What would Ma Eggleston have said?
The piece on gambling struck a nerve (“Golf bets on big payoff with gambling act,” Dec. 21). I used to gamble heavily on the course 40-plus years ago. Then it struck me that the urge to win might cost me friendships, so I quit gambling on the course.
I do play in the group games in which everyone puts money in the pot, with winners getting a portion, but head-to-head, I never engage.
The gambling part of the PGA Tour, as with baseball, football and basketball, has become modern-day accepted, much as our morals have slipped. We accept behavior that is still unacceptable to our long-gone parents.
I will not engage in the gambling binge, and I venture to add that the time shall come when somebody takes a dive to clean up on a huge bet or pay off a huge debt.
The Villages, Fla.
It’s all a matter of timing
I am curious how “real-time” gambling on golf will work when 75-80 percent of a golf telecast is shown on tape? (“Golf bets on big payoff with gambling act,” Dec. 21).
Also, it is interesting to contemplate how Phil Mickelson would have handled his situation on the 13th hole at the 2018 U.S. Open if legalized gambling had been in place (“Mickelson, USGA disgrace U.S. Open,” June 17).
Young disciples of golf’s waiting game
On Christmas Day, my wife and I were watching the 2018 Drive, Chip and Putt competition, and I found out why golf pros have become such slow players.
I watched an 11-year-old boy walk around the green, looking at the break (the break was evident to TV watchers), align his ball with the intended line, stand behind the ball and make 4-5 practice swings, then proceed to miss the putt and have a 2-footer coming back. The driving wasn't much better, cleaning the area before teeing the ball, taking 3-4 practice swings before addressing the ball, and about the same for chipping.
So, we can blame the coaches, parents and First Tee program for all the slow play that they ingrain into the kids, which they carry over to their adult games.
I guess we will never see faster play due to the attitude of take whatever time you need to ensure you make the shot and hope you don't miss; that would be devastating to your ego.
Because I'm 80 and probably won't be playing much anymore, I need not worry too much about it. And then I can stop watching it, also.
Ultimately, it’s entertainment
I liked John Hawkins’ article on Patrick Reed (“Bad-boy Reed gives golf an edge,” Dec. 19).
Professional golf, like all other professional sports, is for entertainment purposes. So not only do you get the primary entertainment from watching the actual golf, but you sometimes get equally entertaining moments from off the course.
Maybe the LPGA would do better if it had some “bad” girls out there. Aside from Suzann Pettersen’s misbehavior and Lexi Thompson’s rules violations, there’s not much off-course press on the women.
Most of the stuff I see online and on cable is not about the game, but about incidents outside the game. It would put a lot of people out of work if we watched only the games.
Talisay City, Philippines
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