port St. Lucie, Fla.
A zinger for ’zinger
In addition to Robin Dea’s comment on Fox analyst Paul Azinger’s reference to LPGA players as “girls”(“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 14), it’s worth noting that he also referred to Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom as “cute and bubbly.”
I agree with Dea. Azinger is clueless.
When will it be Miller time again?
You know things are bad when golf viewers wish for Johnny Miller. Fox announcers are dismal, period.
Americans, Brits and their language barrier
I see that Jim Armstrong from Wichita can't tell what Englishman Ken Brown is saying in his on-course comments, and he assumes that no one else can (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 15).
It's a common complaint on both sides of the Atlantic these days. Any American series I watch, I think I need subtitles (“The Good Fight” and “The Americans,” for example). Are the languages growing apart, or is the diction, recording and background noise so bad that we can't pick out enough to make sense of it?
Or is my hearing going the way my short game went recently: woolly, variable and imprecise? At least I can practice that.
It seems that Andrew “Beef” Johnston and Tyrrell Hatton have made the full transition to the U.S., though. Both were shown with the Stars and Stripes against their names on the official U.S. Open leaderboard.
A tired old line
In a continuing age of media fawning about Tiger Woods, regardless of the facts, Alex Miceli aptly painted a true picture of the real state of Woods’ game (“Same old Tiger? Nope, just an old Tiger,” June 15).
Woods is old, and he looked and played it in the opening round of the U.S. Open.
And, what also is old, is the unfettered (and undeserved) adulation of its fallen hero.
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