Woods deserves Ryder Cup berth
According to Mike Purkey, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk has to weigh the fact that Tiger Woods finished second at the Valspar, second at the PGA and has five top-6 finishes (“Furyk must recognize Woods’ baggage,” Aug. 16). All that in a year during which, eight months ago, Woods barely was swinging a putter, against the pack of also-rans looking to make a spot on the Ryder Cup team.
Those players looking to make the team would love to have a year like Woods’. For some, it would be a career year.
Purkey cries about Woods making the cut by a shot. I say, Make it by one or make by five, but there are no bonus points. Making the cut is making the cut. Finishing strong is the truest measure. How did he play once he made the cut? Pretty darn well, I say.
Woods deserves a spot on the Ryder Cup team as a player, and not riding in a cart handing out waters and orange slices.
Purkey, get over it and figure out who the others will be.
Applause for Woods’ artistry
I have to call a two-stroke penalty on Kenneth C. Taylor (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Aug. 15). He took exception to CBS’ coverage of Tiger Woods during the PGA, and also described Woods’ behavior as something less than stellar.
Taylor accused Woods, among other things, of not acknowledging the fans while he was headed to the scorer’s table.
Funny, but I seem to remember watching Woods waving and acknowledging the fans while crossing a bridge, going so far as to give a Mickelsonesque thumbs-up gesture. But I digress.
My real point is this: I never got to watch da Vinci paint or Shakespeare write, but I did get to watch Tiger Woods play golf. Yes, he is an artistic genius in that category. Why some people don't seem to appreciate that is beyond me. And even though I'm now on the north side of 50, I think Woods’ passion is great, and past heroes such as Arnold Palmer and Gary Player weren't afraid to show similar emotion.
Brooks Koepka was not slighted in the least by the coverage. CBS did a great job of letting the story play out, and Koepka certainly received his due. But when perhaps the greatest player ever to play the game, with a remarkable comeback story, is making waves, I was glad to witness every shot.
(Harman is the national course director for the U.S. Golf Teachers Federation.)
Time for torch to be passed in Ryder Cup
I enjoyed reading Jeff Babineau’s story today about Tony Finau and his chances of being a Ryder Cup player (“Finau birdies his way into Ryder talk,” Aug. 16).
I think that it will come down to selecting Finau or Phil Mickelson, and I am voting to choose Finau.
I am a huge Mickelson fan, but his game and behavior this year have been extremely erratic. It is time to pass the torch to the younger guy and go with Finau.
Retired club pro blasts PGA
Ted Bishop’s article regarding how the PGA of America should merge with the PGA Tour was another bold step into the face of the governance of the PGA of America (“PGA of America should merge with Tour,” Aug. 15). I do not necessarily agree with the concept, but Bishop may well be correct. I cannot imagine many people to have more experience than Bishop with the inside workings of the PGA and the PGA Tour.
I was and have remained embarrassed, disgusted and disillusioned with the PGA as to its impeachment and removal of Bishop as president in 2014. Admittedly, he might have worded his tweet about Ian Poulter poorly, especially during an extremely gender-sensitive time, but the PGA’s reaction was absurd.
Then we have the Paul Levy situation in which he was accused of driving under the influence (“In the news,” June 14). The PGA leaders said they “support” their president in his “time of need” after they had gone in the opposite direction regarding Bishop and a few poorly chosen taps to a keyboard (“PGA applies double standard in Levy case,” June 17). I was embarrassed that the PGA would have Levy make a public-service announcement during the PGA Championship.
I always have been proud and honored to be a long-standing, active member of such a great professional organization, until now. I am greatly disheartened by the PGA’s conflict of actions.
Now, I look forward to seeing how our association puts its face forward with Levy during the upcoming Ryder Cup.
St. George, Utah
(Brumfield, a retired PGA master professional, is a past president of the PGA’s Northern California Section.)
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