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Greatest comeback ever? Not quite
I was surprised to hear the announcers at the recent PGA Championship state that Tiger Woods’ return to form was the greatest comeback ever.

That, of course, would belong to Ben Hogan, who returned from death's door after a bus crash in 1949 to win the U.S. Open in 1950.

I am happy to see Woods doing well and looking like he has some great golf ahead of him, but the hyperbole from some of the media is off-putting. It does a disservice to Woods and to his competition.

One must feel for Brooks Koepka, who bombed two huge drives into the fairway on the last two holes of a major championship under enormous pressure but got less credit than he deserved under Woods’ media shadow.

John Elliott
Timmins, Ontario

The resurrection of Tiger Woods
I’m pretty sure that when Tiger Woods was arrested with flattened tires and in a drugged stupor that he finally took responsibility for his life and honestly has changed as a person (“Woods blames prescription meds, not alcohol, after DUI arrest,” May 30, 2017).

Call it a “come to Jesus moment” or whatever. Woods truly is back, as far as golf is concerned. More importantly, he is back with all of us as a true sportsman, dad and genuine citizen of the world. He never was out of my heart.

Very glad to see you gave him this piece (“Red alert: Woods is back, even if he’s 2nd,” Aug. 13).

Mark P. Henderson
Spicewood, Texas
(Henderson, a PGA of America life member, is a teaching professional at Vaaler Creek Golf Club in Blanco, Texas.)

Sorry, Charlie, but you whiffed on analogy
I look forward to Charlie Jurgonis’ letters (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 15). He is a prolific correspondent who has opinions on everything. He does not always provide sufficient support, but I enjoy reading them nonetheless.

Charlie, you went too far with your off-handed comment on baseball. It is the one game in which all the action occurs between pitches. It requires some intellectual acumen to appreciate all of the variables that are considered before the ball is ever in the air. What pitch to throw, will the runner try to steal, are the fielders positioned properly, score, number of outs, ability of the hitter, who is on deck…. The possibilities that result from different situations in baseball keep it interesting and exciting.

Golf offers us the pleasure of watching Jordan Spieth select a club, Jim Furyk line up a putt, Ben Crane dawdle over every shot, Phil Mickelson walk 100 yards to check the grain before his wedge shot. Hit the ball, find the ball, hit the ball. Why does this take five hours or more? TV makes golf seem very active. Try following one group for every shot, no commercials, just some inane commentary in the background.

Jim Kavanagh
St. Augustine, Fla.

Raise rough to tame bombers
I have been saying this for years: Leave the clubs and the balls alone (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 15). Six inches of rough about 300 yards out will make any long hitter think twice about bringing out the big stick.

Doug Bailess
The Woodlands, Texas

Another vote for PGA to merge with Tour
Ted Bishop, you are right (“PGA of America should merge with Tour,” Aug. 15).

PGA of America, just do it.

The Tour would have a major championship and the Ryder Cup. The PGA of America would start to be run like the business it is. The Far Hills boys’ heads would explode, and it would be fun to watch.

Rob O’Loughlin
Madison, Wis.
(O’Loughlin is the president of Laser Link Golf.)

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