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Lighten up on Mickelson
I just finished reading John Hawkins’ article on Phil Mickelson (“Mickelson nears end, but does he know it?” Oct. 25). I’m shocked that someone in the game could have that type of approach when describing him. Mickelson must have really wronged Hawkins one day to spew such vitriol toward the man. There’s unbiased, harsh journalistic criticism, and then there’s Hawkins’ article.

And trust me, I am not a Mickelson fan. Never have been. That being said, as a golf nut and lifelong fan of the game, I grew to appreciate the man and his body or work over his illustrious career. Someone who doesn’t know the game as I do could read that article and get the wrong impression of what Mickelson has done in and for the game, and most importantly his fans. No PGA Tour player in the past 20 years has given so much to his fans.

Hawkins wrote: “That boom-or-bust dynamic goes a long way toward defining the career of a man known to take ridiculous risks on the course and make some robust wagers off it. Mickelson spent years flirting with the edge of competitive common sense, as if to prove that everyone who messes around at the top of a cliff isn’t destined to wind up at the bottom of it.”

What kind of description is that? Mickelson’s career, for the rest of us unbiased golf fans, sounds nothing like that. It’s strange that you are hired to print what you do. Your articles come across as very angry to me. I’m fine with criticism. I've always respected TV analyst Johnny Miller, and Mickelson has deserved his fair share. Yes, the U.S. Open was not a shining moment for Mickelson, but it’s clear what happened to him in that moment (“Mickelson, USGA disgrace U.S. Open,” June 17). Twenty-plus years of frustration bubbled up on another ridiculous USGA green and pin-placement setup. So, now his reputation and career are forever tarnished in haters’ eyes like yours. Pretty harsh for a man who has done what he has and provided us with such drama and exciting moments.

And then you body-shame him (“body of a bowler” and “mentality of a jewelry thief”). Seriously, that’s journalism? Sounds like hate to me.

If he were a woman and you said something similar, you would have been fired, or at least suspended and shamed yourself. What an unnecessarily useless comment. You have proved in your writings though that you must be a very bitter and angry man, possibly bitter that you never could be an athlete yourself, or break 90. Who knows? I won’t chase you down your rathole of hatred and disparaging comments any further.

Phil Mickelson deserved to be on that Ryder Cup team. Would I have chosen him? Probably not. But to blame him and not captain Jim Furyk? It’s on Furyk, not Mickelson. His birdie numbers were through the roof this year, along with his putting, and he picked up a victory in Mexico. And then Furyk puts Mickelson in alternate shot. Furyk was a terrible captain and completely outcoached by Europe’s Thomas Bjorn. But, hey, let’s blame Mickelson. To think any competitor like him is going to step aside is asinine.

Morning Read and you could do much better than this.

Dan Janton
Sugar Hill, Ga.


It’s over for Mickelson
Phil Mickelson has made a mockery of the PGA Tour’s policies and the majority of the golf media who continue to play up to him. He is a known heavy gambler who associated with a man who is now a convicted felon because of insider trading. That is some of Mickelson’s off-the-course nonsense. And he made a fuss over attending his daughter's high school graduation. Isn't that what a father is supposed to do?

Now, for the golf course-related antics: He made a mockery of the U.S. Open setup this year, and in a fit of anger displayed the type of sportsmanship that often gets golfers disqualified, but not Mickelson. He tried to embarrass his Ryder Cup captain in 2014. Now, Mickelson and his team are orchestrating a match against Tiger Woods. I cannot figure out why Woods would want to do this with Mickelson, but his ego is reinforced by a victory this year.

Yes, Mickelson won in Mexico, as you point out, but he is now 3 down heading to the 17th tee. Match over. He loses (“Mickelson nears end, but does he know it?” Oct. 25).

Yes, Mickelson got his wish in playing the 2018 Ryder Cup, and he struck out.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.


Mickelson is on the way back
This was the first time that Phil Mickelson didn’t earn his way onto the U.S. Ryder Cup team via automatic qualifying. Are you telling me this guy shouldn’t have had a remote expectation of at least one time being a captain’s pick? Clearly, he did (“Mickelson nears end, but does he know it?” Oct. 25).

That being said, I didn’t like his antics with captain Tom Watson at the 2014 Ryder Cup, but on merit, status and teammate admiration, Mickelson was a clear pick.

That was an unnecessary comment by John Hawkins about Mickelson having “the body of a bowler.” Just because he is carrying around a few pounds more than Adonis, that does not make him out of shape, especially for his age. Considering his debilitating arthritic condition, Mickelson is an amazing physical specimen. This is probably certain: He can swing faster and outdrive you on any given day.

I’m not a great Mickelson fan, but I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and his enduring, supremely high level of professional-level golf. Nobody has given him anything. He earned every bit of it and, in my opinion, is not near the end but once again ascending.

Pete Martin
Folsom, Calif.


Is Mickelson’s fate any different than Woods’?
Interesting, or perhaps disingenuous, that John Hawkins tries to convince us that Phil Mickelson is near the end of his competitive golf career, while many in the golf media are falling all over themselves to herald the rebirth of Tiger Woods (“Mickelson nears end, but does he know it?” Oct. 25).

Some even giddily predict multiple additional majors for Woods.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Ted Comstock
Lancaster, N.H.


That’s understandable
Just let Johnny Miller retire in peace (“Miller’s candor defines golf analysis on TV,” Oct. 24; “From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 25).

You should try to get Nick Faldo out at CBS. When he talks, all of a sudden he starts to mumble, and you can’t understand him.

At least every word from Miller can be understood.

Otto Strunck
The Villages, Fla.


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An oil change, a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, an NFL replica jersey, an ad-free Tinder membership, Omaha steaks, a basic TracFone, Amazon’s deal of the day, Shari's Berries, a dozen ProFlowers roses, monthly Internet plans, cheap sandals, a dongle, and, the best value of all ... the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson “9 Mil Dust-up in the Desert.”

Jim Kavanagh
St. Augustine, Fla.


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