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OK, enough already on Mickelson …

I have read with great patience the Mickelson bashing that has gone on in the Morning Read inbox, and other places, since the “incident” at the U.S. Open (“Mickelson, USGA disgrace U.S. Open,” June 17).

Mickelson surely had a lapse of judgment, and what he did was cloddish. Was it more than that? Disrespectful of the game? Warrant our collective ire and merit disqualification, then and maybe for a subsequent tournament or two? Many say “yes” to all of those questions.

It is easy to fault Mickelson for doing something that all of us have seen, and probably done, in a given round. Should he have done it at a major championship? 

No, but let’s let the self-righteousness go, and move on. Treat it for what it was: an everyman-like reaction to ultimate frustration on the links.

Ted Comstock
Lancaster, N.H.


… but first, one more jab

Hereafter, a 5 on a golf scorecard should be called a “half Mickelson.” A 9 should be called a “near Mickelson.” And a 10 should be called a “full Mickelson.”

Mickelson gets the constant recognition that pros want as well as the ignominy that he deserves.

Mark Wersal
Robbinsdale, Minn.


Find something worth protesting

Golf purists need to get a grip on reality.

Golf is a game. It’s not going to lead to a cure for cancer or world peace. It’s a frustrating game. Phil Mickelson got frustrated and had a human reaction, which made him seem more like the majority of everyday golfers out there. He took his penalty. End of story. 

When my buddies and I teed it up Monday morning, the game of golf had not changed. 

If you want to protest, find a life-changing topic and go for it. 

Dennis Dalton 
Collinsville, Ill.


Give Mickelson a break

When the readers talk about the integrity of The Game, they're talking about only a relatively small percentage of people who play.

The Game includes everyone from PGA Tour professionals to the everyday, high-handicap, public-course player. Do we really think everyone plays by the rules? That they don't move it off of rocks or tree roots? That they count every shot and, worse yet, post correct scores? Where is the integrity of the game when people shoot net 60 or 62 to win a club tournament? I just had a career round, and it's a coincidence that it happened in a tournament.

The definition of "integrity" makes no mention of following rules; it's doing what's morally and ethically correct. Because there's no distinction between rules and integrity, what Phil Mickelson did was well within the rules. He broke a rule and took his penalty. That was his right. 

Should he have DQ'ed himself because he took advantage of the rules? Should President Donald Trump step aside because he lost the popular vote but won by the Electoral College rules? Sometimes rules have unintended consequences.

Based upon his apology (“In the news,” June 21), Mickelson lost it for an instant. I would guess that most of us who have played golf at a competitive level for a number of years have had moments when we lost it, too, especially when we’re out of contention. It's just that he was on center stage.

Mickelson has been the most fan- and media-friendly star on the PGA Tour for a long time. Cut him a break.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, VA. 


Spieth’s problem: Paralysis by analysis

I am a Jordan Spieth fan and think I’ve noticed something about his game this year that is different from the past two (“Spieth seeks answers amid struggles,” June 21).

I believe he is taking a noticeably longer amount of time after taking his stance and pulling the trigger, on full shots and putts. If that is happening, one has to wonder if that is too much analysis – paralysis by analysis.

Remember how good your rounds were after 5 p.m. on a spring day when you just hit the ball, found it and hit it again, and didn’t think about the swing?

Dallas Clark
Greenville, N.C.


The essence of Hubie

What an excellent piece (“Hubert Green, 71, met pressure with grit,” June 21). Jeff Babineau really captured the essence of the man.

Thank you for giving readers insights into such a unique character.

Kevin Humphreys
Madison, Miss.


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