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A sure thing for the Barnyard Open

It's sad that the lack of integrity in society has permeated down to the great game of golf (“Mickelson, USGA disgrace U.S. Open,” June 17). Who does Phil Mickelson think he is? He says he wants to be like Arnold Palmer. Palmer just rolled over in his grave.

What do you think this is, Mickelson, the Barnyard Open? This is the U.S. Open. Conduct yourself appropriately. Is this what the PGA Tour and the other ruling bodies of golf want to project – the USGA is complicit in this case – with top players having total disregard for the game and its rules?

Golf is a great game because of its rules and the respect that the players have for the game. Mickelson has had many chances to win a U.S. Open, even calling himself “such an idiot” after a blown shot in 2006.

Things haven’t changed much, apparently.

If you don’t like the setup, Mickelson, then just get in your fancy jet and go home.

What's next? Gimmes inside the leather to speed up play on Tour? 

A sad state of affairs, indeed.

Kenny Drake       
Albany, Ore.


Shame on the USGA and Mickelson

As an avid (former) fan of Phil Mickelson’s, I am embarrassed that he didn't take the high road expected of all of us in this game – not just call the two-stroke penalty on himself but disqualify himself. That would have made the statement that needed to be made to the ignorant, incompetent and increasingly irrelevant USGA.

When Mickelson failed to self-DQ, the USGA should have done his job for him after he admitted that he deliberately broke the rules.

Shame on both the USGA (for its course setup and rules failure) and Mickelson for their disrespect for our great and honorable game.

C.A. Nilsson
Jacksonville, Ore.


‘Stupid rules that make no sense’

The rules controversy regarding Phil Mickelson probably is not going away. The USGA actually makes the rules and interprets them. I am wondering whether the situation counts as an official “decision” by the USGA. Does it set precedent so that I can do the same thing?

It’s another example of an amateur such as myself thinking the USGA has stupid rules that make no sense.

Daryl Lott


Audio idiocy

I agree with Brent Rector's comments about the audio on the U.S. Open (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 20).

Between Joe Buck whining about everything to the idiotic fans yelling, I finally gave up and muted the sound, then finally gave up altogether.

I've followed golf since being introduced to the game by my husband in 1970 and am disappointed with the way some golf fans have become. They seem to think every pro is their old buddy and yell like a kid on the playground to let him know they're there.

Come on, Fox. Leave the microphones in the truck, not on the course. We're tired of hearing cars driving by, planes following the course and juvenile fans yelling "you da man" and "dilly dilly.” Become more professional with your telecast.  

Mandy Stewart
Bartlesville, Okla.


Dressing down the industry

I want to thank Glenn Monday of Dorado Golf Course for demonstrating that many courses, especially private and high-bucks public courses offering a “private-club experience,” still have a 5-iron firmly inserted into their nether regions (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 20).

This is not the heart of darkness; it's just someone in a collarless shirt. He wrote about Phil Mickelson, but he could have mentioned Rory McIlroy and others. Actually, they do have collars; they just don't fold over, and, of course, there were those past horrors when Tiger Woods was wearing those mock turtlenecks. Wonder how many courses would kick out Mickelson, McIlroy and Woods if they showed up in those shirts? What if they weren't tucked in?

Denim apparently is an offense against God and public decency.

If you're a private club or a privately owned public course, do what you want. But understand that to the majority of the golfing world, you are uptight blue noses with a well-located 5-iron. The real problem is that this type of behavior reinforces the image of golf as a bunch of rich guys in ugly pants getting in 18 before lunch with Bunny and Muffy. 

I've played a lot of rounds in jeans and a T-shirt. I'm a 70-something, high-handicap public golfer, but I also have a scratch-handicap son in the superintendent business at a private club. Both of us believe that the future of golf is at public courses and the game needs to be more welcoming to all in order for the game to grow. 

So, lighten up out there. And you, the guy in the jean cutoffs and the sleeveless Iron Maiden T-shirt: sure, you can join us. We're planning on having a fun round. 

Blaine Walker
St. Paul, Minn.


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