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'Captain America' ought to accept this mission
The killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi affects us more because he was one of us. His slaying doesn’t carry the same significance to Europeans as it does to us, just as the bombings in London and Paris don’t carry those cities’ pain to us (“Saudis turn to golf for cultural growth,” Jan. 24).

The European Tour has financial and identity concerns as well as an obligation to its members. The tour is not going to turn down events that benefit its members, just as the LPGA doesn’t turn down events in China. Neither group has the luxury of selectivity.

But, do Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed need the appearance fee to feed their families?

If Reed really wants to be “Captain America,” this would be a good place to start to repair his image.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

Keep politics out of golf coverage
I disagree with readers Derek Turney and Timothy Vice (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 25), who complain about Saudi Arabia and golf. Keep politics out of golf.

It's their country. Why do some people think American ideas should be everywhere, in every country? If you don't like the way the Saudis run their country, then too bad. This is the real world.

We have a government that was partially closed for 35 days, and two political parties running it with members who hate one another. How do you think that looks to the rest of the world?

Saudi Arabia is one of our allies in the Middle East, along with Israel and a few others, to counter the terrorist enemy Iran. So, Morning Read is discussing golf. That is its purpose, not politics.

For those who don't like it, stick with watching fake news. This is about golf and nothing else.

I enjoy reading Morning Read golf along with thousands of readers’ stories of golf, and we are not interested in involving politics.

Bravo to Morning Read for sticking to golf stories and not politics.

Gregory Tatoian
Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Take a stand and boycott golf in Middle East
I agree completely with readers Derek Turney and Timothy Vice (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 25). The European Tour should be that: European, not Middle Eastern.

Until repressionist dictatorships such as the one in Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states free their people, women and men, there should be no coverage of professional golf there.

Shame on the pros who play and, by doing so, support those bigots.

Carl Nilsson
Jacksonville, Ore.

Can we rip Saudis while filling up for less?
I must say that I agree in principle with the readers who are upset about your article about the European Tour playing in Saudi Arabia (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Jan. 25). The country has a long and documented history of human-rights abuses. There is nothing new here.

I usually want to keep golf and politics in different compartments of my life, but I understand the negative reaction. I probably won't watch the event because it's not showing at a convenient time. I don't plan to boycott the European Tour over it, but I imagine their leadership will reconsider a return visit.

One question, though, for your critics: Did you have similar thoughts when you filled the gas tank in your car for the past many years?

Jim Kavanagh
St. Augustine, Fla.

Here’s the 411 from Lakeland: Get ready for 911
Cool bike and idea, but here in our retirement community, I’m not so sure (“A faster, more fun round of golf? Hop on,” Jan. 25).

The slowest carts here go 15 mph, and most are around 20 mph, with many going 25 mph. I’m not sure that 16 mph would speed up play, but it sure would increase the visits by the first responders.

John T. Doyle
Lakeland, Fla.

Cautious endorsement of FinnCycle
I enjoyed Gary Van Sickle’s article on the FinnCycle (“A faster, more fun round of golf? Hop on,” Jan. 25) but have several observations:

1. Like putting with the flagstick in the hole, the FinnCycle won’t speed things up unless everyone uses one.

2. With only two regular tires, won’t the cycle tend to damage the turf?

3. Like baseball, we do need to speed the game up a bit, but one-hour rounds would take a lot away from the game.

Having said that, it does sound cool, and I am most impressed by the inventor’s earlier innovations.

Charles Peterson
Keller, Texas

Well, he should have seen it coming
Just when I thought that I could read one of Mike Purkey’s articles without seeing the name “Tiger Woods,” with only four paragraphs left, there were those two most-written words in Morning Read: “Tiger Woods” (“Winning solves lots of problems on Tour,” Jan. 23).

I should have known better.

Jim Kane
Palatine, Ill.

Giving McCord the silent treatment
Is it just me or do others find CBS commentator Gary McCord to be the most irritating person on the planet? His commentary is nonstop full of inane, useless information – sometimes very close to the inappropriate ledge. I don’t know how his colleagues tolerate his nonsense. I know I can’t, and when he’s on board, my TV is on mute.

I know others have complained directly to CBS, so I’m convinced he’s got something on somebody.

Sally Davis
New York

Golf needs a new direction
I was watching eventual winner Bryson DeChambeau over the weekend at the European Tour’s Dubai tournament and became very impatient with the time he used in making sure whatever marking he has on his golf ball was lined up with his putting stroke.

Perhaps the USGA will speed this up by allowing players to strike a chalk line in the green (sarcasm)? This would be faster than DeChambeau’s fastidiousness. To a degree, all PGA Tour players take too much time lining up putts.

Solution: Put the onus on manufacturers to produce personalized golf balls (which players receive for no charge anyway) with only player-identification marking on them. Only the manufacturer’s logo can be used, if desired.

The USGA should outlaw lines, which players inevitably use for alignment. This would speed up play and return integrity to the alignment rules (no alignment rods or caddies standing behind players).

Steve Hoffman
Hickory Hills, Ill.

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