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Putting Woods’ victory in perspective
With mixed emotions, I have read all of the emails from readers about Tiger Woods and his latest comeback, U.S. captain Jim Furyk’s picks for the Ryder Cup and all of the divisive comments about each.

For all of the naysayers, Woods may or may not be back (“Woods proves he’s still got it,” Sept. 24), and if he is, who knows for how long? In the spirit of sportsmanship and what is good for our game:

Tiger is over the hill – check.

Furyk is an idiot. He never should have picked Woods for the Ryder Cup – check.

Tiger is a has-been – check.

No one goes to Atlanta actually to watch the FedEx Cup and the Tour Championship – check.

The people in Atlanta will not support the Tour Championship – check.

Tiger can’t close the deal – check.

Why does TV always show Tiger? He can’t beat these young guys – check.

Well, you get the idea. We all have our favorites to watch and pull for, but no one since Arnold Palmer moves the needle like Tiger Woods, period.

If you are a Tiger hater, there is no consoling you, I guess, but for all of us who love and support the game, we are ecstatic. Love him or hate him, but he is good for the game and seems to have converted even Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee, which is no small task. I like Chamblee, but for some reason he got on the wrong side of right on this one, but I am happy to hear him sing Woods’ praises and even picked him to win in the past month. Woods may lose every match in Paris, but make no mistake: he has earned his spot on this team.

I have had the good fortune to play in a lot of PGA Tour events back in the dark ages of the mid-1970s and early ’80s, and I have seen first-hand the best players in the world. What Woods has done in the past few months ranks in the top five of all of the golf comebacks that I remember or have read about. Hopefully, he proved to himself that he hits it far enough to play the game well from the fairway, as he is one of the best iron players and putters who ever lived. From the fairway, he will continue to win as long as he is healthy, but Father Time is undefeated, so Woods needs to make hay while the sun shines. He might be a one-hit wonder, but somehow I don’t think so and certainly hope not.

If you are still mad and won’t watch Tiger Woods or the Ryder Cup, I understand. That certainly is your choice, but I hope you still enjoy the game for many years to come. And while you are pulling for whoever your favorite player is, don’t forget to support junior golf so others can have a chance to learn the game and the sportsmanship that goes with it. It lasts a lifetime.

By the way, I was hoping that Woods would win by 10.

Mike Nixon
Nashville, Tenn.
(Nixon is the director of operations for the Tennessee Golf Trail.)

Appreciate Woods for his comeback
To all of you Tiger-haters and -minimizers out there: How are you feeling now? It’s not enough that he contended in several tournaments, or climbed back into the top 30. Now he’s beaten 29 of the best golfers in the world and notched career victory No. 80.

Only those of us who have undergone physical rehab even once can truly understand what he means when he says this has been one of his best seasons.

This is the greatest comeback since Ben Hogan’s.

Please give the man his due.

Vic Strasburger
Bennington, Vt.

Woods and his ‘second coming’
I have been to East Lake when there was room to roam. That was not the case last weekend. Amazing.

The Tiger Woods effect the first time was amazing, not so much in the overall addition of new golfers but in the TV ratings. I think this Tiger will have a more dramatic and long-lasting effect on golf.

Americans love a comeback, and we love the underdog, which Woods has been for some time. I judge things sometimes in sports by my wife, and she was rooting so hard for him. She said it’s because he seems more likable, more like a regular person instead of a spoiled brat.

Woods is more like a regular guy now – someone who has been through tough times and knows his place in the world better now. The fans in Atlanta were an accepting example of just that: Woods is now easy to root for.

His second coming will be more appealing and have a more powerful effect than the original.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

On Morning Read’s menu: Big serving of crow
I was hoping that Alex Miceli had a sliver of decency and would be man enough to step up and tell everyone what an idiot and coward he was for piling on Tiger Woods the way he did for years.

It’s easy to assume or predict failure for people trying to challenge history because you will be right more often than not.

I’m proud for Woods, and watching Sunday’s final round of the Tour Championship truly was magical. This is the first time I’ve ever thought about the Masters in September.

Alex, get your knife and fork out and eat a little crow.

Todd Fox
Marble Falls, Texas

Any fallout from Mickelson’s lost week?
Lost in the statistics of last weekend’s Tour Championship is the fact that Phil Mickelson finished dead last, with a four-round total of 13 over. His share of the purse: $144,000.

Mickelson was 24 strokes behind the winner, Tiger Woods.

That’s quite an amount of money for a week of poor performance.

Is Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk reconsidering his choices? Is the network that will televise the match between Tiger Woods and Mickelson going to pull the plug on this charade of a competition?

Ken Chojnacki
Delran, N.J.

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