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The Barry Burn vs. Mookie Wilson
Jeff Babineau’s comparison of Jean Van de Velde to Bill Buckner​ is spot on (“Jean Van de Velde rises above Buckner moment,” July 20).

As a hard-bitten Red Sox fan, Babineau knows of what he speaks (and writes). ​​

Bill Higgins
Centerville, Mass.

It’s ‘the nature of our game’
As Molly Griswold (Rene Russo) told Roy McAvoy (Kevin Costner) in “Tin Cup”: “Years from now nobody is going to remember who won or who lost this tournament, but they are going to remember your 12!"

How true. It just goes to show that we golfers are sadists. No matter how good it is, we almost always focus on the negatives and the ones that got away. Ever hear of anybody who has shot a fantastic round of golf not lament about the missed putt or poor tee shot that could have made the round better?

Ah, the nature of our game. I, for one, applaud Jean Van de Velde for handling the situation with as much grace and class as he has (“Jean Van de Velde rises above Buckner moment,” July 20). And as in “Tin Cup,” you guys are still talking about it almost 20 years later.

John Cregan
Alexandria, Va.
(Cregan is a member of the PGA of America.)

You missed this one, Hawkins
Really, John Hawkins? (“Only Faldo can eclipse NBC’s sunny day,” July 20). When Mike Tirico asked Nick Faldo for his thoughts, do you really believe that “6 under” was the answer we wanted to hear? Any fool, including me, could have given that “answer” ... and been wrong.

Nick Faldo is paid for his words, as are you. He brings a lot to any broadcast, as do you to Morning Read, but you missed something this time. 

Bruce Wyrwitzke 
Astoria, Ore.

There’s only one way to play
It is astonishing that a Florida State rules official would posture that “we pick and choose” which rules to play by (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 20).

Along with other questionable assertions that reader Jim Kavanagh makes, one would wonder what kind of event he would sanction. Or perhaps more to the point, how would he rule regarding the various infractions which invariably occur in informal as well as official competitions?

The observance of a stipulated set of rules is the heart and soul of the game and has provided the framework for a lasting and meaningful basis of play.

There is a huge difference between those who play at the game and those who play the game. The latter are privileged to call themselves golfers.

Lary Larson
Dagsboro, Del.

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