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PGA of America lacks consistency

I was confused by the position taken by the leadership of the PGA of America regarding the DUI arrest of president Paul Levy (“In the news,” June 14“PGA applies double standard in Levy case,” June 17).

The PGA of America has opted to support Levy during his difficult time of rehabilitation and allow him to remain as the face of the PGA. The PGA has shown a tremendous amount of compassion for him in the face of criticism from many, including PGA of America members.  

Where was the same support and compassion for Ted Bishop, who was impeached in 2014 as the PGA’s 38th president for an “inappropriate” tweet? Bishop's ouster was nearly immediate and played out in a very public fashion. Bishop acknowledged that he made a mistake and apologized for it on national TV and in the media. (As of this writing, I have heard very little about Levy's DUI in the media, nor a public apology for his poor judgment, and the possibility of putting his life and others’ in jeopardy.) 

It would be interesting to know what the PGA members think about the leadership's handling of Levy's DUI arrest and the decision to allow him to remain as president, and the possibility of reinstating Bishop's privileges as past president.

If Levy is allowed to remain as president and receive the benefits afforded past presidents, then it is time to reinstate Bishop as past president, with the benefits of the position. The PGA of America needs to acknowledge that in both instances mistakes in judgment were made by these individuals and put both issues behind them. 

If reinstatement for Bishop is not a consideration, then the PGA leadership should be consistent and impeach Levy as president as a result of his DUI arrest. 

Greg Fisher
Franklin, Ind.


Give Koepka his due

Can we not move on from the outpouring of criticism of Phil Mickelson and the USGA? (“Mickelson, USGA disgrace U.S. Open,” June 17). Both made mistakes that contributed to the most disappointing U.S. Open since Chambers Bay in 2015.

Mickelson may or may not ever live this down, and the USGA certainly will struggle periodically with rules decisions, revisions and course setups.

The story with the 2018 U.S. Open should have been Brooks Koepka winning his second consecutive Open. Why not an article comparing this achievement with the other professionals who have accomplished the same feat?

Jeff Gault
Mequon, Wis.

Editor’s note: Morning Read published this story about the possibility of a repeat winner before the U.S. Open (“Strange knows test that Koepka faces to repeat,” June 11) and this one about Koepka’s second consecutive U.S. Open victory (“In a Strange way, Koepka shares Open lore,” June 18.)


‘A rush to be offended’

I think you golf-writer guys are way overreacting to this, and I don’t even like Phil Mickelson.

In today’s society, there is a rush to be offended, and the reaction to Mickelson’s actions falls right in there. Were his actions right? No, but who really cares? Get a grip and move on.

George W. Vincent


Inspiring victory nonetheless

It is a real disappointment that the Koepka story was overshadowed by the ineptitude of the USGA (“In a Strange way, Koepka shares Open lore,” June 18). The fact that Koepka had that serious wrist injury and was even able to compete, let alone win, is very inspiring.

Don Polus
Toluca Lake, Calif.


It’s how Mickelson operates

Some readers want to isolate Phil Mickelson’s behavior in the recent U.S. Open, but that is the wrong way to see it.

He constantly has gotten away with stuff, and those of us who know that understand that his childish actions are a direct result of non-punishment. From former PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem over the Dean Foods stock tip to Mickelson’s admonishment of U.S. captain Tom Watson after the 2014 Ryder Cup, it is cumulative. They have not done their homework.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.


Diminished legacy

It was his response that made the action by Phil Mickelson so indefensible. That should have made the USGA's decision to DQ so easy.

Being too smart by half will diminish Mickelson's legacy.

Gary Cohen
Great Neck, N.Y.


A pro’s pro for Mickelson to emulate

I find it interesting that while the debate rages as to whether Phil Mickelson should or should not have been DQ’d at the U.S. Open, the game lost one of its greats.

Peter Thomson was one of the game’s great gentlemen and “champion golfer of the year” five times, mentor of Aussie golf and inspiration to many of today’s modern players. How ironic that this giant of the game should die as the U.S. Open debate staggers on (“In the news,” June 21).

I, for one, think this iconic gentleman of our game’s past is the role model for today’s game. Maybe Mickelson should reflect on how Thomson and others conducted themselves, no matter how frustrated.

Part of being a champion golfer is behaving like one. Mickelson made an error of judgment for which he will be remembered, but it’s time to move on now and look forward to the British Open in July.

Meanwhile, we should take a minute to reflect on Peter Thomson’s life and career and those who have gone before and thank them for passing the torch into the modern game, a game which at its very core relies on integrity.  

Kevin Seymour 
Darnestown, Md.

Mickelson might pull back a bit

Phil Mickelson was wrong, but I think he was just frustrated. His chance for the career Grand Slam was gone, probably forever. So was the USGA for not DQ’ing him.

Then there are the Monday morning quarterbacks. Under the pressure of the U.S. Open, how many of them would have thought of using an unplayable lie?

I wonder how much golf Mickelson will play now. One of the articles said he was a lock for the Ryder Cup (“U.S. Ryder Cup pairing begins to add up,” June 20). I wonder.

Bob Jones
Idaho Falls, Idaho


Cheers from the gallery

I am a big fan of Morning Read and the columns. It provides a great forum for readers to offer comments and opinions via “From the Morning Read inbox.”

The letter writers offer up opinions of right/wrong, black/white, sympathetic/unsympathetic on the issues. And occasionally an apathetic comment.

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It is always interesting to see the topic du jour comments/opinions/insights each morning. Keep it going.

Dave Richner
St. Johns, Fla.


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