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Don’t let golf go the way of politics

It appears that a good number of pro golfers are enabling others to abuse a game historically based on honesty and ethics (“Too many pros mock golf’s rules,” July 4).

The R&A and the USGA need to investigate the claims, review camera footage when possible and take action before lying and cheating become acceptable behavior in the great game of golf. It’s already happened in politics. Stop it from spreading further.

Bill O’Connor
Morristown, N.J.


Play 2 balls and let the official decide

Part of the problem with the rules dispute between Joel Dahmen and Sung Kang at the Quicken Loans National was the delay in play that was affecting multiple players (“In the news,” July 4).

"Playing through" is never easy, plus the pace of play for the groups behind also had to have been delayed unfairly. The ruling clearly was difficult and needed additional information ... if any was available.

When a rules dispute similar to this one has arisen in most groups in which I play, we ask the player to take both drops and finish the hole with both balls. Since the scoring was stroke play, the ruling could have been done later. I think it could have been a fair in-the-moment solution, with a final ruling made later.

More often than not, the score on both balls ends up being the same and the dispute becomes moot on the course. But a final ruling eventually should be made, especially if it involved a rules interpretation that might arise again. 

Phil Thompson
Hudson Falls, N.Y.


Heads or tails?

When a scorer and competitor disagree, all available evidence should be used. If an agreement can’t be reached, two balls should be played, as Rule 3-3 specifies. Then, after a rules committee member reviews the situation, if it can’t be determined who is correct, toss a coin. Let the fates decide.

Boyd Welsch
Gainesville, Fla.


So slow that Crane played through

There's a funny part of the Joel Dahman vs. Sung Kang issue (“In the news,” July 4).

Their disagreement caused them to wave the group behind them through. That group included Ben Crane, voted by his peers as the slowest player on Tour.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.


Golf’s path toward the future

It is fabulous to read more articles about women’s golf and opinions from women in Morning Read (“Palmer Cup evolves with eye on tradition,” July 5).

If the industry wants to grow the game of golf, look toward events with women and girls to include us in your coverage.

Lynne Morgan
Wesley Chapel, Fla.

(Morgan is the program coordinator for Girls on the Green Tee and Women of Color Golf.)


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