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Hawk & Rude’s latest podcast speaks volumes
The podcast interview of golf historian Martin Davis by John Hawkins and Jeff Rude was fabulous (“Hawk & Rude: Blasts on the past,” Nov. 29).

I always find the Hawk & Rude podcasts entertaining, but their most recent effort is especially informative and thought-provoking.

If other Morning Read readers want to hear a well-reasoned argument for why Tiger Woods is not one of the top five golfers of all-time, they should tune in. Regardless of whether you agree, you will be educated and entertained.

Thanks for the great work.

Tim Dowling
Reston, Va.

Jeers, not cheers, for ‘flawed figure’ Woods
Regarding Ted Comstock’s comments about coverage of Tiger Woods (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Nov. 29), I will add a few things.

I get it that Woods has moved the needle like no one before him and so is beloved by the sports writers. I get that the players love him, as it’s because of him that their payouts have become so outlandish. What I don’t get is why today’s fans slavishly cheer and support such flawed figures.

The heroes of my youth were not cheaters inside or outside of their respective sports – at least not that we knew of. Sadly, that seems common now. We did cheer underdogs, but never cheaters.

Let me propose a test: Would I want him dating my daughter? Woods and many of today’s other heroes wouldn’t pass.

Timothy Vice
Margate, Fla.

Decisions, decisions
I appreciate Gary Van Sickle’s sample study, but play will speed up only if everyone in the foursome agrees to leave the pin in the hole (“Stroke saver for ’19: Keep flagstick in hole,” Nov. 29).

If each player can decide whether he wants it in or out, play will get much slower as a player thinks about it, replaces the pin or takes it out, the next player takes it out, etc. I'm predicting slower play and a complete mess on the green.

I can just picture the foursome ahead of me going back and forth while we wait on them. It also will lead to more damage around the cup.

Tom Lockhart

Questions regarding new flagstick rule
Two points regarding Gary Van Sickle’s article (“Stroke saver for ’19: Keep flagstick in hole,” Nov. 29):

  1. If leaving the pin in is such an advantage, how come so many pros take the stick out when they are off the green?
  2. As far as saving time. you must consider the time it will take to put the pin back in once it is out for the other players in the group. It seems as if it will create more traffic around the hole.

It seems to me that the stuffed shirts at the U.S. Golf Association had nothing to do, never played public golf and just made a change for the sake of change. Nothing the USGA does in its own tournaments promotes faster play.
It seems so disingenuous to say this move will save time, although reducing the time to look for a ball is a positive development.

Gary Cohen
Great Neck, N.Y.

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