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We should be better than this
Peter S. Kaufman presented a brilliant business approach that every golfing CEO can see (“Business-like plan could regain Ryder Cup,” Oct. 9). This needs to be widely distributed for general golfing consumption and appreciation.

We cannot be characterized worldwide as unable to win the Ryder Cup. Change the plan and the man.

Kudos to Morning Read.

Dan Schmidt
Columbus, Ohio

Here’s the simple solution: Just play better
Whew! Just read this long-winded “analysis” of our Ryder Cup woes (“Business-like plan could regain Ryder Cup,” Oct. 9). This guy sounds like a Democrat who believes that more government is the solution to all of our problems.

As a business executive myself, I have listened to a good number of these consultants spin their tales of how to solve all the problems of our business. When you boil it all down, it results in a solution as simple as, (in my opinion) there is only one major fix for the American teams. Ready for this? They each have to play better than the Europeans!

Gary Radford
Fayetteville, N.Y.

Burned bridges extend from Paris to Mechanicsburg
Interesting take on the Ryder Cup from Peter Kaufman (“Business-like plan could regain Ryder Cup,” Oct. 9).

Generally, I agree, but there still must be a merit system on making the team. I think the current eight-plus-four is a good method. We just need a better system to get the best eight, and we need wiser choices for the plus-fours.

I’m done with Phil Mickelson, after his U.S. Open/Ryder Cup actions and comments. No longer a fan.

We all thought that Tiger Woods was back, that he has changed. He may be back on the radar, and his personality may have changed, but he still is not wired for the Ryder Cup.

No to Patrick Reed. I’ve tried to give that guy the benefit of the doubt and like him, but he keeps doing and saying things that make it hard to be a fan of his. Like Mickelson, I’m done with Reed, too. He’s a cancer in any team room.

Yes to Paul Azinger. Sign him up today. I didn’t like Jim Furyk when he was named as the captain, and nothing that he did in France changed that feeling.

Yes to analytics as they relate to the venue. It can’t hurt.

There are two years until next time. Let’s hope the PGA of America can get it right.

Gregg Cook
Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Straight golf shot translates in any language
There's been so much written and said about the U.S. Ryder Cup team’s lack of familiarity with the Le Golf National course. Most of those comments revolve around the supposed need for our team to play the golf course multiple times, prior to the competition. I'm not so sure. How about just visiting your local driving range and trying to hit the ball straight?

From what I saw, the fairway grass over there was green, same as ours. We just couldn't seem to find it very often.

Learning to hit the ball straight is as much of a skill as shaping right-to-left draws and power fades. World-class players should be able to adjust.

David Vranesich
Oxford, Mich.

Mickelson should have declined Ryder Cup pick
If Phil Mickelson thinks that playing narrow fairways and high rough such as the conditions found at Le Golf National in France is a waste of his time, why did he accept the Ryder Cup invitation? It was selfish on his part.

If U.S. captain Jim Furyk wanted Mickelson in the team room for levity, then make him a vice captain.

Mickelson should decline all future U.S. Opens for the same reason and allow another player who doesn’t think he would be wasting his time a chance to win.

Quite frankly, listening to and watching Mickelson is becoming a waste of the fans’ time.

Joe Hughes
Gambrills, Md.

Nip and tuck to offset bomb and gouge
John Fischer's opinion on Ted Ray and the bomb-and-gouge philosophy is a little too narrow, although right on track (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 8).

There were many pros and amateurs throughout the past century capable of prodigious drives. Read Francis Ouimet's book and you will discover that he, too, could knock it more than 300 yards, along with Jerome Travers, Chick Evans, Bobby Jones and others. If you have watched the Bobby Jones videos, there is visual proof of his length off the tee and with a fairway wood as evidenced by his knocking it stiff on that par 5 in two, albeit from the fairway. Ouimet never outright states so and so hit a 300-yard drive, but he does talk about reaching certain holes in two or using a short iron for an approach shot on lengthy par 4s or a mid-iron on a par 5.

Jack Nicklaus knocked the ball 300-plus yards many times. Arnold Palmer reached the first green at Cherry Hills in the last round en route to winning the 1960 U.S. Open.

In the final round of the Safeway Open, eventual winner Kevin Tway struck a wind-aided tee shot reported to be 382 yards. Donald Ross must have winced many times over the years.

Narrow fairways and long rough are the only defenses against long knockers. There should be more courses set up exactly so, particularly when these guys today are playing for more than a million bucks in first-place money, but it makes for less-exciting TV.

Jim Higginbottom
Fenton, Mo.

Maybe it should be called Hall of Very Good
I read the list of potential World Golf Hall of Fame nominees for this year, and I was underwhelmed (“Dead men give lousy hall induction talks,” Oct. 9).

It’s too easy to gain induction into the WGHOF. It seems as if anyone who is above average has a shot at getting in. This should be an honor that only the great ones receive. It is diminished when just really good players are allowed in. Many are called, but very few should be allowed in.

Jerry Hudgins
Tyler, Texas

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