Standing up against golf’s ‘haters’
“But there's always going to be people who hate you,” Brooks Koepka said in a post-PGA Championship interview.
There always have been haters, guys you may know who are always quick with the "Ah, he's not so great. I hear he [insert disparaging remarks here]” comments. Today, the Internet and social-media networks provide an opportunity for haters to spread their vitriol far and wide, and they usually are able to remain anonymous. Not many of these discerning men among men would dare to repeat their comments to Koepka, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson or any of their other targets. It can put your nose in a danger zone.
It is difficult to understand the motivation or logic of the comments that are made. They write and tweet and otherwise let the rest of us know what dweebs we are not to realize what terrible people their targets are. Of course, they don't know their targets and likely never have met them, have no friends of friends or inside source. They've just picked a well-known athlete, artist or other public figure to attack because … well, maybe it helps them feel superior. Who knows why?
At Morning Read, at least correspondents must provide a name and address, but there still is a lot of shade being thrown on golfers whom the writers really know nothing about. The best example, of course, is Woods. There have been numerous letters basically calling for him to hang it up because he no longer is competitive and is taking up spots from younger, upcoming golfers. And don't get them started on his, or Mickelson’s or others’ moral failings.
I'll just say this: You don't know these people at all. Feel free to speculate about choking when a guy stumbles badly on the back nine or whether Jordan Spieth will overcome his putting woes, but please don't be a stone caster – glass houses, you know.
Just because you don't like someone, it doesn't make him a horrible person.
If Tiger Woods is a has-been, then there were 152 has-beens behind him in St. Louis (“Red alert: Woods is back, even if he’s 2nd,” Aug. 13).
St. Paul, Minn.
What a week for Koepka
Brooks Koepka had an incredible week in winning the PGA Championship (“Koepka muscles his way into golf history,” Aug. 13).
He has been overlooked by so many, including myself. He won on a golf course with a lot of right-to-left holes, hitting a left-to-right shot off the tee.
Three major championships at age 28? Not bad for a guy who five years ago didn't have status on the PGA Tour.
Giving credit to all of the people on his team – from the beginning, when Warren Bottke gave him lessons at Abacoa Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., to Claude Harmon III to Joey Diovisalvi – shows that Koepka is a class act. And he can hit it nearly 350 in the air with a backup driver. And his putter was flat-out incredible, too.
Middleburg Heights, Ohio
(Coleman is a PGA professional.)
Celebrate PGA’s result
Did Bellerive Country Club, site of the recent PGA Championship, not give us great drama, fabulous intrigue and a warrior winner? Then exactly what was wrong with that?
After the tournament, nobody will say much about the course, just the crowds, players and excitement.
Silence while putting, please
The putt might be the only shot in golf with built-in drama. Will it go in or won’t it?
Yet most of these babbling golf announcers on TV kill the drama with talk. There should be a rule in the golf announcers’ handbook that states that there should be no talking while the putt is on its way to the hole.
Minimalists like Verne Lundquist make the best golf announcers. His great calls such as “Yes, sir!” and “In your life!” all began with silence.
Curry’s crossover appeal
Someone should explain to Charlie Jurgonis that when Stephen Curry is playing in a golf tournament, it isn’t about the golf. It’s about Steph (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 13).
I’ll concede that just about any golf wizard I can think of would clutter up a basketball court, but it might be fun to watch Brooks Koepka or Tiger Woods try make a few 3-pointers.
Woods faces new breed of competition
I agree with Alex Miceli (“Red alert: Woods is back, even if he’s 2nd,” Aug. 13). Unfortunately for Tiger Woods, though, he is no longer competing against the tight-around-the-neck players whom he intimidated in his prime.
The young guns of today don't have the constricting awe of Woods that the previous field had. Brooks Koepka is a prime example.
Woods was in the perfect position during Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship, just a few groups in front of Koepka and Adam Scott. Woods did exactly what he needed to do by shooting low and having the crowd roar so all could hear. Koepka, unlike the old guard, kept calm and golfed on.
Woods will win again, but he won't be able to rely on his fellow competitors to fold as they did in the past. The young guns will continue to fight. Winning will be harder to come by.
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