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Witness to a wondrous feat, III times over
What a wonderful article on Charles Howell III and the RSM (“Howell finds merit in persistence on Tour,” Nov. 20). My wife and I attended the event on Wednesday and Saturday. We listened to the play by play on Sunday on the long trek back to New Hampshire.

Jeff Babineau’s article perfectly captured the facts and spirit of Howell’s dramatic victory. We followed Howell’s group on Saturday and were amazed by what we saw. Jason Gore was valiantly trying to resurrect his PGA Tour career. Cameron Champ was bombing drives, except most of his drives were with 2 or 3 irons. And, Howell just steadily went about his business.

It was true magic in a wondrous setting. Thanks so much for helping us relive Howell’s triumph.

Ted Comstock
Lancaster, N.H.

Howell deserves credit for competing with class
I really enjoyed Jeff Babineau’s story on Charles Howell III (“Howell finds merit in persistence on Tour,” Nov. 20).

It's not always about winning. Doing your best in a classy way counts, too.

Jim ONeil
Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Minutes matter on golf course
I enjoyed the letter from George Radford on faster play (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Nov, 19).

I also practice ready golf as he described. I remove club covers one time; they don't go back on till the round is over. I also believe in ready club selection, address the ball, hit it within two minutes and get back in the cart. Put the club away at the next stop, when you get a new club out. (If possible, I walk to my ball while my cart partner is hitting.)

Write down scores at the next tee while others are hitting. If you cannot play 18 holes in less than four hours, you need to play on the practice range until you can. Don't spend more than two minutes looking for a lost ball. It’s only $1.50-$2. Suck it up.

Bobby K. Goforth
Bristol, Tenn.

Slow-play fix on Tour: Wave faster groups through
The problem with slow play is its cascading effects on following groups. The solution already exists in golf etiquette: faster groups play through.

The PGA Tour should just park a slow group and let others play through until there is an opening to reinsert the offenders. This method works at resort courses, and it probably would be doubly effective with the pros.

Rod Clemmons
Nashville, Tenn.

Psst! Don’t tell sponsors about this time saver
I agree with Charlie Jurgonis and the use of a DVR while watching sporting events on TV (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Nov. 20). The DVR is the greatest invention since the wheel.

My wife and I DVR every sporting event: golf, football, basketball, etc. In October, it was a pleasure watching the baseball playoffs, including the World Series, in a fraction of the time as watching live. Two seconds after an out was made to end an inning, the next hitter was at bat to start the next inning. The same with golf. We watch no commercials. During a three- or four-hour telecast on Sunday, we watch in half the time.

I do have one fear. Sooner or later, the sponsors will figure out that nobody is watching their commercials. That may lead to pay-per-view TV, as in this Friday's Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match.

Ken Staroscik
Firestone, Colo.

Woods-Mickelson analyst is no slam-dunk
It’s painful enough to have to listen to Charles Barkley on NBA telecasts, but now they want me to pay to listen to him on the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match?

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

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